After the incredible work in NUGGET 1, we're excited to offer JSFL Alumni NUGGET 2! 

NUGGET 2 follows up with even more focused work and specific exercises to dig even deeper into stating, clarifying, and ultimately learning how to use your NUGGET to create meaningful structures for your narrative or doc. 

Expand on how to:

  1. Identify the NUGGET (theme) of the story
  2. Create a coherent "motor" for the movie
  3. Define the direction for the rewrite
  4. Learn what it takes to create the heart of a hit


NUGGET 2 includes examples, case studies, new tools, and a lengthy Guided Writing, led by Joan. The Guided Writing prompts will help you investigate the emotional core of your story, and unearth the meaning it has for you.


NUGGET is a way of thinking. 


Here’s what Alumni Stacey Miller has to say about NUGGET 2: 

“I finally got a chance to spend the last two days hunkered down with Nugget 2, and all I can say is WOW. And thank you! What an amazing body of work! I loved every minute of it, and I was able to do all of the exercises and feel completely connected even though I was doing it via link. The idea of nugget not as an answer to be found, but as a way of working, resonates so strongly with me. My inner straight-A student has been beating herself up for the past four years, desperately trying to find perfectly worded nuggets, so this lab was pretty monumental for me. The other concept that really landed was allowing the emotional core of the story to color every single action. I've been really struggling with some of the elements of my story, but reframing my thought process to focus on the emotional core and the way that it might inspire different courses of action has already opened it up tremendously. Also the constant play between feeling and action and the way that they are always linked. Mind-blowing!!” 


  1. Rigorous professional upleveling
  2. Deep, focused work on the most vital aspect of Story: NUGGET.
  3. Lecture and physical-based curriculum support-integration and insight
  4. Online Labs allow the opportunity to study on your own schedule, and at your own pace
  5. Access to media links for one full month
  6. Connect with your JSFL Alumni Community Network through Slack, Happy Hours, Generators, Mega Generators and Weekly Ongoing Classes! Practice the tools you are learning, and workshop your material with talented, open hearted, and like-minded creatives
  7. Build a vibrant creative community that holds space and inspires each other
  8. Dynamic, personalized, interactive experiences with your colleagues allow you to practice the tools you are learning, and apply them to your own work


Live Online via Thinkific.


The Tuition per participant is: $885


Enroll directly via the checkout at the bottom of the page



  1. There are no cancellations or refunds after booking.

  2. Students are responsible for payment in full whether or not they chose to attend all class sessions.

  3. Media links will be available for one month.

  4. Extender passes are available should you wish to access media links for longer than one month.



  1. Sweats, yoga clothes (no jeans), and sneakers - as if you were going to the gym.

  2. No belts, earrings, or jewelry please. We want you to protect your bodies during floor work!

  3. Please note the lab is physical, you are free to observe at your comfort level. Please be respectful of your body and do not participate in the physical work if you have any physical injuries, illness, are on any medications, or are pregnant.



  1. These are advanced classes for professional artists interested in exploring new practices, pushing their boundaries, and going deep.

  2. The Labs are physical.

  3. The work is feeling-based.

  4. Please note you may find the work to be uncomfortable. 

  5. There will be a mix of lectures and active exercises designed to investigate the meaning, structure, and emotional core of your project.

  6. You are welcome to observe or participate according to your comfort level. You will get just as much out of observing as participating.



Whether you are Directing, Writing, Acting, or Producing, The Technique™ is essential in taking your career to the next level! The Lab Series is designed for Film, Episodic, Commercial, and all content creators. It may be attended individually… or by the entire team. 

  1. Directors

  2. Writers 

  3. Actors 

  4. Producers 

  5. Executives

  6. Production 

  7. Designers 

  8. Cinematographers

  9. Editors

  10. Brand Directors

  11. Any creatives interested in Story!



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