TELEVISIONARY WRITERS WORKSHOP

This is where you start. If you've never written a script before, or it's your first time writing TV, or if you're just rusty, and want a solid grounding in the art of television writing, the Televisionary Writers Workshop is essential. It's the foundation of our curriculum, and a pre-requisite for most of our other classes.

In this intensive 5-week workshop, writers may focus on a TV spec or an original pilot. Your instructor will guide you through the process from concept to outline using Script Anatomy tools. It's applicable and hands-on and it will prepare you for staffing, development, and studio writing program applications. It will also provide you tools to help your development process throughout your career. Many successful alums have taken the Televisionary multiple times, to work the tools on new projects. 

We 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.

Sign up for the next Televisionary Writers Workshop by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

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 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.

We 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.

Sign up for the next TV Spec & Pilot Draft Intensive by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

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 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.

Sign up for the next Advanced TV Comedy Pilot Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

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.

Sign up for the next Advanced TV Drama Pilot Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

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.

Sign up for the next Advanced TV Spec Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

"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.

Sign up for the next Rewrite Lab by visiting our CLASS SCHEDULE.

 

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

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THE CONSULT MENU

Whether you're at concept, outline, or finished draft, we aim to provide a consult option that gives you the strongest script.

Our instructors have all proven their worth in the TV industry, but some have more experience than others, so there are two price points for Senior and Junior consultants (as below).

Feature consults are also available with those of us who have relevant credits and experience. And if you would like to tailor a TV or feature package, or if you would like to consult with Tawnya Bhattacharya, please contact us.

 

SENIOR CONSULTANTs

Upper and mid-level writers with 4+ staffing credits

Ali LaventholAlyson FeltesZach AyersHollie OvertonLauren Otero

JUNIOR CONSULTANTS

Lower-level writers with up to 4 TV credits

Kevin TownsleyMichael PerriNora NolanRon McCantsApril ShihEmmylou DiazMargaux FroleyEileen JonesGil HizonRowan WheelerAaron Vaccaro

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Senior Consultants – $1650
Junior Consultants – $1250

Optional Draft Fee (only for #105):
Senior Consultants – $375
Junior Consultants – $250


**NOTE: Fees paid for any unclaimed consults must be used in exchange for like services within one year of purchase.**

MARKETING TOOLS FOR THE EMERGING TV WRITER

Instructor: Gil Hizon

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How do you acquire representation? When should you follow up with an executive? And how do you approach a general meeting? 

To succeed as a TV writer, it pays to understand what the business requires on a day-to-day basis. In this 3 hr workshop, Gil teaches you how to navigate the business as an emerging TV writer, from getting representation, to booking meetings, to building lasting relationships .

Whether you have two scripts under your belt or twenty, the tools you’ll learn in this workshop will be invaluable.

Check our CLASS SCHEDULE for the next workshop.

COST: $60

 

PILOT KICKSTART

Instructor: Ali Laventhol

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In this dynamic, comprehensive 4-hour course (3 hours when done ONLINE), Ali gives you a toolkit covering the critical elements needed in the pilot development and writing process. That is: loglines, conceits, what makes a compelling main character with a 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.

Check our CLASS SCHEDULE for the next workshop.

COST: $90

 

 

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.

We hold regular panel discussions with industry professionals – faculty colleagues, special guests, and Script Anatomy alumni who are now in the industry. They are a great opportunity for our students to learn how careers are forged and to make all important contacts. Stay tuned... 

 
 

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.