• “I loved the approach! I use the tools The Screenplay Workshop gave me with every script.”

    – Kat Candler
    Writer / Director, Hellion
    (starring Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul
    & Juliette Lewis)

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  • “I’ve taken the workshop six times and each time, I wrote a feature script by the end. Excellent techniques – they work!”

    – Hannah Feller
    screenwriter with a script optioned & another that is a Nicholl semi-finalist

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  • “I love that now I have a toolbox full of stuff to use on a script! I have an Ivy League degree in writing, and yet I never learned any of this before The Screenplay Workshop.”

    – Erin Galey

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Summer Workshops – Register Now!

Registration for Summer workshops has begun! Be sure to register ASAP for the best selection and to ensure your choice is not filled or cancelled.


Workshops meet Monday or Tuesday nights. All programs are taught by professional screenwriters.


The Screenplay Workshop has workshops year-round. We have five sessions: Winter (January-March), Spring (March-May), Summer (June-July), Late Summer (August-October), and Autumn (October-December).  Registration for each begins about 6 to 8 weeks before the first class date. To receive notification when registration has begun, sign up for our newsletter at the box to the right.  More…

Alumna’s Film on VOD and ITunes

Aaron_Paul-by gdcgraphicsProgram alumna Kat Candler‘s feature film Hellion had a successful run this summer, playing in 30+ cities across the U.S. to great reviews. The Washington Post called it “a tough, uncompromising little film” with a “sterling” cast. If you missed it, you still have your chance: it’s available on VOD and ITunes.


Hellion stars Juliette Lewis and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It got lots of exciting press coverage such as this great video by the Hollywood Reporter and this video in the Austin Chronicle showing the cast and crew at the premiere.


Kat directed her own script, as she has for two out of three of her previously produced feature films. When Kat sat in on The Screenplay Workshop’s Master Class in 2009, she was already an accomplished filmmaker with two feature films to her credit as Writer/Director, Cicadas (2000) and Jumping Off Bridges (2006).


Congrats, Kat!!

UT Press Publishing Jill Chamberlain’s Book

The Screenplay Workshop Director Jill Chamberlain has signed a contract with the University of Texas Press to write a book on her acclaimed Nutshell Technique. The Nutshell Technique is the screenplay structuring method that Jill created and is the cornerstone of The Screenplay Workshop’s curriculum.


No, you can’t order your advance copy on Amazon yet. It’s not coming out until 2015 (and she’s got to actually finish writing it first…) But we’ll announce it when it’s available.

Austin Chronicle Reviews The Screenplay Workshop

This fall, Austin Film Society invited The Screenplay Workshop to present a special three-hour intensive at Austin Studios. Austin Chronicle sent a reporter, and here’s what she had to say about our signature method, the acclaimed Nutshell Technique:


“The Nutshell Technique aims to pinpoint the heart of the story and eliminate glitches and gaps, and judging from my experience in the three-hour intensive, it does exactly that…The clarity achieved in only three hours was remarkable. Weeks later, my ideas continue to churn, and I have already referred back to my Nutshell worksheet. I ought to laminate this thing.”


Read the full review.



Student is Nicholl & AFF Semi-finalist!!

The Academy/Oscars screenplay competition, called the Nicholl Fellowship, has announced that Hannah Feller’s screenplay, War Love, made it to the semi-finals! War Love was also named a semi-finalist by the 2013 Austin Film Festival.

Hannah has taken The Screenplay Workshop six times and has six scripts to show for it — and a Hollywood manager!  You may recall our previous announcement that another of her scripts, The Money Flight, has been optioned.


The Nicholl Fellowship is the industry’s most prestigious, most generous, and most competitive award (over 7000 scripts were entered).

Austin Film Society Reviews Us

Austin Film Society’s Slackerwood website recently sent a correspondent to sit in our story structure class and what did he say? “This class couldn’t have been more helpful” and “one of the more thought-provoking ways to analyze the structure of a screenplay.” Read the whole review