Autumn Class Info
Free Intro Class – in Austin & L.A.
10th Anniversary Party – October 27
The Nutshell Technique – Read All About It!
Alumni News

Autumn Classes – Register Now!

The Screenplay Workshop classroom

Registration for Autumn workshops has begun! All workshops start the second week of October.

Workshops are taught by professional screenwriters. Be sure to register ASAP for the best selection and to ensure your choice is not filled or cancelled.

Our workshops are for all levels: beginners through professionals. Classes are highly interactive, jam-packed with information, and a ton of fun!

Here are our Autumn offerings:

Learn in 5 weeks everything you must know to write a screenplay.
– MONDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Oct 10-Nov 7)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Oct 11-Nov 8)
See syllabus
Tuition: $270

Write a feature-length script or script outline in 10 weeks.
– MONDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Oct 10-Dec 12)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Oct 11-Dec 13)
See syllabus
Tuition: $475
(Master Class Alumni pay $415)

is also available. See more info on our website.

Just hit “Reply” and e-mail us with which workshop group you are interested in, and we’ll email back to get you enrolled right away!

Free Intro Classes – in Austin & L.A.

This fall, TSW Director Jill Chamberlain will be giving a free introductory class on screenplay story structure in Austin and Los Angeles. The free classes will be in conjunction with her book tour celebrating the release of The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, which is Jill’s book on the unique screenplay structuring method that is central to The Screenplay Workshop’s curriculum.

Don’t miss out these valuable opportunities to learn about how to write a successful screenplay with our exclusive Nutshell Technique:

  • Saturday, September 24, 10 am:
    Austin Screenwriters Group
    Free & open to the public. Info here
  • Thursday, November 10, 7 pm:
    The Hatchery Press – Los Angeles
    Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Info here
  • Saturday, November 12, 2 pm:
    The Writers Store – Los Angeles
    Free (preregistration required). Info here

10th Anniversary Party – October 27

It’s our 10th Anniversary, and it’s time to celebrate. Be sure to save the date!

In Autumn 2006, The Screenplay Workshop with Jill Chamberlain was founded, and our inaugural Master Class was held. It’s hard to believe that that was ten years ago and about a thousand writers later, but here we are! As our alumni will tell you (many of whom drove in from Houston and Dallas and beyond), you just won’t find a better place to learn the craft of screenwriting than at The Screenplay Workshop with Jill Chamberlain.

Don’t miss our big 10th anniversary party! Check the website for RSVP details and updates. Alumni: watch your email for details when they are announced.

Thursday, October 27
7 pm
Austin location TBA

Nutshell Technique – Read All About It!

Nutshell Technique book cover

The film world is taking notice of screenwriting expert Jill Chamberlain and lining up to learn more of the lessons laid out in her groundbreaking book The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press). The book is available online and in bookstores including Bookpeople in Austin and L.A.’s Writers Store.

Jill and her book were featured recently in Creative Screenwriting magazine. Editor Sam Roads said about the book, “it’s a clever, fresh way of analyzing structure. I’ve added The Nutshell Technique to my own writing toolbox.”

The interview, which is available at, features Chamberlain sharing valuable material, including:

– the secret to how to create an ending that both surprises and satisfies an audience
– the critical difference between a story and a situation, which is a concept that eludes even experienced writers
– examples of her exclusive story “Nutshell”: the schematic she invented to diagram the central story of films

Jill and her book were also recently featured in Austin Monthly magazine and on KOOP Radio’s Writing on the Air.

The Nutshell Technique is a revolutionary screenplay structuring method Jill invented and the cornerstone of The Screenplay Workshop’s curriculum. To get a sense of what a profound difference the Nutshell Technique makes, please check out the book trailer, featuring screenwriters who have worked with Jill and applied the method to their own work:

Alumni News

Austin Film Festival had its most competitive year yet — a whopping 9,100 entries were received! Alumni whose scripts were honored as Second Rounders (AFF’s term for quarterfinalists) include Shruti Saran, Katherine Craft, Hannah Feller, and — with TWO different scripts — Liz Belile! (all four of these writers are featured in the Nutshell Technique book trailer! 🙂 Also named Second Rounders were Joyce Harlow and Stephanie Easterday. Congrats, ladies! (AFF was just announcing script honorees as the newsletter was going to press, so if I missed you, please let me know & I’ll include you in the next issue).

Hannah Feller was a PAGE semifinalist with her screenplay The Money Flight and a Scriptapalooza semifinalist with The Wrong War.

Dave Pantano‘s feature screenplay Backfired was honored as a PAGE quarterfinalist and received 3rd Place in the Williamsburg International Film Festival’s script competition.

Writer/director Lisa Belcher was nominated for Best Texas Director at Austin Revolution Film Festival for her film The Gift.

Master Class alum (and former The Screenplay Workshop intern) Stefan Allen is now the Operations Manager at Austin Film Festival. He’s currently recruiting volunteers for AFF, specifically for the position of Filmmaker Liaision; for more info please email him at

Speaking of AFF, I’ll be returning as a panel moderator and pitch competition judge. Look for me at the Festival and please say “hi” if you see me. -Jill Chamberlain

Alumni: be sure to email us about your news. We love to hear from you! Email


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