Students: Tanisha Quilter-Williams Palm Desert MFA
Tanisha Quilter-Williams moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting. In the beginning of her career she landed work in the entertainment business working in the trenches of some of the most prestigious Hollywood entertainment companies–as an assistant and coordinator at the William Morris Agency; Don Cornelius Productions; RKO Pictures; New Line Cinema and ICM. While pursuing her writing career, she acting in music videos, commercials and soap operas. In 1999, she was chosen as a fellow in the Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program at USC, for my comedy screenplay, “Personal Problem,” about a man that looks for a date through the personal ads. She went on to produce a short film, “Artificial Genes,” a romantic comedy about a woman who used artificial insemination to start a family of her own. After hitting a rough patch, she decided to go back to school and completed her degree in Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies at California State University- Los Angeles. During this time, she continued to climb the ladder and landed opportunities writing for several entertainment television shows and magazines and soon garnered staff positions at Inside Edition, E! Entertainment, US Weekly, BRE Magazine and EURWEB.com. As a senior entertainment reporter she interviewed celebrities, such as, Oprah Winfrey, Catherine Zeta Jones and Kelsey Grammar. In 2010, she landed the biggest cover for US Weekly Magazine by bringing the Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin engaged cover story to the forefront. Coverage of numerous events and red carpets definitely gave way for some interesting stories. Williams passion for screenwriting never faded and she has began to write again and is currently working on a romantic comedy.