What Is The Nutshell Technique And How Does It Help Screenwriters? by Jill Chamberlain

Film Courage: What is The Nutshell Technique?

Jill Chamberlain, Script Consultant/Author/Writer: The Nutshell Technique is a method that I created for my students and clients to address this chronic problem I see that 99% of writers fail to tell a story (instead telling a situation).

I drew up 8 essential elements required to successfully tell a story, created this schematic (one-page schematic) and these are not beats in time, these are elements that are connected. That’s what makes it different, this isn’t a strictly linear structure.

If you look at the form (and folks can download my form from my website JillChamberlain.com) the key is the connect…see all of these little arrows and things explain the connection between the boxes and that’s what makes it different. I’m getting at the glue…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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Jill Chamberlain is the author of one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon entitled The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting.


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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