Giving notes on writers’ scripts is an essential part of a script editor’s job, and the creative process as a whole. It can also be a delicate procedure. Here, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of dos, don’ts and tips to help you work well.
In an exclusive question and answer session, our Storytelling for Screen students quizzed tutor Chelsea Morgan Hoffman on what you should send out with your finished script, different writing styles and how to avoid telling the audience too much.
Our John Yorke Story for Script Development students are always full of questions, so writer and guest tutor Justin Young came along to answer some of them. In this, the first of three sessions, he explores how to make use of script editors’ notes.
Chelsea Morgan Hoffman, tutor on John Yorke’s Story for Screen online course, takes questions on 5-act structure, how to perfect a professional outline and how your themes might change dramatically throughout the writing process.
In our exclusive forums students share their work, receive feedback, and can ask the tutors questions. A Storytelling for Screen (Drama) participant was having trouble perfecting the treatment for her script, and, as always, tutor Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann responded with some truly elucidating advice. Read on for a sneak peek of what students on the courses can expect.
You’ve written your story, now how can you test whether or not it’s as good as it can be? In Into the Woods and on his online courses John Yorke recommends asking 10 questions to check you’ve got your story straight: an approach as relevant to business, science, marketing and tech stories as it is to dramatic narratives.
Nick Parker looks at why mastering the nuts and bolts of story structure is as important a business skill as project management (no, really).
Published for the first time outside the UK, this is the Preface to the US edition of Into the Woods [cite publisher, Lucy and link to US book on their site] in which John Yorke looks at how much nonsense has been written about screenwriting – and how you can tell the real rules of narrative from the fake ones.
John Yorke regularly drops into the practical online course developed to accompany his bestselling book, Into The Woods. This week he met up with screenwriting students in our chatroom to answer questions on writing theme, characters and intertwining storylines.
You’ve perfected your first spec script and are ready to send it out to production companies. Congratulations on a huge achievement. So what’s the process? How do you get your work read and your talent noticed? Here, we explore the steps an aspiring writer can take towards success.