Want to write a killer screenplay that will get you noticed? Win contests? Or maybe even sell?
Jumpstart 2012 by gaining the tools you need to give yourself the best shot at success.
WRITE YOUR FEATURE -- FROM BLANK PAGE TO FIRST DRAFT
Instructor: Tawnya Bhattacharya
During this intensive 10-week course you'll gain an effective writing process that will empower you throughout your career.
You'll learn how to develop, write and rewrite your script using tools that will help you realize your vision, deepen your craft and take your writing to the next level.
Classes include lectures, tool work, assignments and in-depth analysis of existing scripts and films. Feedback from both the instructor and peers is also an important component of the course.
Join this challenging and constructive environment and watch your screenplay develop, step by step, from concept to a solid first draft.
As part of the course you will also:
-- Brainstorm, evaluate and elevate your concept
-- Craft a logline
-- Pitch your ideas
-- Create compelling three-dimensional characters
-- Build stakes and conflict
-- Write strong dynamic relationships
-- Analyze three act structure
-- Build a solid beat sheet
-- Integrate powerful theme into your story
-- Develop a character's transformational arc
-- Write with set-pieces and cinematic imagery
-- Craft memorable scenes
-- Enhance dialogue and punch up techniques
You'll learn and develop the skill set required to succeed.
WHEN: Ten Saturdays starting March 3rd to May 5th, 11am - 2 pm
WHERE: Blank Spaces @ 5405 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036 (near Wilshire & La Brea)
COST: $995 for 10 weeks, 3 hour class per week + weekly office hours. From Blank Page to First Draft also includes one script consultation on the project you develop in class.
*Because of the hands on nature of this course and attention spent with individual projects, class is limited to 12 writers. Writers who have previously taken my feature class are eligible for a discount.
*NOTE: Eventbrite & PayPal charges fees for processing. Cancellation fees will be deducted per PayPal should you need to cancel.
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.
Tawnya currently writes on USA's "Fairly Legal" with her writing partner. The team are also in development with their original pilot, “Bullet” and have optioned features, including one being packaged by CAA. The duo, repped by CAA and RABINER/DAMATO ENTERTAINMENT are past NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, winning one of 8 spots out of 1200 applicants. Tawnya is also a FOX Writer’s Initiative fellow, has optioned her semi-autobiographical pilot to FOX and completed several writing assignments.
For more about Tawnya and Script Anatomy visit www.scriptanatomy.com
For TV Writers interested in my 6 week Televisionary Writers Workshop in January 2012, click here for details.
“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 strikes the perfect balance between supportive and honest, always offering nuts-and-bolts solutions along with her insightful feedback.”
There are a lot of different screenwriting theories out there. Tawnya’s well-rounded background as both a screenwriter and writing instructor allows her to pick the most useful bits from the most successful approaches and put them to work making a good script great. Her dry sense of humor makes her a natural for comedy, but she’s just as comfortable with an action setpiece or a character drama. And her experience in front of the camera gives her first-hand knowledge about how to write pages that engage actors. She’s strikes the perfect balance between supportive and honest, always offering nuts-and-bolts solutions along with her insightful feedback. -- Kevin Lee Miller, screenwriter with an optioned feature at Sony, Grand Prize Winner Final Draft Big Break Competition; 2-Time Winner, Worldfest-Houston Int’l Film Festival
“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, blogger @ Kiyong's Blog of Creative Pursuits
“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, repped writer, producer and creator of two hit web series, “Citizen Kate” and “Weed Shop”, plus the upcoming animated series, “Jimmy the Gnome”
“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 USA's "Fairly Legal", optioned screenwriter, 2010-2011 NBC Writers On The Verge fellow
“This will be the one part of your week that you will schedule everything else around.”
“You will be inspired, you will be challenged, you will write pages and you will get better! If you have the writer’s blues and you don’t want to pay for therapy take this class. You will leave feeling better than when you got there.” -- Will Mazor, Screenwriter & Austin Film Festival Screenplay Finalist
“You’ll learn how to exploit the weapons you have, and add a few to your arsenal.”
If you’re looking for armor to shield your ego from the beast that is Hollywood, go somewhere else. If you’re serious about making a go of it, and are ready to get bloody along the way then you’ve found your mentor. Come grease your pistol, sharpen your sword, and tune up those hand-to-hand combat skills. Tawnya is well versed in the screenwriting craft and possesses a keen understanding of the greater marketplace. You’ll learn how to exploit the weapons you have, and add a few to your arsenal. If you can’t survive out there, and maybe even prosper, it won’t be for lack of knowledge and preparation. -- A. Ladd, Screenwriter
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