TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP

The foundation of the Script Anatomy Curriculum. In this intensive 5-week TV workshop, writers may focus on a TV spec or an original pilot. Your instructor will guide you through the process of crafting your script from concept to outline using Script Anatomy tools. This applicable and hands-on course will prepare you for staffing, development, and studio writing program applications, as well as provide tools to help your development process throughout your career.

Classes cover:

  • Hooks/Concepts
  • Arena
  • Loglines & Pitching
  • TV Story Structure
  • Strong Act Outs
  • Tone & Genre Expectation
  • Character Development
  • Dynamic Relationships
  • Conflict and Obstacles
  • Dilemmas and Goals
  • Stakes
  • Theme

Writers will learn tools to develop their TV scripts while completing weekly assignments on concept, pitching, character development, outline, etc.

Additionally, each writer will receive weekly peer feedback and instructor evaluation of weekly assignments and material in a supportive environment.

To find out when the next Televisionary Writers Workshop will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

TV SPEC & PILOT DRAFT INTENSIVE

Designed for writers who have completed an outline and are ready to write their TV spec or pilot draft while reviewing and revising core structure and other key elements.

Starting with a pre-class PREP week, writers will read a selected comedy or drama script chosen by the instructor and hand in their outline in its current form to receive notes in SESSION 1. In SESSION 2, writers receive notes on pages from the instructor and their peers on the first half of their scripts; in SESSION 3, writers receive notes on the second half.

Lessons focus on:

  • Structure
  • Act Outs
  • Set up
  • Character Development
  • Strengthening Dynamic Relationships
  • Amping up Conflict/Stakes
  • Deepening Emotion and/or Comedy
  • Scene Techniques

This is not a rewrite class, though there will be revising and retooling of story and key elements to elevate your material.

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

To find out when the next TV Spec & Pilot Draft Intensive will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

ADVANCED TV COMEDY PILOT LAB

This 2 week prep + 6-week intensive lab is limited to 8 students and is run like a professional writers room.

During lab, you will develop and write your material at the demanding pace expected in a professional environment using Script Anatomy tools.  All classmates are required to devote outside class time to homework, writing and, at certain points along the process, actively participate in the development and story breaking process each week.  In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job.  Working this muscle will benefit you.

Aside from helping you develop, outline, and write your script in 6 weeks, Pilot Lab includes writing and business topic lectures.  This unique curriculum provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

To find out when the next Advanced TV Comedy Pilot Lab will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

ADVANCED TV DRAMA PILOT LAB

This 6-week intensive lab is limited to 8 writers and is run like a professional writers room. Every writer is expected to actively participate: read materials, pitch ideas, give notes, and work together as a room to help fellow writers in the story breaking process each week.

This fast-paced class requires that each writer devote outside class time to writing, homework and, at certain points along the process, reading other classmates’ material to give feedback. In a professional writers room, you must participate if you want to keep your job. Working this muscle will benefit you.

Aside from helping you develop, outline, and write your script in 6 weeks, this unique curriculum provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

To find out when the next Advanced TV Drama Pilot Lab will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

ADVANCED TV SPEC LAB

In this 2 week prep + 4-week intensive lab, writers can expect step-by-step detailed feedback from the instructor on Script Anatomy development tools, outline, and draft.

Aside from helping you develop and write your script in 4 weeks (with breaks for outline and draft), this unique curriculum also provides invaluable preparation for your first staffing job.  We expect writers to read materials, pitch ideas, give notes, and work together as a room to help fellow writers in the story breaking process.  In a professional writers room, you must participate to keep your job — working this muscle will benefit you.

We strongly recommend you register at least two weeks early to ensure completing your prep work on time.

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

To find out when the next Advanced TV Spec Lab will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

"ART OF THE PITCH" WORKSHOP

This 4 session intensive is limited to 8 people and will give you the tools, insight and experience to successfully pitch a TV show.  This is an in-depth crash course on what to expect when pitching a TV idea to a production company, studio or network. Typically pitching is only experienced by the highest-level writers and there are usually about five people in the room. This class pulls back the veil on that secretive process.

Expect to:

  • Watch the instructor pitch a project he/she is going out with this season. (Invaluable! You never get to see behind the curtain!)
  • Learn the key elements of a strong pitch.
  • Discover how to hook and engage your audience from the get-go.
  • Learn what to expect “in the room” when you are pitching.
  • Take your idea, outline or script and create a written and verbal pitch.
  • Learn tricks and tips for memorizing.
  • Learn pitching do’s and don’ts.
  • Pitch your show to the class and receive feedback from instructor and peers.

PREREQUISITE: MUST HAVE TAKEN A SCRIPT ANATOMY CLASS

To find out when the next "Art of the Pitch" Workshop will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

REWRITE LAB

Need to rewrite your spec or pilot? This class is the place to do it! The instructor will read, evaluate, and customize a prescription for your current draft in the first session so you know exactly what to focus on in your rewrite.

This course is perfect for students who want to re-break or re-write an existing project entirely, but aren’t quite sure where to start.

In-class lectures, exercises, and assignments will focus on:

  • Concept
  • Structuring & Re-breaking
  • Character flaw, Core wound, Active goal
  • Relationship dynamics & progression
  • Storylines & Arcs
  • Sequence Building
  • Scene Work Techniques
  • Dialogue Techniques
  • Scene Transitions
  • Types of Act Breaks
  • Polishes
  • Additional Rewrite Plan giving you a clear path forward
  • Implementing Theme, and more...

PREREQUISITE: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP OR SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE.

To find out when the next Rewrite Lab will be, please visit CLASSES BY DATE.

 

REFUND POLICY:

100% refund 14 days or more before start of the first class

75% refund 10-13 days before start of first class

50% refund 7-9 days before start of first class

25% refund 4-6 days before start of first class

0% refund 3 days or less before start of first class

Wherever you are in your writing process, be it concept, outline, or a finished draft, our goal is to provide a consult option that gives you the strongest possible script.

While all our instructors have proven their worth in the TV industry, they are at various points in their careers. For this reason there are two price points, as below. If you want to consult with Tawnya Bhattacharya, please contact us.

SENIOR CONSULTANTS

Upper and mid-level writers with 4+ staffing credits:

Ali Laventhol

Alyson Feltes

Zach Ayers

Hollie Overton

Lauren Otero

Feature consultations are also available with those of our consultants who have relevant credits and experience.

To discuss tailoring a TV or feature package that will meet your individual needs, please CONTACT US.

100: TV OUTLINE ANALYSIS

Your consultant will read and analyze your TV Outline and give you verbal/written notes, as well as suggestions and tools to revise and elevate your concept, strengthen your story structure and theme, build compelling characters and relationships, clarify story and actions, raise your stakes, and go deeper emotionally. Whipping your outline into excellent shape is a crucial step to the development of your story and a strong first draft. Your consultant reads your outline twice – first for an initial reaction, then again to delve into problem areas and how to fix them.

Fee:
Senior Consultants – $450
Junior Consultants – $325

101: TV SCRIPT CONSULT – WRITTEN NOTES ONLY

Your consultant will read your script once, with an eye out for what is and isn’t working in your spec or pilot, then provide detailed written notes geared to help you rewrite and elevate your spec or pilot to the next level.

Fee:
Senior Consultants – $550
Junior Consultants – $425

102: OUTLINE + DRAFT CONSULT

Your consultant will provide detailed written and verbal notes on your spec or pilot outline, and then draft with an eye out on what is and isn’t working and offer notes and suggestions to help on your concept, strengthen your story structure and theme, build compelling characters and relationships, clarify story and actions, raise your stakes, and go deeper emotionally to help you rewrite and elevate your spec or pilot to the next level. This consult includes 1 in-person meeting at either the outline or draft stage.

Fee:
Senior Consultants – $700
Junior Consultants – $575

103: TV SPEC OR PILOT SCRIPT CONSULTATION

Your consultant will read your spec script twice – draft, and then rewrite – and give you written and verbal notes to help you clarify your unique idea and vision. We’ll make your episode a special stand-out spec by building your story with strong structure and act breaks, deepening your universal themes, and making your characters more compelling and layered through clarifying their flaws, voices, goals, (both want and need) and actions.

Fee:
Senior Consultants – $800
Junior Consultants – $650

*NEW* 104: OUTLINE + DRAFT + POLISH CONSULT

Your consultant will provide detailed written and verbal notes on your spec or pilot outline, then written and verbal notes on your draft, and finally, written notes only on your polish. Notes are geared toward helping you elevate your concept, strengthen your story structure and theme, build compelling characters and relationships, clarify story and actions, raise your stakes, and go deeper emotionally to help you rewrite and elevate your spec or pilot to the next level.

Fee:
Senior Consultants – $1100
Junior Consultants – $900

105: TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP (PRIVATE)

Your consultant will work with you from concept to solid outline of your TV spec or pilot using Script Anatomy’s signature Televisionary tools (includes two in-person meetings).

Fee:
Senior Consultants – $1650
Junior Consultants – $1250

 PLEASE NOTE the add-ons BELOW are only for the #105 package.

Add-ons:

Draft Fee:
Senior Consultants – $375
Junior Consultants – $250

106: TAILOR YOUR OWN PACKAGE

Contact Script Anatomy for Details

OTHER CONSULT PACKAGES COMING SOON...

**NOTE: All consults must be completed within 6 months of purchase.**

INSIDE THE COMEDY & DRAMA WRITERS ROOM WORKSHOPS

Instructor: Kevin Townsley

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COMEDY

Your dream is to be a TV writer. You’ve been grinding hard writing pilots and specs for years and you finally get staffed! But then fear sets in: what’s it like to be in the writers’ room? How am I supposed to behave? Am I talking too much or not enough?

 “Inside The Comedy Writers Room Workshop” will pull back the curtain on this elusive world. All of your questions will be answered, and you will also experience what’s it’s like to “break” a story with other writers.

Every writer thinks they’re going to be staffed on “The Good Place” or “Search Party”. But the harsh truth is you’ll most likely end up staffed on a show you’d never watch, don’t like, or that will be cancelled after it’s first season. To be successful in TV you have to be passionate about every opportunity. Thus the reason you just got a job on…

SON OF ZORN (yep the canceled Fox show created by Reed Agnew & Eli Jones).

Your homework is to watch the pilot (and ONLY the pilot) and read the script. The workshop will be a “mock room” of your first day on the job where we will break episode two of the series.

The spirit of this three-hour workshop is to learn and have fun, but most importantly you’ll get insight into your future career and who you’ll be in the room. After the mock room session everyone will be given individual feedback and the instructor will go over the dos and don’ts of being in a writers room. 

You will RECEIVE THE PILOT SCRIPT AND STREAMING LINKS TWO WEEKS BEFORE the start of the workshop.

*Limited to 25 Writers*

DATE: November 17th, 11am - 2pm

COST: $65

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DRAMA

Your dream is to be a TV writer. You’ve been grinding hard writing pilots and specs for years and you finally get staffed! But then fear sets in: what’s it like to be in the writers’ room? How am I supposed to behave? Am I talking too much or not enough?

“Inside The Drama Writers Room Workshop” will pull back the curtain on this elusive world. All of your questions will be answered, and you will also experience what’s it’s like to “break” a story with other writers.

Every writer thinks they’re going to be staffed on “This is Us” or “Ozark”.  But the harsh truth is you’ll most likely end up staffed on a show you’d never watch, don’t like, or that will be cancelled after it’s first season. To be successful in TV you have to be passionate about every opportunity. Thus the reason you just got a job on…

PITCH (yep the canceled Fox show created by Dan Fogelman & Rick Singer).

Your homework is to watch the pilot (and ONLY the pilot) and read the script. The workshop will be a “mock room” of your first day on the job where we will break A NEW episode two of the series as if the actual 2nd episode never aired.

The spirit of this three-hour workshop is to learn and have fun, but most importantly you’ll get insight into your future career and who you’ll be in the room. After the mock room session everyone will be given individual feedback and the instructor will go over the dos and don’ts of being in a writers room.   

You will RECEIVE THE PILOT SCRIPT AND STREAMING LINKS TWO WEEKS BEFORE the start of the workshop.

*Limited to 25 Writers*

DATE: November 18th, 11am - 2pm

COST: $65

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MARKETING TOOLS FOR THE EMERGING TV WRITER WORKSHOP

Instructor: Gil Hizon

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TV writing is not just a craft. It’s also a business. In this tough and competitive industry, being familiar with the day-to-day aspects of managing your business, whether it’s acquiring representation, dealing with your reps, knowing when to follow up with an executive, or just learning how to behave in a general meeting can make a huge impact towards getting ahead in your career.

In this 3 hour TV workshop, Gil will teach you how to efficiently navigate your journey as an emerging TV writer, between acquiring representation, getting more meetings, and building lasting relationships with your industry connections.

Whether you have a couple of scripts under your belt or an entire body of work, the tools you’ll learn in this workshop will help you come up with better strategies for managing your TV writing career path.

 

Please continue to check our CLASSES BY DATE page for the next workshop.

COST: $60

No prep work is necessary for this workshop.

 

PILOT KICKSTART WORKSHOP

Instructor: Ali Laventhol

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In this dynamic, comprehensive 4-hour course (3 hours when done ONLINE), we will give you a toolkit covering the critical elements needed in the pilot development and writing process, including loglines, conceits, what makes a compelling main character with strong stage of life, flaws, core wound, redeemable traits and goals, how to create a strong story engine, stakes, antagonists and theme, as well as core structural beats to get you on

Please continue to check our CLASSES BY DATE page for the next workshop.

COST: $90 

No prep work is necessary for this workshop.

 

FELLOWSHIP BIO & ESSAY WORKSHOP

Join us for a special fellowship season workshop focusing on the architecture of the dreaded fellowship essay!

In this special fellowship season workshop, we will deconstruct successful fellowship essays, analyze why they work, and help you articulate the symbiotic relationship between your life story and your brand as a writer in 500 words or less.

For our next FELLOWSHIP BIO & ESSAY WORKSHOP, please continue to check our CLASSES BY DATE page.

Throughout the year, we hold regular panel discussions with industry professionals – faculty colleagues, special guests, and Script Anatomy alumni who have graduated from our program and are working in the industry.

In this business, contacts are critical and career paths are like snowflakes — no two are identical. So we work hard to provide a wide variety of learning opportunities that will help all of our students stand out from the pack.

Stay tuned for upcoming panels.

 
 

LENA WAITHE PANEL OCTOBER 14, 2017

 

Script Anatomy Founder Tawnya Bhattacharya and Lena Waithe (Master of None on Netflix, The Chi on Showtime)

Lena Waithe talked about the importance of writing what you fear and creating characters who can lead their own show.

Script Anatomy students and alumni asked questions about branding yourself as a writer and how to navigate relationships with representation.

 
 

AGENT PANEL SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

 

Katy McCaffrey (GERSH), Matt Baldovsky (UTA), Katt Riley (Kaplan Stahler), Matt Snow (Paradigm), Karyn Smith-Forge (Verve), and Script Anatomy Founder Tawnya Bhattacharya

Script Anatomy students and alumni were amused to hear stories from panelists regarding daily client interactions.

 

MANAGER PANEL AUGUST 19, 2017

Script Anatomy Alumni shared amusing anecdotes of their experiences querying managers.

Jairo Alavarado (Circle of Confusion), Ray Jimenez (Zero Gravity), Nick Terry (Zero Gravity), Kevin Slack (The Cartel), Brandy Rivers (Industry Entertainment), Script Anatomy Founder Tawnya Bhattacharya, and Mikhail Nayfeld (Heroes & Villains Entertainment)

 
 

WRITER PANEL WITH LEE JESSUP July 29, 2017

 

Career Coach Lee Jessup

Participants were encouraged to ask questions about finding innovative ways to navigate the TV writing industry.

 

FELLOWSHIP BIO / ESSAY WORKSHOP AND PANEL April 8, 2017

Eileen Jones, Nora Nolan, Script Anatomy Founder Tawnya Bhattacharya, Miguel Ian Reyes, Lorelei Ignas and Cindy Fang.

Script Anatomy Alumni Nadia Madden, Paul Ditty and April Shih

Script Anatomy Alumnus Michael Robin takes notes.

Students were encouraged to share unique stories from their personal lives.