John Yorke

Course director

John Yorke is a drama producer, author and teacher who has spent 30 years studying how stories work and why we tell them. His long career in TV drama has given him the tools to identify the underlying shape common to all successful narratives — from drama to corporate reports.

As former Head of Channel Four Drama, Controller of BBC Drama Production and MD of Company Pictures, John has shaped stories that have attracted some of the biggest audiences for drama in UK TV history. He has overseen some of the UK’s most enduring and popular programmes, from Shameless and Life On Mars to EastEnders and Holby City, alongside award-winners like Bodies and the internationally acclaimed Wolf Hall.

His bestselling book on story, Into the Woods, is the basis for our John Yorke Story courses.

Into the Woods

Bestselling book on screenwriting in the UK

Award winning

His TV dramas have won Golden Globe, International Emmy, BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Irish Film and Television and British Comedy Awards


All stories are forged from the same template. What that template is and why we need to follow it is the subject of our courses.

John’s book