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The Book

Not just how, but why stories work. John Yorke’s book Into the Woods is considered the foremost UK text on story structure and explores the unifying shape to all narrative.

Why do all stories function in a similar way?

Into the Woods is considered the leading UK text on narrative structure. It’s required reading on all university writing degrees and is the UK’s bestselling book on screenwriting.

John argues that all stories share the same blueprint – because they reflect the way in which the human brain makes sense of the world. Storytelling is hardwired into human perception. We cannot not tell stories, and we can all do it innately.

In Into the Woods, John analyses how and most innovatively why this blueprint works, based on his decades of experience not only studying and teaching five-act story structure, but making film and TV drama watched by millions of people around the globe. Read the full preface.

Our online training courses are based on this outline and help creative professionals put the theory into practice.

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