Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain is an American author, script consultant and screenwriting instructor. Her Nutshell Technique for screenplay story structure is the basis for her book The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting (2016). Chamberlain also founded the educational program The Screenplay Workshop, which utilizes both private consultation and group classes to teach the principles behind successful screenwriting.
Chamberlain earned a bachelor‘s degree in English from Columbia University, where she also studied in the graduate film program.
She serves on the adjunct faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Houston and has been a guest lecturer at Parsons School of Design, ScriptFest/the Great American Pitchfest, the University of Texas at Austin, The Writers Store, Writers' League of Texas, Austin School of Film, Austin Film Festival, Austin Film Society, Austin Screenwriters Group, The Writer’s Garret, and Reel Women.
Nutshell Technique method and book
The Nutshell Technique focuses on critical intersections that need to occur between the chronological plot and the protagonist's evolving character arc. When screenwriters fail to find these intersections, Chamberlain discovered, they fail to tell a central story and instead end up with a series of unconnected events. The book is included on the syllabus of the screenwriting program at Columbia University.
Workshops and consultations
Through The Screenplay Workshop, Chamberlain offers a five-week fundamentals workshop, where students learn all the basics necessary to write a feature film screenplay, and a 10-week master class, where the goal is for participants to complete a feature screenplay.
Chamberlain, her workshop, and her methods have been profiled in Creative Screenwriting magazine, and the Austin Chronicle.
The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press, 2016)
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