pitching retreats & coaching

Catherine teaches The Art of the Pitch for Harvard online (where she also teaches Screenwriting and Screen Directing) and for various other organizations and institutions. She has developed her own pitching methods and strategies that have helped dozens of creatives secure funding, collaborators and opportunities.

 

Private coaching & consultation available on pitching materials and preparation.

Rate: $150/hour. Please email catherineeatonfilms@gmail.com for more information.

 

Upcoming 7-day online retreat:

THE ART OF THE PITCH Online Melete Retreat with Catherine Eaton.

August 23rd – August 30th, 2020. 

This is a 7-day online intensive retreat in the art and craft of pitching, at the end of which you will have an entire full suite of pitching materials and a rehearsed verbal pitch for your developed idea or completed project. 

Join us if…

You have an idea, or you’ve created a brilliant piece of work: a novel, a screenplay, a concept for a TV series—maybe even a scripted nonfiction podcast. Now what? How do you convince others to jump on board to buy or create or collaborate or publish or produce your story? How do you move it out of your desk drawer or hard drive or imagination, and into the world? 

What you’ll learn and experience.

In this retreat, we break down the making of a pitch into its core elements as we practice strategies for producing pitch materials, and for pitching your project in the room to a live audience. 

  • Participants will learn the essential elements for pitching any project – live or on the page – and strategies for pitching in the room. 
  • You will write and revise a query letter / cold email, write a treatment or book proposal, build a pitch deck, and rehearse a live pitch. 
  • You’ll develop an insider’s perspective on industry practices and etiquette, essential knowledge for anyone interested in the business of creation. 
  • Finally, you’ll expand your network and make connections with other writer/creators. There will be writing prompts, communal writing/creative time in the writers’ room, pitching exercises, virtual meals, LIVE Q&As, group response and feedback – all resulting in a polished pitch and pitch materials for your dream project.

Who is this course ideal for?

  1. You’ve finished a script or novel or podcast and are ready to pitch it to investors or collaborators or executives or the like. This is perfect for you. You’ll come away with developed pitching skills and materials for your project. 
  2. You have an idea that’s very far along in its development, but no script or written material yet. You know a ton about it, and want to put pressure on it to see what is working and what isn’t, while developing the pitch materials for it. This retreat will absolutely do that. 
  3. You’re pitching an idea rather than finished material, and need that idea to be put through its paces! Refining a pitch for material always puts pressure on the material and vets it for storytelling strengths and weaknesses.
  4. You want to understand pitching and learn invaluable skills and techniques, and have a project you can use to practice with (either one of your own, or you’re interested in pitching existing material). You can use existing material – a project that has already been completed (even one that is well known) – and pitch it as if its your own, to learn new skills and craft!).

Please note that there is an application process for this retreat.

To apply, you will need to submit:

 

  • Your project or idea’s form and logline.
  • A one paragraph synopsis.
  • The current status of your project (Is it in idea form? Do you have a script or manuscript? Is it complete or in draft form?)

 

Please submit application materials to info@meleteretreats.com.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately. You will be notified of your acceptance status as your application is reviewed by the faculty.

Online Retreat Participant Cap:

15 .participants

Preliminary Agenda:

Here is a broad overview of what your week will look like. All times are Eastern Standard, but we’ve included various Virtual meals and Q&As to accommodate different time zones (those abroad, those on the west coast etc).

Day One:

Begins at 4 pm:

Faculty and student introductions

Informal LIVE Meet and Greet and Break Out Rooms

Opening faculty lecture

Overview of the week

Day Two

10 am – 2 pm: LIVE faculty session and Workshopping.

3 pm: Writing Prompts provided by faculty

3 pm – 7 pm: Writing Room is open for virtual community writing.

Day Three

10 am – 2 pm: LIVE faculty session and Workshopping.

3 pm: Writing Prompts provided by faculty

3 pm – 7 pm: Writing Room is open for virtual community writing.

7 pm: Virtual dinner together

Day Four

8 am: Virtual breakfast (followed by LIVE faculty Q&A for those abroad)

10 am – 2 pm: LIVE faculty session and Workshopping.

3 pm: Writing Prompts provided by faculty

3 pm – 7 pm: Writing Room is open for virtual community writing.

Day Five

10 am – 2 pm: LIVE faculty session and Workshopping.

3 pm: Writing Prompts provided by faculty

3 pm – 7 pm: Writing Room is open for virtual community writing.

7 pm – 8:30 pm: LIVE faculty Q&A

Day Six

10 am – 2 pm: LIVE faculty session and Workshopping.

3 pm: Writing Prompts provided by faculty

3 pm – 7 pm: Writing Room is open for virtual community writing.

7 pm – 9 pm: Open Mic

Day Seven

10 am – 2 pm: LIVE faculty session and Workshopping.

3 pm: Writing Prompts provided by faculty

3 pm – 6 pm: Writing Room is open for virtual community writing.

6 pm: Closing lecture and final words

Melete Retreat Cost: $1,995.*

*Payment instructions will be sent after application and acceptance. Thanks for your interest! Any questions, please email Melete Retreats at info@meleteretreats.com