Late Summer Classes – Now Registering
City of Austin – Workshop Tuition Grants
A Quiet Place – The Nutshell Technique applied!
Alumni News

Late Summer Classes – Now Registering!!

The Screenplay Workshop classroomRegistration for our Late Summer session has begun!

All workshops are taught by professional screenwriter and script consultant Jill Chamberlain. 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 all our Spring offerings:

Learn in 5 weeks everything you must know to write a screenplay.
Tuesdays 7:00-9:30 pm, Aug 7-Sept 4
See syllabus
Tuition: $310

Write a feature-length script or script outline in 10 weeks.
Tuesdays 7:00-9:30 pm, Aug 7-Oct 9
See syllabus
Tuition: $545
(Master Class Alumni pay $495)

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!

City of Austin – Workshop Tuition Grants

Have you heard about the City Of Austin’s Capacity Building Program? Through it, individuals who are Austin residents can apply to receive funding of up to $1,000 to attend workshops, like the ones at The Screenplay Workshop. Up to $12,500 is awarded every month!

For more information call the Cultural Arts Division of the COA Economic Development Department (512-974-7700) or see their website.

A Quiet Place – The Nutshell Technique applied!

A Quiet Place photoScreencraft asked me to write another article for them. Here is an excerpt:

In case you’ve been trapped in a dark basement for the past year or so, let me be the one to tell you: horror films have fully hit the mainstream — and are producing big box office bank. Don’t believe me? Just look at what won the 2017 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (and the subject of my last Screencraft article: Jordan Peele’s excellent Get Out. And consider this spring’s sleeper hit A Quiet Place(written by John Krasinski, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods).

A lot of writers (myself included) who didn’t consider themselves fans of the genre are rethinking horror. It makes sense when you think about it. As writers, we want to push our characters to confront their deepest fears and face their biggest challenges. We try to create stories that reveal universal truths in unordinary circumstances. Horror allows us to write about things below the surface and deep down in our psyches, things that we might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore.

Read more and see the complete story Nutshell diagram for A Quiet Place in my full article on Screencraft: Story Lessons from A Quiet Place using the Nutshell Technique.

Or to learn even more, buy my book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, one of Amazon’s highest rated screenwriting books! You can also learn the Nutshell Technique directly from me if you take any of my feature film workshops (Fundamentals and the Master Class) or in private consultation.

Alumni News

HBO is shooting Katherine Craft‘s pilot script Halfway! Read about the project here. And the short film she wrote, June, is now airing on HBO, HBOGo and HBONow; check your local listings. It won first place at the HBO APA Visionaries-Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, won an AT&T InspirASIAN Award and made the shortlist for the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards.

Matthew S. Alaniz‘s Little Brother made it to the semifinals of Bluecat and the quarterfinals of Scriptapalooza.

Jeffrey Kerr‘s A Clear Duty made the quarterfinals of BlueCat. He and co-writer/co-director Ray Spivey are in preproduction for their feature mystery/thriller Writer’s Block.

Three out of six writers chosen for the next AFF First Three Pages Live are alumni! Congrats to Hannah Feller, Lisa Belcher, and Mary Mansfield. Go see their scenes performed live Tuesday, June 26, info here.


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