The games industry’s most valuable writers are the ones who understand game design and production. But with few writing courses teaching storytelling for an interactive medium, nor game mechanics or collaborating within a development team, it’s hard for aspiring games writers to know where to start.
As part of their coveted guide Three Strategies to Make Your Game a Winner, the team behind the John Yorke Story: Story for Video Games online course explain why game creators must prioritise cohesion between gameplay and narrative from the very start of development.
Ashley Pharoah, award-winning writer and creator of shows including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Wild at Heart, dropped by our classroom to take questions from our John Yorke Story for Screenwriting students. Here they discuss pitching, his development as a writer and the often long wait from script to screen.
What’s the key to great comedy? How can you engage the audience while still making them laugh? What should a new writer look out for? Actress, writer and producer Katherine Press met up with BBC Studios Executive Producer for Comedy Simon Nicholls to clear up all these questions and more in an exclusive interview for John Yorke Story.
You’ve written your story, now how can you test whether or not it’s as good as it can be? In Into the Woods and on his online courses John Yorke recommends asking 10 questions to check you’ve got your story straight: an approach as relevant to business, science, marketing and tech stories as it is to dramatic narratives.