JILL CHAMBERLAIN is the Founding Director of THE SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP. As a screenwriting coach, story consultant and instructor, she’s helped over thousands writers find the best trajectory for their story ideas and given them the tools they need to execute professional screenplays.

Jill’s Nutshell Technique for screenplay story structure has been praised throughout Hollywood. Producer Callum Greene (Star Wars Episode 9, Crimson Peak, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) said “the Nutshell Technique is like the Rosetta Stone: it cracks the code behind why we love the movies that we love. It goes way beyond tired old beat sheet ‘formulas’ and instead guides you to organically write the story you want to tell.”

The Nutshell Technique is the basis for Jill’s book from the University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting. Since its publication in 2016, the book was an instant classic. Of the over 3,000 books on screenwriting on Amazon, The Nutshell Technique ranks #1 in user ratings. It’s on the syllabus for film schools across the country including the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University.

Jill has consulted on projects for major studios, for small independents, and for many, many spec screenwriters. Her students and clients have had their screenplays optioned, made into award-winning feature films, garner them Hollywood representation, land them professional screenwriting assignments, and recognized by top competitions including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’s Nicholl Fellowship.

In addition to consulting and teaching, Jill is an award-winning screenwriter and screenwriter-for-hire whose work has been seen in theaters across the U.S. and on three continents.

Jill is on the adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate filmmaking program and University of Houston’s Jack Valenti School of Communications.

Jill studied in the MFA film program at Columbia University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in English.

THE SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP‘s mission to bring the best in screenwriting instruction and story consultation to anyone, anywhere. We offer ongoing group workshops, one- and two-day weekend intensives, and short courses, as well as individual, private consulting services including story consultation, screenwriting services, script doctoring, and private instruction and tutorials. We can work with your organization to tailor a seminar or workshop exclusively for your group, as we have done with past clients like Maryland Institute College of Art, Austin School of Film, Austin Screenwriters Group, Reel Women, and The Writers Garret of Dallas.


All of our programs and services are available both in-person and online via Skype videoconferencing.