Jill Chamberlain’s book from University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, is now available on Amazon and in fine bookstores everywhere. Of the over 3,000 books on screenwriting on Amazon, The Nutshell Technique ranks #1 in user ratings.

Since its publication in 2016, the book became an instant classic and the go-to manual many professionals swear by. 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: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting is on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University.

In the book, Chamberlain uses easy-to-follow diagrams to thoroughly explain how the Nutshell Technique can make or break a film script. She 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, and she teaches readers exactly how to apply these principles to their own screenwriting.

Learn the Nutshell Technique, and you'll discover how to turn a mere situation into a truly compelling screenplay story.



Jill Chamberlain is available to speak to organizations and tailor workshops specifically for groups, as she has done for others including Maryland Institute College of Art, Austin Film Society, Writers’ League of Texas,  Austin School of Film, Austin Screenwriters Group, Reel Women, and The Writers Garret.

She has been a featured speaker/presenter at ScriptFest/the Great American Pitchfest, The Writers Store in L.A., Austin Film Festival's screenwriters conference, Parsons School of Design, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and Bookpeople.










The Nutshell Technique - See the Book Trailer

 Watch screenwriters who have worked with Jill Chamberlain talk about what a difference her Nutshell Technique has made in improving their screenwriting. Her new book, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, is available on Amazon and in fine bookstores everywhere.