Tawnya Benavides Bhattacharya is the founder of Script Anatomy and a writer/supervising producer on ABC's A Million Little Things.
A screenwriting teacher since 2004, Bhattacharya launched Script Anatomy in 2011 just as she was breaking into the industry. Her objective: to help other writers do the same. She created a unique curriculum with trademark tools for development, writing and rewriting, and she has helped hundreds of writers advance in the business.
As a guest instructor, she has brought the Script Anatomy method to ISA (the International Screenwriters Association), Stage 32, the TV Writers Fund, and, for the past three years, the Disney | ABC Writing Program. She has mentored for ISA and CineStory TV Writers Retreat in Idyllwild. Her column “Your TV Guide” appears in Script Magazine.
With her writing partner Ali Laventhol, she is currently a supervising producer on A Million Little Things (ABC). Previously they wrote on Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA). Both are former NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, and were semi-finalists for the ABC Disney Fellowship (before getting a job that took them out of the running). Bhattacharya was also a FOX Writer’s Intensive fellow.
She is repped by UTA, Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
“Script Anatomy pushes you to dig deeper and ask those tough questions upfront. In a very simple way, Tawnya demystifies the process of pilot writing by giving you tools you can take away and use forever. And there’s an incredible sense of community in her workshops. Even after being on staff for three years I longed for that camaraderie and Script Anatomy provided that for me. It’s an outstanding class. I’m definitely going back.”
– Wendy Straker Hauser, story editor, Hulu’s “THE HANDMAID’S TALE”
“I wrote the first draft of my original one-hour drama pilot in Tawnya’s workshop and a few months later sold it to Universal/NBC. And it was Tawnya’s workshop that gave me the encouragement and insight I needed. She runs her workshops like a real television writers’ room with plenty of opportunity for feedback and ideas from other writers. And you get concrete tools to help realize your story vision. This business is so competitive, any edge you can find is crucial. For me, Tawnya was that edge.”
– Barbara Curry, sold a legal drama REVERSIBLE ERROR (NBC) (with FAST AND FURIOUS Chris Morgan attached).
“Tawnya’s 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. But it’s hard work. She expects a lot because she’s preparing you to be a professional. So the course moves quickly, deadlines are strict, and the workload seems endless. In other words, it’s excellent.”
– Kirk Moore, writer, “THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (Netflix), and NBC Writers On The Verge Fellow in 2014