• “Very impressive! Jill Chamberlain goes way beyond tired old beat sheet ‘formulas’ and instead guides you to organically write the story you want to tell.”

    – Callum Greene, Producer
    Star Wars Episode 9, Crimson Peak,          The Hobbit 2

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  • “I loved the approach! I use the tools Jill Chamberlain gave me with every script.”

    – Kat Candler
    Showrunner, Queen Sugar

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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 & Academy Nicholl semifinalist, with several scripts optioned

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Now Registering – Spring Workshops

Registration for Spring workshops 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 (May-July), Late Summer (August-October), and Autumn (October-December). We have rolling admissions: we accept registration until a class is full, and then we begin accepting registration for the subsequent class session. More info…

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 at Amazon and in fine bookstores everywhere.


The Nutshell Technique is the screenplay structuring method Jill created and is the cornerstone of The Screenplay Workshop’s curriculum. Watch screenwriters who have worked with Jill Chamberlain talk about what a difference her Nutshell Technique has made in improving their screenwriting in the book trailer:

Nutshell Technique book trailer

Nutshell Technique book trailer


Since its publication in 2016, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting was an instant classic. It is the go-to manual many professionals swear by, and it’s on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University. More…

Alumni recognized by Academy Nicholl Fellowship!!

Alumna Louise Lynch is a 2017 semifinalist in both the Academy Nicholl Competition and Austin Film Festival with her screenplay God’s Law.


Previous alumni recognized by Academy Nicholl Competition include Rosaia Shepard who was a semifinalist with The City of N.O., Andrew Olson who was a quarterfinalist with The Bubblegum Killer, and Hannah Feller with her screenplay War Love, which made it to the semifinals of both the Academy Nicholls Competition and 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.


The Academy Nicholl Competition is awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the same organization that administers the Oscars) and is — hands down — the most prestigious screenwriting 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 Netflix

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 now available on Netflix.


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