Screenwriting Fundamentals

Learn the Essentials of Screenwriting from an Authority on Story

Delve into the craft of script writing with Jill Chamberlain and a tight-knit group of fellow writers. In five weeks, you will learn everything you need to know to get started. For a more in-depth course, our Master Class is tailored to newcomers and professionals alike.

What’s Included

12.5 Hours of Workshop Time

Five 2 1/2 hour class sessions, each one filled with Jill Chamberlain’s unique lectures, skill-building exercises, group discussions, and individual story consultation.

Beat Sheets and Feedback

Get feedback on your story “nutshell” and your beat sheet outline from Jill Chamberlain and your fellow classmates.


Handouts of key story concepts and professional screenplay examples make convenient references in and outside the workshop.

Film Analysis

Each week the class analyzes a film assigned for outside viewing and deconstructs its underlying structure.

Out of Office Hours

Each week Jill and your fellow writers meet after the workshop for an informal conversation.


The five week Fundamentals workshop was developed as a script writing course for beginners. Each week there is a focus on understanding a different area of the screenwriting craft.

Week 1

The Nutshell Technique and Story Structure

Lecture on the Nutshell Technique and the underlying structure of a feature film screenplay. A film viewing assigned pre-workshop will be analyzed to illustrate the lesson.

Week 2

Plot Development, The Eight Sequence Method

Delving deeper into how to structure your screenplay, you’ll learn the eight sequence method for a three-act story. Your own story nutshell will be reviewed by Jill and the class.

Week 3

Character Development

Learn the secrets to creating compelling on-screen characters. Once your nutshell has been cleared, you can turn in a beat sheet for your story.

Week 4

Writing in Screenplay Format

Learn how to write in industry format, describe scenes, and effectively create action. We’ll go over all the rules — and when you can break them.

Week 5


Writing natural yet concise dialogue is an art form, and this is when we go over the principles to get you on your way to mastery.

The Master Class includes five additional weeks of workshops, covering scene and sequence construction, action writing, tone, theme, subplots, and the business of screenwriting. Master Class participants are also able to turn in their full length screenplays for review by Jill and fellow participants.