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Front cover of Into the Woods by John Yorke

Into The Woods explains why all stories have the same underlying structure. We’ll help you understand that shape and how to apply it to your work, whether you’re making TV, video games, novels or writing a tweet. Join us for:

  • Online courses

  • Conferences and masterclasses

  • Consultancy and mentoring

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“From the gossip we share, to the TV series we binge on, to the political narratives that shape our lives — stories define us. Learn how they work and transform the way you do everything.”

“I felt very inspired by learning from John, whose passion and experience was illuminating from beginning to end. I recommend this course to anyone interested in storytelling.​”
BECTU Vision and Drama Training

“I found John’s book, the course and his feedback on my treatment very useful and have been applying his Ten Questions and Five Act Structure ideas to pretty much all of my writing ever since. Having read a multitude of books on screenwriting and writing, I have found John’s theory and approach so refreshing, challenging – and yet so simple. It’s an absolute gift.”
Course participant, Endemol Shine Nederland 2018


“A mind blower… an incredibly dense but very readable tome about the art of storytelling. Really worth a read.” Lenny Henry

Actor, comedian and writer

“The best book on the subject I’ve read.”

  Tony Jordan

Acclaimed British TV writer

“All script-writers will want to read Into the Woods. All plots and archetypes BUSTED.” Caitlin Moran

Columnist and author, The Times

“I don’t always enjoy books on writing, but Into The Woods by John Yorke is brilliant on story structure.” Ken Follett



An interview with BBC Head of Radio Comedy Julia McKenzie

In this exclusive interview, JYS’s Katherine Press speaks to Julia McKenzie, Head of Radio Comedy for BBC Studios, about her role at the BBC, how to submit your work to production companies and how to react to trends in writing.

Tomb Raider’s Rhianna Pratchett on women in video games

We explore the possible reasons why female talent is underrepresented in the games industry as part of our coveted guide, Three Strategies to Make Your Game a Winner. In this post, Katherine Press talks women in games with BAFTA-nominated and Writers’ Guild...

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