Winter Classes – Now Registering
Alumni News – Oprah Winfrey Network & Nicholl!!
Nutshell Technique – Amazon’s #1 Rated Screenwriting Book!

Winter Classes – Now Registering!!

The Screenplay Workshop classroomRegistration for our Winter 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 Winter offerings:

Learn in 5 weeks everything you must know to write a screenplay.
– SATURDAY group (1:30-4 pm, Jan 6-Feb 3)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Jan 9-Feb 6)
See syllabus
Tuition: $270

Write a feature-length script or script outline in 10 weeks.
– SATURDAY group (1:30-4 pm, Jan 6-Mar 10)
– TUESDAY group (7-9:30 pm, Jan 9-Mar 13)
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!

Big Alumni News – Oprah Winfrey Network & Academy Nicholl Competition!!

Nutshell Technique book coverKat Candler is the new showrunner for season 3 of Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network! Kat was already an experienced writer/director when she took The Screenplay Workshop in 2009. Her feature film Hellion(starring Juliette Lewis and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul) played in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is available on Netflix. Kat joined Queen Sugar in Season 1. Read more about her appointment to showrunner in Deadline.

Louise Lynch advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship with her screenplay God’s Law! She was also an Austin Film Festival semifinalist.

Alumni whose scripts were honored as Second Rounders at Austin Film Festival (AFF’s term for quarterfinalists) include Karey Green, Shruti Saran, Katherine Craft, Joyce Harlow, and Liz Belile who was also a finalist at Oaxaca Film Festival.

Carol Ikard was a quarterfinalist in Final Draft’s Big Break competition.

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

Nutshell Technique – Amazon’s #1 Rated Screenwriting Book!

Nutshell Technique book coverThere are over 3,000 books on screenwriting on Amazon (3,174 to be exact!) And guess which one ranks number one in user ratings out of all 3,174 of them? Why it’s none other than our very own The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting!!

Written by TSW Director Jill Chamberlain and published by University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique is available on Amazon,,, etc.; in libraries all over the world; and in bookstores including Bookpeople in Austin. So what are you waiting for? Learn the Nutshell Technique today, and see just what a difference it makes in your screenwriting.

You can also learn the Nutshell Technique directly from Jill if you take any of our feature film workshops (Fundamentals and the Master Class). And she’ll be teaching the Nutshell Technique in a special one-day class with the Writers’ League of Texas on December 2nd. Find out more about the WLT class, plus Jill’s opinion about likeable characters and other screenwriting conventional wisdom, in this interview with Jill on the Writers’ League’s website.


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