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"The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Story Structure" with Jill Chamberlain

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ACC Highland, Buildilng 1, Room 2219
6101 ACC Highland Campus Dr
Austin, TX 78752

11/2/2019 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Online registration for this class has closed. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the door, as space allows. 

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Do you know the difference between story and situation?

In this information-packed class, author and script consultant Jill Chamberlain will walk through the Nutshell Technique, the method she created to visually demonstrate to writers the difference between story and situation and to show them how to transform mere situations into surprising and satisfying stories.

Participants will learn:

  • the eight linked elements required to successfully tell a story and not just present a situation
  • how the protagonist's central flaw is the single best writing tool you're not fully utilizing
  • how to find that "inevitable yet unexpected" ending that both surprises and satisfies audiences

Participants will receive handouts containing the Nutshell Technique schematic (known as the “nutshell”) and will walk away with everything they need to know in order to use the Nutshell Technique to help them with their next screenplay. Chamberlain will work with volunteers who opt to share their story “nutshell” with the group, and she'll demonstrate for the class how the Nutshell Technique can transform mere situations into truly compelling screenplay stories.

Appropriate for all levels of writers, from those completely new to screenwriting to those who have already finished scripts. The Nutshell Technique can be used with film screenplays, television scripts, and novels.

Note: This class will refer to Tootsie and Groundhog Day. Please watch (or rewatch) Tootsie before the class, and if you've never seen Groundhog Day, watch it prior to the class (if you've previously seen Groundhog Day, no need to rewatch).




  • You're writing screenplays, television scripts, or a novel.
  • You story lacks action.
  • You want tips for building plot.



Jill Chamberlain is the founder of The Screenplay Workshop screenwriting school in Austin where she has helped thousands of writers with their screenplays. Her book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting, is one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. It's considered the go-to manual many professionals swear by and is on the syllabus for film schools across the world including the acclaimed screenwriting program at Columbia University. Producer Callum Greene (Star Wars Episode IX) said “Chamberlain's Nutshell Technique cracks the code behind why we love the movies that we love. It will guide you to organically write the story you want to tell." Chamberlain has fixed and fine tuned scripts for major Hollywood studios, A-list screenwriters, television showrunners, award-winning independent filmmakers and many spec script writers. Find out more and connect with her at




ACC Highland, Building 1, Room 2219:  6101 ACC Highland Campus Dr, Austin, TX 78752. You can find an ACC campus map here.



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

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Registration will close on Thursday, October 31, at midnight. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


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