• “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 our Summer session has begun! Be sure to register ASAP for the best selection and to ensure your choice is not filled or cancelled.


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…

The Nutshell Technique – Buy the Book!

TSW Director Jill Chamberlain’s new book from University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, is available in bookstores and online now.


The Nutshell Technique is the screenplay structuring method Jill created and is the cornerstone of The Screenplay Workshop’s curriculum.  The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting is Amazon’s #1 New Release in Screenwriting! More…

Alumni recognized by Academy Nicholl Fellowship!!

Two alumni were recognized in the 2014 Academy Nicholl Competition. Rosaia Shepard was a semifinalist with The City of N.O. and Andrew Olson was a quarterfinalist with The Bubblegum Killer.


In 2013, alumna Hannah Feller‘s screenplay, War Love, made it to the semifinals of both the Academy Nicholls Competition and the 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, had been optioned.


Given out by the Oscars organization, the Nicholl Fellowship is — hands down — the most prestigious screenplay competition that there is.

Austin Chronicle Reviews The Screenplay Workshop

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.



Alumna’s Film on VOD and ITunes

Program alumna Kat Candler‘s feature film Hellion had a successful run, 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!!

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