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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 IdyllwildHer 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.

TESTIMONIALS

 

“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

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ALI LAVENTHOL is a writer/supervising producer on A Million Little Things (ABC)

With her writing partner, Tawnya Bhattacharya, Ali has written on Famous In Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA). Their NURSE JACKIE spec was selected for NBC’s Writers On the Verge Program in 2010 and Ali has been a reader for WOTV submissions each subsequent year, reading, scoring and writing coverage on several hundred scripts. Having used the Script Anatomy development tools in her own writing, Ali is thrilled to bring them to a class setting where each writer will develop their project step by step with weekly feedback in a supportive environment.

She is repped by UTA, Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Morris Yorn.

 

TESTIMONIALS

“Script Anatomy has made me a much stronger writer. I have won and placed in multiple contests with scripts I’ve written in their classes. I can’t recommend them highly enough! I’ve taken the Televisionary class and the Draft class with Ali and both times I’ve been impressed by how she maintains a warm and encouraging environment while giving you the tools you need. She doesn’t just find what’s not working, she helps you fix it. ” 

– Rowan Wheeler, Winner of 2016 Final Draft Big Break Grand Prize, Winner of ScreenCraft Pilot Launch Winner, Top 5% of Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilot Contest, repped by UTA

“I’ve taken classes outside of Script Anatomy but I always go back because Script Anatomy classes are just more professional and the atmosphere is more serious and structured. We don’t run late, or go off topic, and that’s because of instructors like Ali. She runs her class like a writer’s room, it’s like practicing for the real deal. She’s very attuned to the story you’re trying to tell. Her notes are specific with ideas on how to elevate your work. And she's absurdly patient.”

– Jeane Wong, Winner, Universal Cable Productions Pitch Fest 2016, script coordinator ARROW (CW)

“Ali’s a great teacher. She gets right to the heart of a story. Her approach is focused on identifying and building upon meaning and relationship progressions, with an appreciation for structure. With patience and warmth, she runs her class like a professional writer’s room. And you have to come prepared. That’s how you get the most out of it.  I have loved every single class I’ve taken at Script Anatomy, and I can’t wait for my next one with Ali.”

–  Pamela García Rooney, Semi-Finalist 2017 Disney | ABC Writing Program, Quarter-finalist 2016 PAGE Screenwriting Awards

 
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LORELEI IGNAS (Creative)

Lorelei is a 2016/17 NBC Writer on the Verge, and was also a finalist for the PGA Diversity Workshop and the Disney | ABC Writing Program. Her one-hour pilot Limerick was named to the 2017 WeForShe WriteHer List, a selection of the industry’s top unproduced pilot scripts written by women, and the 2018 Bitch List. 

An alumnus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream, and was soon accepted to the UCLA Professional Program for Television Writing as a one-hour drama writer. SHE TOOK TELEVISIONARY IN XXXX. A gender & sexuality studies scholar and feminist from an early age, "which did wonders for my social life as a teen", she writes edgy, character-driven drama that explores the darker side of human nature through a feminist lens.

Lorelei is repped by UTA and has a pilot in development with AppleTree Pictures and A&E Studios.

 

NATASHA M. HALL (Admin)

Natasha was an English teacher in the Bronx, before she moved to LA in 2012 and studied at Script Anatomy. The next year, she placed in the Disney Writing Program (2nd Round). In 2015 she won Scriptapalooza, was a top five finalist at 2015’s Final Draft Big Break, and was named as WeScreenplay’s Diverse Voices 2016 TV Winner. Recently she won Gold at the 2017 Beverly Hills Screenplay contest for her STRANGER THINGS / SUPERNATURAL crossover spec. 

Originally from Brooklyn, with roots in Barbados, her writing explores the human psyche through the use of magical surrealism and the supernatural.

She is repped by Brandy Rivers at Industry Entertainment.

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JERRICA LONG (Social Media)

Jerrica took the Televisionary Workshop in WHAT YEAR. Most recently, her comedy pilot, JerricaSays, was featured on The Bitch List, and she is currently a Writer’s Assistant on BET’s Being Mary Jane. She created and developed the sitcom pilot, The New Rules, as part of Sony's Brave New World Program in 2014. Her work has been featured on BuzzFeed, Issa Rae’s The Peak, The Root, and Blavity, and on top of the writing, she performs stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy throughout Los Angeles at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and other venues. ,

A former intern at AMC/WEtv Networks, Jerrica's was also an office production assistant on the second season of Black-ish, assisting various partners at CAA. Later this year she will launch HerComedy, an entertainment and lifestyle comedy platform for multicultural women.