The Nutshell Technique to Structure Successful Screenplays

24 Jun 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sunset A/B

The Nutshell Technique to Structure Successful Screenplays

Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don’t know how to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present a situation. In order to explain the difference, Chamberlain created the Nutshell Technique, a method whereby writers identify the eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story.

In this information-packed class, Chamberlain will walk through the Nutshell Technique, looking at famous film examples and thoroughly explaining how the Technique can make or break a film script.

Participants will learn:

  • the eight linked elements required to successfully tell a story and not just present a situation
  • how the protagonist’s central flaw is the single best writing tool you’re not fully utilizing
  • how the solution to the inevitable problems in your second act involves less structure, not more
  • how to find that “inevitable yet unexpected” ending that both surprises and satisfies audiences


Participants will receive handouts containing the Nutshell Technique schematic and will walk away with everything they need to know in order to use the Nutshell Technique to help them with their next screenplay!