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Late Summer Registration – Now Closed

Registration for our Late Summer session is now closed. Autumn is our next session. We will begin registration for the Autumn session in mid-to-late August. To receive notification when registration has begun, sign up for our newsletter at the box to the right.

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.

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 …

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 …

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.   …

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…

“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 See more testimonials

“I loved the approach! I use the tools Jill Chamberlain gave me with every script.” – Kat Candler Showrunner, Queen Sugar See more testimonials

“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 See more testimonials