Storytelling for
scripted television
with john yorke

Understand the nature and building blocks of compelling storytelling and sharpen your script development skillset

ONLINE WEBINAR SERIES
JULY- AUGUST 2021

A course dedicated to the nature and craft of storytelling to help Writers, Script Editors, Story Editors and Executive Producers improve their development and writing skills. John Yorke has been behind some of the biggest hits in television (Inc. Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life on Mars) and has distilled that knowledge into a detailed step by step course for both Writers and Executives.

Over three modules with group and interactive exercises, we will explore technique, structure and theory, as well as the methodology to transform knowledge into concrete application for writing, structuring and developing hit TV dramas. 

MODULE 1: Structure & Story Rules

Date: 7th – 9th July

Module Duration: 11am-12.30pm & 3.30pm-5pm BST

Course Topics:

Essential ingredients of story and its application to Scripted TV
Structural rules of storytelling formats
Relationship between structure and change
Fixing a broken script

MODULE 2: Character & Dialogue

Date: 21st – 23rd July

Module Duration: 11am-12.30pm & 3.30pm-5pm BST

Course Topics:

Character: creating interesting characters and the relationship with structure
Dialogue: creating subtext and managing exposition
Dramatic Irony, Tragic Irony, Foreshadow, retardation

MODULE 3: Multiprotagonism

Date: 4th – 6th August

Module Duration: 11am-12.30pm & 3.30pm-5pm BST

Course Topics:

Multiprotagonism: the rules and how to manage structure
The art of compelling narrative: suspense and surprise
Final Exercise

About John Yorke

John is a drama producer, author and teacher who has spent 30 years studying our insatiable appetite for stories. His long career in TV drama has given him the tools to identify the underlying shape common to all successful narratives – from drama to political speeches.

He is the author of the UK’s bestselling book on narrative structure – Into The Woods – How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them. As former Head of Channel Four Drama, Controller of BBC Drama Production and MD of Company Pictures, John has shaped stories that have attracted some of the biggest audiences for drama in UK TV history.

He has overseen some of the UK’s most enduring and popular programmes, from Shameless and Life On Mars to East Enders and Holby City, alongside award-winners like Bodies and the internationally acclaimed Wolf Hall. John has worked with a vast array of talent, from Paul Greengrass and Paul Abbott to Debbie Horsfield and Jimmy McGovern, making him uniquely placed to watch, learn and analyse the work of the finest writers in television

Who is this for?

Writers
Script Editors
Story Editors
Development Executives
Executive Producers
Commissioners

Fee:

Module 1: £300 (+VAT)
Full Course: £750 (+VAT)

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All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

“This is a marvellous analysis of screenwriting and, with any luck, should help a great many people achieve their dreams

Julian Fellowes

Creator of DOWNTON ABBEY

“Love storytelling? John Yorke dissects the structure of stories with a joyous enthusiasm allied to precise, encyclopedic knowledge.  Guaranteed to send you back to your writing desk with newfound excitement and drive

Chris Chibnall

Creator of BROADCHURCH

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