About the Book

The Nutshell Technique is Amazon's #1 New Release in screenwriting!

“The Nutshell Technique” was Amazon’s #1 New Release in screenwriting!


“Very impressive! Jill Chamberlain’s 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.”
― Callum Greene, Producer
Star Wars Episode 9, Crimson Peak, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

“This is a book you can begin working from immediately. It’s a detailed, focused, ferociously practical method for structuring a screenplay. Author Jill Chamberlain shows you exactly how to get the work done.”
― Glenn Gers, Screenwriter (Fracture with Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins)

“A clever, fresh way of analyzing structure. I’ve added The Nutshell Technique to my own writing toolbox.”
― Sam Roads, Editor, Creative Screenwriting magazine


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

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

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

The Nutshell Technique is the screenplay structuring method created by Jill and is the cornerstone of The Screenplay Workshop’s unique curriculum. With the Nutshell Technique, writers identify eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story.

In the book, Jill uses easy-to-follow diagrams to thoroughly explain how the Nutshell Technique can make or break a film script. She takes readers step-by-step through 30 classic and contemporary movies, showing how such dissimilar screenplays as Casablanca, Chinatown, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Silver Linings Playbook, and Argo all have the same system working behind the scenes, and she teaches readers exactly how to apply these principles to their own screenwriting.

Learn the Nutshell Technique, and you’ll discover how to turn a mere situation into a truly compelling screenplay story.

The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting is available on Amazon and whereever fine books are sold.

"The Nutshell Technique" - now available in bookstores!

“The Nutshell Technique” – now available in bookstores!