Spring Classes – Now Registering
Screenwriting Tip: Structure Secrets
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Spring Classes – Now Registering!!

The Screenplay Workshop classroomRegistration for our Spring 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.
– SATURDAY group (1:30-4 pm, Mar 17-April 14)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Mar 20-April 17)
See syllabus
Tuition: $270

Write a feature-length script or script outline in 10 weeks.
– SATURDAY group (1:30-4 pm, Mar 17-May 19)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Mar 20-May 22)
See syllabus
Tuition: $475
(Master Class Alumni pay $425)

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!

Screenwriting Tip: Structure Secrets

Screencraft asked Jill Chamberlain to write an article for them about the secrets behind good screenplay structure, and here’s what she said:

“I explained that in my work as a script consultant, I discovered that 99% of aspiring screenwriters fail to tell a story. What the 99% do instead is present a situation.

“In order to explain the difference, I created the Nutshell Technique, a method whereby writers identify eight interconnected elements required to properly tell a story. It’s complicated enough that I wrote a whole book to explain the method (The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting from University of Texas Press). But here are the three most important concepts for understanding screenplay structure and the difference between a story and a situation:

1. Every story is a version of ‘be careful what you wish for.’
2. Your protagonist’s flaw is secretly what your story is about.
3. Beware of ‘Big Tootsie’ syndrome.”

What exactly is “Big Tootsie” syndrome, and how is every story ‘be careful what you wish for’? Read the whole article in Screencraft: 3 Keys To Cracking Screenplay Structure.

Or to learn even more, buy the book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, Amazon’s #1 Rated Screenwriting Book! You can also learn the Nutshell Technique directly from Jill if you take any of our feature film workshops (Fundamentals and the Master Class) or in private consultation with her.

Alumni News

In November, Tamara Saviano filmed the opening title sequence for her film on the life of Guy Clark. Tamara is the author of the award-winning biography on Guy Clark Without Getting Killed or Caught, and along with co-screenwriter Bart Knaggs, she developed the script for the film adaptation in the Spring 2017 Master Class.

Alaithia Velez‘s web series Unconditionally has been picked up by Amazon Prime and is available there for streaming.

Ray Spivey and Jeffrey Kerr‘s Writer’s Block has advanced to the quarterfinals in the Screencraft Film Fund competition.

Jeffrey Kerr was a quarterfinalist for Screencraft’s 2017 Comedy Screenplay competition for The Republic of Jack.

Mariana Worrel and Amy Frances Wright‘s Boo is a quarterfinalist in the Atlanta Film Festival and moves on to the semifinals.

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The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting

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