September is BACK TO SCHOOL time!
Elevate your writing and finish those scripts with the guidance
of a working TV writer!
Looking to secure an agent or manager? Want to write for television? Want to get a head start on your Studio Writing Programs and Fellowship applications? Or is your ultimate goal to create your own television show? Aspiring writers need an exceptional spec and original pilot in their portfolio to break in to the business. Make sure you’re armed with the tools you need and give yourself the best shot at success with…
The Televisionary Writers Workshop
Instructor: Ali Laventhol
In this intensive 6 week TV workshop, writers have the option to focus on a TV spec or an original pilot. Ali will guide you step by step through the process of crafting your script from concept to solid outline using Script Anatomy tools. This applicable and hands on course will help prepare you for staffing, development and the studio writing program application process.
Classes will cover:
· Loglines & Pitching
· TV Story Structure
· Strong Act Outs
· Tone & Genre Expectation
· Character Development
· Dynamic Relationships
· Conflict and Obstacles
· Dilemmas & Goals
… and more. Writers will learn tools to develop their TV scripts, have weekly assignments on concept, pitching, character development, outline, drafts, etc.
Additionally, each writer will receive weekly peer feedback and instructor critique and evaluation of weekly assignments and material in a supportive environment.
WHEN: 6 Saturdays starting September 14th to October 19th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
WHERE: Blank Spaces, 5405 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Limit 12 writers
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
ALI LAVENTHOL, along with her writing partner and Script Anatomy founder Tawnya Bhattacharya, currently writes for the hit TV series, The Client List on Lifetime. The team also wrote for USA’s Fairly Legal, penning the episode, “Gimme Shelter.” They have several optioned features and are currently in development with Battleplan Productions on an original pilot.
The team’s NURSE JACKIE spec was selected for NBC’s Writers On the Verge Program in 2010 and Ali has been a reader for WOTV submissions each subsequent year, reading, scoring and writing coverage on several hundred scripts.
After falling in love with playwriting in college but lacking the cajones to pursue it, Ali started in the industry as a Visual Effects Compositor. She has worked on countless commercial, music video and feature film projects including TERMINATOR: SALVATION, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN (II & III), NATIONAL TREASURE, DÉJÀ VU and MY BLOODY VALENTINE. In 2011 Ali earned her first producing credit on the indy feature PART TIME FABULOUS which went on to win awards at the Berkshire Int’l Film Festival, Monaco Charity Film Festival and Albequerque Film Festival.
Turning back to her first love, Ali studied screenwriting, taking many classes, including Tawnya's in 2005. Having used the Script Anatomy development tools in her own writing, Ali is thrilled to bring them to a class setting where each writer will develop their project step by step with weekly feedback in a supportive environment.
Laventhol is repped by ICM Partners and RAIN MANAGEMENT GROUP.
ABOUT SCRIPT ANATOMY FOUNDER, TAWNYA BHATTACHARYA
Tawnya currently writes on LIFETIME'S "The Client List" and recently wrote on USA's "Fairly Legal" with her writing partner, Ali Laventhol. The team are also in development on their original pilot with Battle Plan Productions and have optioned features, including one being packaged by CAA. The duo, repped by ICM Partners and RAIN MANAGEMENT GROUP, are past NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, winning one of 8 spots out of 1200 applicants. The team were also semi-finalists for the ABC Disney Fellowship before getting a job that took them out of the running. Tawnya was also a FOX Writer’s Intensive fellow where she optioned her semi-autobiographical pilot to FOX.
A distinguished writing instructor at Writers Boot Camp for 4 years, Tawnya helped hundreds of writers at various levels create and develop their screenplay projects through courses and script consultations. Some were beginners, others were executives and producers with decades of industry experience. Several went on to win contests, festivals and fellowships, produce TV, Features and Webisodes, secure representation, sign options, work for hire on assignments and shows, and sell their screenplays and novels as a result.
While watching writers struggle through the process, as well as contemplating her own, it became apparent what was missing. So Tawnya created Script Anatomy to fill that gap and give writers practical development, writing and rewriting tools that would serve them throughout their careers. Her professional screenwriting services are designed to help TV and Feature writers elevate their material to the next level and meet their career goals through private consults, workshops and classes.
For more about Script Anatomy, visit www.scriptanatomy.com
“Tawnya gives excellent notes to others on their creative process. She clearly understands the craft of writing. Her writing and her ability to connect with others will take her very far in the entertainment business.”
Tawnya is a dream to work with. She is a very talented writer! I believe her creative process will take her very far in this business. Her writing is poetic, lyrical and shows depth and complexity. She is every bit as strong on the page as she is in the room. She gives excellent notes to others on their creative process. She clearly understands the craft of writing. Her writing and her ability to connect with others will take her very far in the entertainment business. I highly recommend Tawnya. -- Jen Grisanti, Story/Career Consultant Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor with NBC for Writers on the Verge, author of the book Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story, blogger for The Huffington Post
“She helped me hone my original vision for a one-hour pilot effectively and efficiently by fine tuning the plot to bring in a boat-load more emotion and heart to the characters – thus elevating my story big time.”
The secret’s out… I have known Tawnya for the past five years and she is a consummate pro. Her superb television writing skills plus story know-how are beyond superlative. She helped me hone my original vision for a one-hour pilot effectively and efficiently by fine tuning the plot to bring in a boat-load more emotion and heart to the characters – thus elevating my story big time. In what can often times be a lengthy and frustrating process creating original work, her patience and guidance made the process fun and exciting. She can do the same for you. – Michael Perri, producer and creator of hit web series, “Citizen Kate” and “Weed Shop”, 2012 Young and Hungry List “Nexxus” pilot, Repped by The Arlook Group, NLMC/NHMC (The National Hispanic Media Coalition Writers Program Fellow 2012
“I had high hopes walking into Tawnya’s Script Anatomy Televisionary Workshop. My expectations were blown out of the water.”
I had high hopes walking into Tawnya’s Script Anatomy Televisionary Workshop. My expectations were blown out of the water. Tawnya’s class was constructive, supportive and insightful. She isn’t afraid to give you the notes you need to hear. Even better, she supports you with the right tools to squeeze out the talent. I’m truly amazed at how much my writing was elevated after going through her workshop. And when looking around at the other writers she mentors, I’m impressed to see that I’m not the only one. If you’ve got the talent, Tawnya can foster it and bring it to the next level. I seriously can’t express how great she is. I’m so glad I walked into that Script Anatomy workshop and feel so privileged to have Tawnya on my side, helping me through the world of TV writing. – Daireen Galeano, NLMC/NHMC TV Writing Program Fellow
“Tawnya is extremely knowledgeable and supportive and I recommend her to anyone seeking a teacher.”
What sets Tawnya apart from other teachers I’ve had is her unmatched enthusiasm for the art and craft of writing. She has a deep understanding of what makes stories work, and is great at communicating that to her students. Her class was always warm and open, but also very focused. People were encouraged to speak up, but if things got off topic, she would get everyone focused on writing again. Tawnya is extremely knowledgeable and supportive and I recommend her to anyone seeking a teacher. -- Kiyong Kim, 2010-2011 Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship recipient, NBC Writers On The Verge Fellow, blogger @ Kiyong's Blog of Creative Pursuits
“Tawnya was the best screenwriting instructor I could have asked for.”
Tawnya was the best screenwriting instructor I could have asked for. I am certainly a better writer for having had her as my teacher and am very lucky to have her continued support. She has a wonderful ability to get to the heart of storytelling with clear insight and determined precision. She has a no-nonsense style with a nurturing heart. I endorse her teaching one hundred percent. -- Wendy B., Screen & TV Writer
“Tawnya Bhattacharya is like a screenwriting personal trainer.”
Everyone has an idea. But to turn that idea into a 100-page screenplay takes dedication, discipline and hours of work. Tawnya Bhattacharya is like a screenwriting personal trainer. She’ll help you to whip that underdeveloped 98-pound weakling of an idea into a full-blown feature-length commercial screenplay. You’ll love the results. -- Tim Grant, repped by UTA, Optioned Screenwriter & Blogger @ Post-Mortem Depression
“I vouch wholeheartedly for her classes.”
It’s not enough to hit a simple home run in this business. Your script won’t get noticed unless you hit it out of the park, into the next county and across state lines. Tawnya can help you do that. She possesses a masterful grasp of screenwriting and the passion to share her expertise with anyone willing to work as hard as she does. As her former student, I vouch wholeheartedly for her classes. The feedback is powerful, clear, honest and effective. As her writing partner, I continue to marvel at her fearless approach to the work and her understanding of story. She is an absolute delight to work with, and when you hit your winning pitch, she’ll be cheering for you from the dugout. -- Ali Laventhol, writer on The Client List at Lifetime, USA's "Fairly Legal", 2010-2011 NBC Writers On The Verge fellow
"Her class stands out in the overly saturated arena of TV writing classes, books, and seminars."
“As a working television writer, Tawnya understands the inner function (or dysfunction) of “the writer.” This, coupled with her innate gift for teaching, make her class stand out in the overly saturated arena of TV writing classes, books, and seminars. Not only was her class informational, enhancing both my story and structure skills, but it was inspirational, fun, and offered a supportive environment for every participant. But, what really matters is this: Tawnya made my work better." -- Eva Taylor, attorney and aspiring television writer.
"The guidance you'll receive throughout the roller coaster ride is unparalleled."
Tawnya Bhattacharya's Televisionary Writer's Workshop is the place to go if you're ready to write like a professional. The pace is fast, the expectations are high, the deadlines are real, yet the guidance you'll receive throughout the roller coaster ride is unparalleled. As a rule, nobody should care more about your script than you do,but Tawnya frequently breaks this rule; whatever passion you bring to your script is guaranteed to be exceeded by her notes, ideas, and suggestions. This course supplies a safe, constructive, yet thoroughly challenging launch pad for any writer who's looking to grow...and start a career. -- Jason Romaine, writer/actor/comedian; current PAGE International Screenwriting Contest Quarterfinalist
"This workshop is worth its weight in gold!"
The Televisionary Writers Workshop was one of the most valuable, most enjoyable, and most meaningful experiences I've had in my writing career. And I promise you that's not hyperbole. As a working television writer, Tawnya is a wealth of information -- information that is current and up-to-the-minute. Tawnya's years of teaching and private coaching experience are beyond evident, and show up in her deep wisdom, perspective, and savvy. And all of this is delivered with clarity, humor, and an honesty that's always supportive. This workshop is worth its weight in gold! -- Blaed Spence; journalist and tv writer
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Sign ups are already happening! The last 4 workshops sold out well in advance and I imagine this one will be no different.
While Ali will be teaching this class (and she is amazing!) I will come meet you all the first day and be moderating the TV Writing Panel I always put together at the end of class.
Looking forward to meeting you.
Class is filling up! Very exciting.
Don't delay getting your project written -- Take the Televisionary Writers Workshop where you'll get excellent feedback from the instructor and your peers and walk away with a solid outline that's ready to go to draft.