Jill Chamberlain On Writing The Nutshell Technique

Film Courage: Once you thought of The Nutshell Technique you sat down and watched 100 plus movies and wrote in notebooks. When did you actually write the book?

Jill Chamberlain, Script Consultant/Author/Writer: I created the method and I started using it right away with my clients and students in workshops. And I’ve been doing it probably about 5 years and my students kept telling me You’ve got to write a book. You’ve got to write a book.

Somebody from The University of Texas Press happened to take my workshop and said “There is nothing like your method on the bookshelves.” And I said “I know.” And he said “You should write a book proposal.” And so I did and that is how the book came about.

Film Courage: Interesting. You’ve kind of put yourself in a whole new realm because now you’re writing an outline or you are querying publishers or did Texas Press say “This is it, love it.” Did you have to go through this whole process?

Jill: I did go through the process. I didn’t approach others. At the time I was…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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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. The book is on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University. The technique comes from Jill’s years of consulting and coaching, and she continues to use this methodology to hone screenplays into truly compelling stories.


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