Winter Classes
The Nutshell Technique – Buy the Book!
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Winter Classes – Start January 7 & 10!

The Screenplay Workshop classroomRegistration for Winter workshops has begun! All workshops start at the beginning of January.

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.
– SATURDAY group (1:30-4 pm, Jan 7-Feb 4)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Jan 10-Feb 7)
See syllabus
Tuition: $270

Write a feature-length script or script outline in 10 weeks.
– SATURDAY group (1:30-4 pm, Jan 7-March 11)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Jan 10-March 14)
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!

Nutshell Technique – Buy the Book!

Nutshell Technique book coverThe Nutshell Technique is a revolutionary screenplay structuring method The Screenplay Workshop founder Jill Chamberlain invented and is the cornerstone of our curriculum. Now you can learn the method in book form with The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, Jill’s new book from University of Texas Press. It’s available on Amazon and in bookstores including Bookpeople in Austin.

So far, there are 28 reader reviews on Amazon, and each of them give the book five stars! Here are what the most recent Amazon review have said:
— “Hands down, one of the best screenwriting books around. My script is rocking now!”
— “Excellent book! A pleasure to read.”
— “I love this book. You will find it enormously helpful.”
— “This book quickly made its way into my top suggested books to fellow screenwriters!”

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

The last newsletter was going to press just as Austin Film Festival announced its honorees. Here are a few more alumni whose scripts were honored as Second Rounders whom we missed last issue: Dana Cowden (with TWO different scripts honored), Andrew Olson, Lawrance Cuellar, Marybeth Brubaker, and Billy McNabb (whose script Catharsis was co-written with alumna Hannah Fellerwho herself had a total of THREE different scripts honored this year at AFF). Congrats, writers!

Speaking of Hannah Feller, her script The Money Flightwas a PAGE Finalist where it was also named one of the Top 10 Action scripts.

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


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