The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting

Authored by Jill Chamberlain, The Nutshell Technique is the highest rated screenwriting book on Amazon. Many writers and producers consider it an essential guide to story structure, and it is now taught in colleges across the country.


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Jill invented The Nutshell Technique to illustrate story structure essentials.  The book, published in 2016, is a groundbreaking work in the crowded field of screenwriting books.

The technique works. Here's how:

  • You can easily apply it to your own script.

  • It immediately shows you where your structure is unsound.

  • It lets you move your focus from figuring out structure to actually writing.

  • You will write fewer drafts because you will catch issues with your script sooner.


About the Book

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 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 Argoall 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.

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