Tawnya Bhattacharya is a writer/producer, writing instructor, and founder of Script Anatomy, a writing school that helps television writers reach their writing goals and elevate their craft through classes, workshops and private consultations.
Bhattacharya, a screenwriting teacher for the past 13 years, launched Script Anatomy in 2011 just as her professional writing career was getting off the ground. Her objective: to use her experience of breaking into the industry and building a career to help other writers do the same. Currently writer/supervising producers on Famous in Love (Freeform), Bhattacharya and her writing partner Ali Laventhol have written on The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA). They are repped by UTA, Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Former NBC Writers on the Verge fellows, they were also semi-finalists for the ABC Disney Fellowship (before getting a job that took them out of the running), and Bhattacharya was also a FOX Writer’s Intensive fellow (FOX optioned her semi-autobiographical pilot). Bhattacharya’s teaching days began in 2005 when she taught feature writing. Upon starting Script Anatomy, Bhattacharya decided to focus solely on television and developed her own practical tools of writing and rewriting based on her own process. Over the years she finessed these tools into the unique Script Anatomy curriculum, which has helped hundreds of writers succeed, whether getting staffed, representation, selling pilots, screenplays and novels. She has guest-taught workshops with ISA (International Screenwriters Association), Stage 32, the TV Writers Fund, and has taught for the Disney | ABC Writing Program for the past 3 years. Bhattacharya has mentored for CineStory TV Writers Retreat in Idyllwild. She also writes a column in Script Magazine called “Your TV Guide.“
With Script Anatomy, Bhattacharya has helped hundreds of writers succeed. Some have won contests, festivals, and fellowships, others secured representation, or been hired for assignments. Others still have graduated from Script Anatomy to go onto their first staff jobs on network and cable shows, even selling TV pilots, screenplays, and novels as a result.
“Script Anatomy pushes you to dig deeper and ask those tough questions upfront. In a very simple, straightforward way, Tawnya is able to demystify the overwhelmingly isolating process of pilot writing by giving you tools you can take away and use forever. Not to mention the incredible sense of community you feel the minute you walk into one of her workshops. I was on staff for three years before I took a Script Anatomy class and even after breaking over forty episodes of television, I still longed for a sense of camaraderie and partnership. Script Anatomy provided that for me and reminded me how much goes into creating a pilot. It is an outstanding class for non working and working writers. I will definitely be going back.”
– Wendy Straker Hauser, story editor, Hulu’s “THE HANDMAID’S TALE”
“Tawnya is a total pro. Her years working in television have clearly helped her design a unique curriculum for all the workshops offered byScript Anatomy. These workshops are run just like a real television writers’ room with plenty of opportunity for feedback and ideas from other writers. They also provide you with a concrete set of tools to help you realize your story vision and capture it on the page. I wrote the first draft of my original one-hour drama pilot in her workshop and a few months later sold it to Universal/NBC! I really believe that writing that script in Tawnya’s workshop gave me the encouragement, motivation and insight I needed to get my script into tip-top shape. Television writing is such a competitive space, so any edge you can acquire going in is crucial. Tawnya and Script Anatomy provide that edge.”
– Barbara Curry (Writer of sold legal drama “REVERSIBLE ERROR” to NBC with FAST AND FURIOUS‘ Chris Morgan attached, Writer of the movies “THE BOY NEXT DOOR” & “ANYTHING FOR LOVE,” Hired to rewrite “THE JURY” at Fox 2000)
“On the first day of Tawyna’s Televisionary Writer’s Workshop, she laid out her expectations. She expects a great deal from the writers in her course because she’s preparing you be a professional. The course moves quickly. The deadlines are strict. And, the workload seems endless. In other words, Tawyna’s course was excellent. Her 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. Take the course and thank me later. ”
– Kirk Moore (writer, Netflix’s “THIRTEEN REASONS WHY,” 2014/2014 NBC Writers On The Verge Fellow, repped by Kaplan Stahler and Scott Car Management)