Jim Knable's playwriting career started at the age of 14 when he saw a poster for the California Young Playwrights Contest and wrote an agit-prop play called the Jesus Scheme, which was selected as a contest winner, giving Jim his first professional production as a playwright. He won this contest two more times and the National Young Playwrights Contest twice. Songwriting was a hobby that developed into a serious habit as Jim continued writing and producing plays in college (Yale). He developed his songwriting craft through various coffee-house and bar gigs in New Haven and eventually New York. Jim went to NYU Tisch's Dramatic Writing Program for further playwriting and screenwriting training and practice. He continued his performing as a singer/songwriter, developing a following. At NYU, he received productions and awards, such as being selected for the NYU New Play Festival, Screenplay Festival and receiving the Sloan Prize for full-length screenplay.
Jim Knable was awarded a Screenwriting grant at NYU in 2000 for Kuon Ganjo