Tawnya Bhattacharya is a writer, writing instructor, and founder of Script Anatomy, a writing school that helps television writers reach their writing goals and elevate their craft through classes, workshops and private consultations.
Bhattacharya, a screenwriting teacher for the past 12 years, launched Script Anatomy in 2011 just as her professional writing career was getting off the ground. Her objective: to use her experience of breaking into the industry and building a career to help other writers do the same. Currently writer/producers on Famous in Love (Freeform), Bhattacharya and her writing partner Ali Laventhol have written on The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA). They are repped by ICM Partners, Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Former NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, they were also semi-finalists for the ABC Disney Fellowship (before getting a job that took them out of the running), and Bhattacharya was also a FOX Writer’s Intensive fellow (FOX optioned her semi-autobiographical pilot). Bhattacharya’s teaching days began at Writers Boot Camp (2005-2008), a program dedicated to feature writing. Upon starting Script Anatomy, Bhattacharya decided to focus solely on television and developed her own practical tools of writing and rewriting based on her own process. Over the years she finessed these tools into the unique Script Anatomy curriculum, which has helped hundreds of writers succeed, whether getting staffed, representation, selling pilots, screenplays and novels. She has guest-taught workshops with ISA (International Screenwriters Association), Stage 32, the TV Writers Fund, and the Disney | ABC Writing Program, and was most recently a mentor for the 2017 CineStory TV Writers Retreat in Idyllwild. She also writes a column in Script Magazine called “Your TV Guide.“
With Script Anatomy, Bhattacharya has helped hundreds of writers succeed. Some have won contests, festivals, and fellowships, others secured representation, or been hired for assignments. Others still have graduated from Script Anatomy to go onto their first staff jobs on network and cable shows, even selling TV pilots, screenplays, and novels as a result.
“Tawnya is a total pro. Her years working in television have clearly helped her design a unique curriculum for all the workshops offered by Script Anatomy. These workshops are run just like a real television writers’ room with plenty of opportunity for feedback and ideas from other writers. They also provide you with a concrete set of tools to help you realize your story vision and capture it on the page. I wrote the first draft of my original one-hour drama pilot in her workshop and a few months later sold it to Universal/NBC! I really believe that writing that script in Tawnya’s workshop gave me the encouragement, motivation and insight I needed to get my script into tip-top shape. Television writing is such a competitive space, so any edge you can acquire going in is crucial. Tawnya and Script Anatomy provide that edge.”
– Barbara Curry (Writer of sold legal drama “REVERSIBLE ERROR” to NBC with FAST AND FURIOUS‘ Chris Morgan attached, Writer of the movies “THE BOY NEXT DOOR” & “ANYTHING FOR LOVE,” Hired to rewrite “THE JURY” at Fox 2000)
“If you want to jump start your writing career, Script Anatomy is the perfect place. Tawnya’s tools for structure and story pushed me to take my work to the next level. She showed me how to channel my ideas in an organized and systematic way. In her advanced pilot lab she aligned us as a team from day one, coached us from presenting an idea from concept, to pitch, to script. She ran the class like a writers’ room so we could get a sense of the real world requirements of working on staff. Because she has worked as a TV writer for years, Tawnya brings her experience and all the lessons that she’s learned into class and gives you the tools to navigate the room. Tawnya’s approach is keenly-sharp and nurturing in a professional and enthusiastic way, all while keeping an eye on delivering the best story possible. Script Anatomy delivers tenfold.”
– April Fitzsimmons (Staff writer on ABC’s “SECRETS & LIES,” Freeform’s “STITCHERS,” 2014 Disney | ABC Writing Program)
“On the first day of Tawyna’s Televisionary Writer’s Workshop, she laid out her expectations. She expects a great deal from the writers in her course because she’s preparing you be a professional. The course moves quickly. The deadlines are strict. And, the workload seems endless. In other words, Tawyna’s course was excellent. Her unique approach to narrative and emphasis on theme truly elevated my writing. She gives helpful and honest feedback without being negative. As a working writer, she teaches from both an artistic and business standpoint, and I feel that’s what makes her such a gem. Take the course and thank me later. ”
– Kirk Moore (story editor, ABC’s “AMERICAN CRIME,” 2014/2014 NBC Writers On The Verge Fellow, repped by Kaplan Stahler and Scott Car Management)
“After taking Televisionary Writer’s Workshop twice, I dove into the eight week Pilot Intensive. Tawnya hit the ground running, breaking every story with the same tools, language and concepts used in a professional writer’s room. The results were extraordinary! I trust Script Anatomy’s development tools implicitly because I’ve reaped its benefits. I developed my first spec outline in Televisionary Writer’s Workshop. That spec led me to the Finals of every 2014 Television Fellowship Program. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you have the drive, commitment and passion, Script Anatomy will give you the weapons to succeed.”
~Charmaine DeGraté (staff writer on CW’s THE 100, Warner Bros Television Workshop Fellow, repped by UTA)
“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 (Writers Assistant, “AMERICAN GOTHIC” on CBS, 2015/16 NBC Writers On The Verge Fellow, repped by Principato-Young Entertainment and UTA)
“When I’m stuck in the writing bubble, need guidance and a fresh set of eyes on my pilots, there’s no one I trust more than Tawnya. I always walk away from our sessions with a clear plan, and solutions to the problems I couldn’t quite crack on my own. Most notably she does this without ever taking over the proceedings. My pilots still feel like my own. She helps respectfully guide the ship home, elevating the work with her effective tools and clear, cogent thought process. She has become my secret weapon and a trusted ally.
– Shannon Fitzgerald, Former Sr. VP of Scripted Development at MTV
“Script Anatomy pushes you to dig deeper and ask those tough questions upfront. In a very simple, straightforward way, Tawnya is able to demystify the overwhelmingly isolating process of pilot writing by giving you tools you can take away and use forever. Not to mention the incredible sense of community you feel the minute you walk into one of her workshops. I was on staff for three years before I took a Script Anatomy class and even after breaking over forty episodes of television, I still longed for a sense of camaraderie and partnership. Script Anatomy provided that for me and reminded me how much goes into creating a pilot. It is an outstanding class for non working and working writers. I will definitely be going back.”
– Wendy Straker Hauser, story editor, Hulu’s “THE HANDMAID’S TALE”
“Tawnya is the real deal. When I expanded my writing to include TV as well as features, Tawnya’s class gave me the insight and expertise to elevate my craft in a medium that was foreign to me. What I like most about Tawnya’s Script Anatomy Televisionary Workshop is that she’s a consummate pro and not afraid to tell you what you need to hear. Tawnya’s instruction is both insightful and personable – it’s the reason so many writers use her services again and again and it’s the reason I continue to use Tawnya as a coach to fine-tune whatever I’m working on.”
-Chandus Jackson, (2015 Tracking Board Hit List Writer, repped by Verve, 2014/2015 Universal Emerging Writing Fellow)
“Tawnya is the best writing instructor I’ve ever had. Period. She knows when to gently give and when to hammer hard. I took her class on a whim. And I’m certain that it was one of the best decisions of my career (funny that it works out that way more often than not). I can’t wait to have her stretch my work and my talent again. I’m thankful she exists”