Driving the Narrative with John Yorke

Driving the Narrative with John Yorke
Driving the Narrative with John Yorke
27 Feb, 11:00 - 28 Feb 2024, 17:00
Application deadline
20 Feb 2024
Career stages
Entry, Early, Experienced, Expert
Film, Unscripted TV, High-end TV, Children's TV, VFX, Animation, Games

The difference between a good drama and a great drama lies in a writer’s ability to keep the viewer utterly gripped from start to finish

The minute that chain gets broken everything falls apart

In 4 x 90 sessions over two days John explores every technique at a writers’ disposal to create utterly compelling narrative drive.  

  • What are the key craft skills?  
  • How do you deploy them? And how do you reshape your story to take it to the very highest level?  

From Dramatic and Tragic Irony to Suspense and Surprise, the course is both an exploration of those who have created compelling narratives, and a manual on how to apply the oldest and newest techniques of Storytelling.   What happens when you switch Point of View?  What are the pros and cons of a non-linear time scheme?      

With numerous illustrations and examples, the course is the definitive guide to illustrating EM Forster’s essential question: “There’s only one important question in Story – What Happens Next?”


Keeping an Audience Watching 
– The control of suspense, the importance of Plot.  How storytelling through the ages has tighten its grip on audiences

The Manipulation of Time and Point Of View
– From This Is Us to Memento to Godfather 2 – how narrative drive depends on key other factors of storytelling

Suspense and Surprise, Tragic and Dramatic Irony
– How each can be used to turbocharge storytelling.   From Titanic to Tik Tok – a plethora of examples and case sturdies

The Subversion of Expectation and its effect on dynamic storytelling
– How understanding deep structure can massively enhance your story’s grip

An army of other techniques
– From Retardation to Projection, Jeopardy to Foreshadowing – every technique at your disposal to enhance audience involvement

John Yorke will include various exercises and video clips examples 

Bursary applicable

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This training course is not funded or commissioned by ScreenSkills, but has been reviewed to ensure it is meeting agreed standards such as industry-led diversity targets, appropriate business insurance, and evidence of previous quality training provision.



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