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The Nutshell Technique: FREE Screenwriting Workshop with Jill Chamberlain

At a Glance

  • FREE workshop and book signing with script consultant and author Jill Chamberlain
  • Chamberlain will teach participants the Nutshell Technique, her radically different approach to screenplay story structure
  • Examples shared taken from famous films and from audience members’ stories

Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don’t know how to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present a situation. In order to explain the difference, Chamberlain created the Nutshell Technique, a method whereby writers identify eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story.

In this interactive workshop, Chamberlain will walk through the Nutshell Technique, looking at famous film examples and thoroughly explaining how the Nutshell Technique can make or break a film script.

Workshop participants will be provided handouts containing the Nutshell Technique schematic (known as the “nutshell”) and invited to apply the method to their own work. 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.

For the first time, Chamberlain presents her unique method in book form with The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press, March 2016). The book takes readers step-by-step through 30 classic and contemporary movies, showing how such dissimilar screenplays as Casablanca, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo all have the same system working behind the scenes.

See what screenwriters have to say about how the Nutshell Technique improves their writing ability in the book trailer.

Join Jill Chamberlain for this free event 

November 12, 2016 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Booking signing/reception begins at 5:00pm

REVIEWS

“The Nutshell Technique is a detailed, focused, ferociously practical method for structuring a screenplay. Author Jill Chamberlain shows you exactly how to do it. Her book doesn’t let you get distracted, it doesn’t let you off the hook: it helps you get the work done.”
— Glenn Gers, screenwriter (Fracture with Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins)

“Jill Chamberlain may be the one to have finally cracked cinema’s genetic code. The Nutshell Technique is a truly great method. In these pages, Chamberlain has put together a fantastic tool set.” 

— Patrick Wright, Director, graduate film program, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Co-Director, JHU-MICA Film Centre (editor-producer who has worked on such films as the Academy Award-winning Music by Prudence)

LOCATION

The Writers Store
3510 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Saturday November 12, 2016
2:00PM - 6:00PM

Product Details

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain is a sought-after script doctor, story consultant, and screenwriting coach who founded The Screenplay Workshop. She has taught the Nutshell Technique to more than a thousand screenwriters around the globe, and many of her students have achieved success in Hollywood, having their screenplays optioned, sold, and made into award-winning feature films.