The Nutshell Technique:

Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting

Jill Chamberlain’s groundbreaking method of analyzing and crafting a story’s structure. Originally developed for Jill’s consulting clients, the acclaimed method is a cornerstone of The Screenwriting Workshop curriculum. The book was released in 2016 and today is the one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon.

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What Is the Nutshell Technique?

In her years as a screenwriter and script consultant, Jill Chamberlain noticed that 99% of writers fail to tell a story. What the 99% do instead is present a situation. Knowing the difference is critical for becoming a successful screenwriter. The key to story lies in its structure. With the Nutshell Technique, Jill unveils the core concepts of story structure simply, visually, and understandably. It’s why everyone from experienced spec writers to major studios seek her guidance on how to make a script work.

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Why You Need to Nutshell Your Stories

Since the publication of the book by the University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting quickly made its way on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University.

The Nutshell Technique is go-to story structure guide many professionals use and swear by. Here’s what Callum Greene, producer on Star Wars Episode 9, Crimson Peak, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, said of the method:

“The 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.”

About Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain has helped thousands of writers, producers, and studios find and refine their stories. As a longtime consultant, Jill knows which pitfalls are common among writers and how to avoid them. That experience went into the creation of The Screenplay Workshop.

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