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Create Gripping TV Characters

Friday, August 2
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Garden A/B

In this crowded field of content, we can be hooked by a quippy line, action, and amazing visuals, but what makes us really lean in? The characters.

Unforgettable character work can make your sample stand out. It can make an exec buy a pitch in the room, make an actor take the role in your series, and make an audience tune in each week. That’s why creating a unique, complex and compelling character to anchor your television series is one of the most important things (if not the most important thing) to focus on when developing a pitch or writing a pilot. 

 In this workshop, you’ll learn how to develop a three-dimensional human being instead of just an archetype when you’re writing your main character. Leave with an understanding of how to create memorable, active characters with strong needs, wants, motivation, and drive so that audiences fall in love with them and invest in their journey.


Tawnya Bhattacharya

Tawnya Benavides Bhattacharya is a writer, writing instructor, and founder of Script Anatomy, a writing school that helps television and screenwriters reach their writing goals and elevate their craft. A screenwriting teacher for the past 13 years, Bhattacharya launched Script Anatomy in 2011 to use her experience of breaking into the industry and building a career to help other writers do the same. Currently Co-Executive Producers on Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia, Bhattacharya and her writing partner, Ali Laventhol, have written on A Million Little Things (ABC), Famous in Love (Freeform), The Night Shift (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Client List (Lifetime) and Fairly Legal (USA). In addition to Script Anatomy, Bhattacharya has guest-taught workshops with ISA (International Screenwriters Association), Stage 32, the TV Writer’s Fund, and the Disney|ABC Writing Program. She has mentored for ISA and CineStory TV Writers Retreat in Idyllwild. Bhattacharya also writes a column in Script Magazine called “Your TV Guide”.