JILL CHAMBERLAIN is the Founding Director of THE SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP. As a screenwriting coach, story consultant and instructor, she’s helped over a thousand writers find the best trajectory for their story ideas and given them the tools they need to execute professional screenplays.
Jill's Nutshell Technique for screenplay story structure has been praised throughout Hollywood. Producer Callum Greene (Star Wars Episode 9, Crimson Peak, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) said "the Nutshell Technique is like the Rosetta Stone: it cracks the code behind why we love the movies that we love. It goes way beyond tired old beat sheet 'formulas' and instead guides you to organically write the story you want to tell."
The Nutshell Technique is the basis for Jill's book from the University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting. Since its publication in 2016, the book was an instant classic. It's on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University.
Chamberlain's workshop students and private consultation clients have had their screenplays optioned, made into award-winning feature films, garner them Hollywood representation, land them professional screenwriting assignments, and recognized by top competitions including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’s Nicholl Fellowship.
In addition to consulting and teaching, Jill is an award-winning screenwriter and screenwriter-for-hire whose work has been seen in theaters across the U.S. and on three continents.
Jill is on the adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate filmmaking program and University of Houston's Jack Valenti School of Communications.
Jill studied in the MFA film program at Columbia University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in English.
THE SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP WITH JILL CHAMBERLAIN‘s mission is to bring the best in screenwriting instruction and story consultation to anyone, anywhere. Ongoing group workshops, one- and two-day weekend intensives, and short courses, as well as individual, private consulting services including story consultation, screenwriting services, script doctoring, and private instruction and tutorials are all offered. All programs and services are available both in-person and online via Skype videoconferencing.