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.
The production of story – be it film, theatre or television – is a team effort, and as such it’s not just the writer who needs to understand how stories are told. Former Storytelling for Screen student Thomas Hescott explains how the lessons he learnt from Into the Woods helped him perfect his art, and secure a directorial role on EastEnders.
Story isn’t just essential for writing novels and screenplays – we hear, read and tell countless stories every day. In the first of our Story in Action series, we speak to musician Frank Turner about how he incorporates story into both his music and live performances.