“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, Staff writer, NBC’s BLINDSPOT, 2013/2014 NBC Writers On The Verge Fellow, NLMC/NHMC (The National Hispanic Media Coalition Writers Program Fellow 2012, 2012 Young and Hungry List.
“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, 2013/2014 CBS Writers Program Fellow, 2012/2013 NLMC/NHMC TV Writing Program Fellow, 2013 Scriptapalooza One Hour Drama Spec Winner
“Tawnya’s a killer teacher who just knows what she’s talking about.”
For me, Tawnya’s class really reinforces what deep down, I already knew: Develop the hell out of your idea. Because if you start writing before the story and the characters are totally ready to go, you’ll have rewrites up the ass. Tawnya’s a killer teacher who just knows what she’s talking about. She’ll break down what you think you know about television and pick it apart. Then she’ll let you put it all together because ultimately, it’s your dumb ass that’ll turn yourself into a better writer. Tawnya’s class gives you plenty of tools to make that happen. – Michael Levin, repped by Kaplan / Perrone, semifinalist in the drama screenplay competition at the Austin Film Festival
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
“Her class was always warm and open, but also very focused.”
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, 2012/2013 NBC Writers On The Verge Fellow
“The Televisionary Writers Workshop was the best writing workshop I’ve ever done… and I’ve done a lot.”
The Televisionary Writers Workshop was the best writing workshop I’ve ever done … and I’ve done a lot. Like a mama bird, Tawnya breaks down the Herculean task of writing a television spec or pilot into easily digestible chunks (sorry, that was gross…. but the metaphor still holds… even if it’s disgusting.) With the concepts and tools you will learn from Tawnya, you can finally turn that nebulous TV idea into a solid draft that will get you meetings in Hollywood (just don’t use “digestible chunk” metaphors… especially if it’s a lunch meeting… because it won’t go well.) – Tim Grant, Feature Writer. UTA repped Optioned Screenwriter & Blogger @ Post-Mortem Depression
“If all writing rooms worked the way Tawnya’s class does, we’d have much better content and far less nervous breakdowns.”
Tawnya is a very personable, intelligent and talented teacher. Instead of forcing a standardized formula down our throats, she worked from her own principal that catered to each writer’s background. Being a feature writer, she helped me transition to TV formats quickly. Tawnya created a welcoming atmosphere where the class members felt comfortable and supportive of each other’s projects. If all writing rooms worked the way Tawnya’s class does, we’d have much better content and far less nervous breakdowns. In addition to being a great TV writing coach, she has her finger on the pulse of the network development grid. I highly recommend Tawnya as a coach, teacher, consultant and human being (she charges extra for that). – Steven Weiss-Smith, Producer/Writer – DEAR ME, A BLOGGER’S TALE
“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