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 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.
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.
Nick Parker has made a career telling stories, but it’s taken until now to work out how they really work. In advance of the launch of his Story for Business course, devised with John Yorke, Nick recounts the story of his relationship with story.