JOHN YORKE in the MEDIA
Watch, read or listen to John Yorke on five-act-structure and the writing process
Google London talk about storytelling and five-act structure: Watch
BBC Writersroom interview on story structure: Watch
Market Research Society keynote interview: Watch
FremantleMedia Australia in conversation with Jo Porter, Director of Drama: Watch
Interior/Night founder Caroline Marchal interview on video games and narrative: Watch
Nick Parker interview on why businesses need to understand story: Watch
Nick Parker interview on how businesses can create more engaging stories: Watch
Retoriikan Kesäkoulu interview on how to create good stories: Watch
Polygon feature article on John’s Story for Video Games course: Read
The Guardian Seven of the eight places in the BBC’s new Writers’ Academy won by women: Read
The Atlantic ‘All Stories are the Same’: Read
The Independent ‘Everything you need to know about screenwriting (but were afraid to ask)’: Read
The Guardian ‘What makes a great screenplay?’: Read
HuffPost ‘What’s the One Key Ingredient Every Great Story Needs?’: Read
MovieMaker.com ’10 Fundamental Things to Remember’: Read
Broadcast ‘Who Says Drama has to be Grim?’: Read
DigitalSpy ‘How EastEnders got its mojo back in just 7 weeks’: Read
STORY ADVICE from JOHN YORKE
In this premium article John Yorke explores how Chernobyl’s makers ‘took something complex, grey, difficult and un-heroic and turned it into a classic Hollywood narrative shape’.
You’ve written your story, now how can you test whether or not it’s as good as it can be? John Yorke recommends asking 10 questions to check you’ve got your story straight: an approach as relevant to business stories as it is to dramatic narratives.
Published for the first time outside the UK, this is the Preface to the US edition of Into the Woods, 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.