Script Anatomy Presents

2nd ANNUAL SCREENWRITING CRAFT FESTIVAL

A Three Day Event on Zoom for TV & Feature Film writers.

FRI OCT 7th–SUN OCT 9th 2022

Four new workshops over a 3-day weekend, each with a Q&A, plus all kinds of special guests and events—panels, mixers and prizes.

The individual workshops are $95 each. Or, get a FESTIVAL PASS for $320 and get ALL FOUR WORKSHOPS plus *EXCLUSIVE ACCESS* to all the extras—a panel about life as a screenwriter, a Showrunner Interview, a mixer (with prizes!) and three Video Craft Talks sent to your email each morning!

Praise for the 2021 Festival:

“Incredible insight into structure, dialogue and character building!”—Aliso Wroblewski

“In-depth workshops led by brilliant and generous working writers.”—Keith Hallworth

”Without Script Anatomy, I would never have broken into TV writing.” Claudia Forestieri, creator of Gordita Chronicles (HBO Max).

Festival Pass

Craft Festival Pass

COST: $320

ALL FOUR WORKSHOPS

plus EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to:

⭑ 3 Video Craft Talks in your email each morning ⭑

⭑ Conversation between SA Founder Tawnya and Lee Jessup: “Fact vs Fiction In a Screenwriter’s Career” ⭑

⭑ Saturday night mixer with prize giveaways ⭑

⭑ Showrunner Panel with TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson of Bel Air) ⭑

⭑ If you miss a workshop, a recording will be available for a limited time! ⭑

Festival Line-Up

All workshops below may be purchased individually. On Sunday, choose which Anatomy of a Pilot workshop you wish to attend, they will be running concurrently.

Events marked ** are exclusive to Festival Pass holders.

FRIDAY, Oct 7th—2.30pm to 5pm PDT

Character

INSTRUCTOR: Ali Vingiano

COST: $95

Unforgettable character work can make an exec buy a pitch in the room, persuade an actor to take the role, and make an audience tune in each week. That’s why creating a unique, complex and compelling character to anchor your television series or feature may be the most important thing to focus on when developing a pitch or writing a pilot/spec.

In this workshop, Ali Vingiano a WGA Award nominated writer from The Morning Show (Apple) and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central) will show you how to create memorable, active characters with strong needs, wants, motivation and drive so that audiences invest in their journey.

Ali Vingiano

** FRIDAY, OCT 7th—6pm to 7.15pm PDT **

Fact vs. Fiction When Navigating a Screenwriting Career

FEATURING: Tawnya Bhattacharya and Lee Jessup

[Exclusive to Festival Pass holders only]

Writing is just one part of being a working screenwriter. But what about getting representation and managing those relationships? Networking and navigating social media? Do you need to move to LA? Should you focus on personal material first? Expect a frank conversation between two people who really know this business, with time for questions of course!

The host, Tawnya, is the founder of Script Anatomy and currently the Co-EP on Bel Air (Peacock). Lee Jessup is a leading career coach for screenwriters. The author of Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches from Focal Press and Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A Screenwriting Career, her clients have sold feature specs, original pilots and pitches to major studios. She is also a consultant for NBC International’s sales team, as well as a mentor for the Universal Writers Program.

Dedi Felman

Saturday, Oct 8th—10AM to 12.30pm PDT

TV Structure Bootcamp

INSTRUCTOR: Omaira Galarza

COST: $95

A lot of writers have a knack for dialogue but fall short when it comes to understanding TV and feature structure. No matter how clever or snappy your dialogue is, if your structure isn’t working then executives, agents, managers and showrunners won’t respond to the material.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to break story and come up with all the scenes for an episode or feature by focusing on the beats of the story, not the details. You’ll see the cheat sheet for structure that professional writers use.

Omaira has written for Station 19 (ABC) and East Los High (Hulu), Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network) and two STARZ mini rooms for Family Crimes created by David Ayer.

Omaira Galarza

Saturday, Oct 8th—2.30pm to 5pm PDT

Scene & Dialogue

INSTRUCTOR: Spiro Skentzos

COST: $95

In this lively workshop, you’ll learn scores of tips and techniques to take your scene and dialogue work to the next level. We’ll work on conflict and stakes, world, tone, exposition, beats and transitions—and we’ll learn to write rich, compelling dialogue that sounds conversational, shows contrast and subtext, and crystallizes in the memory of your audience. Who can forget “There’s no place like home?” or “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose?”

Expect a fast pace, and lots of video clips as case studies, as Spiro shows you how these techniques have been applied to great effect in the shows and movies we’re all familiar with.

Spiro has written for Arrow (CW), Grimm (NBC), he’s sold three pilots, and currently has several projects set up with producers.

Spiro Skentzos

** SATURDAY OCT 8TH—6PM TO 7.30PM **

Festival Mixer!

Hosts: Sasha Feiler and Syeda Lee

[Exclusive to Festival Pass holders only]

You’ve done great. Two workshops today! So let’s get together for a drink and a natter, to unwind at the end of the night. We’ll have breakout rooms, with instructors on hand to keep the conversation flowing. And prizes from our sponsors!

See you there!

People dancing in a conga line at a party

SUNDAY, Oct 9th—10am to 12.30pm PDT

ANATOMY OF A PILOT: HACKS (COMEDY)

The Old Man FX tv show poster with Jeff Bridges and two Rottweiler dogs
Howie Kremer

INSTRUCTOR: Howie Kremer

COST: $95

[This is one of two Pilot Breakdowns running concurrently, one comedy and one drama. Pick the one that suits your genre.]

Hacks is a brilliant half hour comedy. So join us as Howie Kremer, a writer and producer, currently working with Judd Apatow, breaks down the pilot episode scene by scene!

We’ll watch the show in increments, pausing along the way to analyze the writing in the light of the workshops you’ve already attended in this festival—the character introductions, the scene and dialogue work, the way that it’s structured. Howie will share a comedy writer’s perspective on the many choices that were made in this show, such as how jokes emerge from character, how flaws are exhibited and conflicts seeded for future episodes.

Ultimately, he will demonstrate how Script Anatomy’s writing tools apply to this hit show, as they can for your pilot too!

SUNDAY, Oct 9th—10am to 12.30pm PDT

ANATOMY OF A PILOT: THE OLD MAN (DRAMA)

The Old Man FX tv show poster with Jeff Bridges and two Rottweiler dogs
Margaux Froley

INSTRUCTOR: Margaux Froley

COST: $95

[This is one of two Pilot Breakdowns running concurrently, one comedy and one drama. Pick the one that suits your genre.]

The pilot for The Old Man (Hulu) is one of the most compelling in recent years. Join us as Margaux Froley, former Director of Development for MTV Networks, breaks down the episode scene by scene!

We’ll watch the show together and pause along the way to analyze the script in the light of the workshops you’ve already attended in this festival—the way that characters are introduced and their stage of life is established, the scene and dialogue work, the structure, and how conflicts and questions are seeded for future episodes. Margaux will illustrate how the writers created incredible tension and suspense, how they wrote towards clear themes and, ultimately, how you too can create similarly resonant work by using Script Anatomy’s writing tools which apply so clearly in this case.

Margaux has written two Lifetime MOWs, her series of mystery YA books for Random House won an Anthony Award, and she is currently writing a feature film for Octavia Spencer’s company, Orit Entertainment.

** SUNDAY, OCT 9th—2pm to 3.30pm PDT **

SHOWRUNNER INTERVIEW—TJ BRADY & RASHEED NEWSON

Bel Air TV Show
TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson

FEATURING: Tawnya Bhattacharya and TJ Brady & Rasheed Newson of Bel Air (Peacock)

[Exclusive to Festival Pass holders only.]

You don’t want to miss this! The host, Tawnya, will be talking to TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson, the writing team and co-show runners of Peacock’s #1 show Bel Air.

They’ll talk about breaking in, and coming up on a wide range of show including The Chi, Shooter, Animal Kingdom and Narcos. TJ started out in the army, and then the corporate world where he took writing courses by night, before breaking into the business with Rasheed on Fox’s Lie To Me. Rasheed went from a communications job in DC, writing speeches, to spending six years in LA as an assistant to TV executives before getting staffed. Rasheed’s latest novel My Government Means To Kill Me, is on everyone’s list as one of the hottest books of 2022.

This is a writing team that has paid their dues, earned their chops and successfully navigated a constantly changing industry. If you came to our showrunner panel last year you know to expect a lively, no bullshit conversation. So come with questions! For an inside look at a writer’s life and progress in the industry, this interview is an absolute must.

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Refund Policy

100% before 30 days, 0% after

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