John Yorke Story: Story for Pitch Decks (live workshop)

You’ve got a great idea and a script you think industry producers and execs should read. But how do you convince them?

Join us for a two-session live workshop that takes your pitching to the next level – and adds pitch-deck creation to your skillset. By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to create compelling decks that really sell your story, turning words into visuals that producers and execs won’t be able to ignore.

This two-session online course is suitable if you:

  • Want to make a compelling pitch that prompts industry insiders to ask to read your script.
  • Have found it tough to get responses from enquiry emails.
  • Need to ensure producers and commissioners see your vision in the same way you do.
  • Would like to master the skills to format a visually compelling, easy to read and professional deck that really sells your story.

You’ll walk away with a template you can use over and over and tweak to fit all your different ideas, no matter what genre or format.

Ran by our partners John Yorke Story and led by Emma Millions, a seasoned Writer and Development Producer with experience in creating industry standard pitch decks that have helped multiple clients get commissions and move their projects to the next level.


Start date: 4 July 2022
Duration: 2 days
Skill level: Intermediate
Session length: 10am - 5pm on 4 July and 10am-2pm on 18 July
Sessions: 2
Price: £160 (inc. VAT where applicable)

Course Director

These live online workshops are for anyone who writes scripts and would like to learn how to pitch them more effectively.

Whether that’s for film or TV, and whether you’re new to the craft, a more experienced practitioner looking to upskill, or someone moving into the industry from theatre, games or novel-writing.

We teach this course in groups of up to 20 people. You can book as an individual, or block-book a class for your team.

The course is suitable if you:

  • Are involved in developing drama as a writer or editor.
  • Would like to sharpen your skills and master structure for pitching ideas.
  • Want to learn the underlying framework behind successful pitches, and how to apply it whatever your story genre or format.
  • Need to discover why your pitches aren’t hitting home – and how to fix them.
  • Would like to find out how to create a professional and engaging pitch deck.
  • Want to join a friendly and supportive group of learners.
  • Can dedicate two live days to the learning.

These workshops allow you to:

  • Take your pitching skills to a new level and learn how to look at your story in a whole new way.
  • Use basic design skills to transform your pitch into an exciting visual format.
  • Find out what producers and executives are looking for in a pitch deck.
  • Learn how to use appropriate imagery, fonts and design styles to make your idea jump off the page.
  • See sample pitch decks and analyse what makes them good or bad.
  • Discover exactly what information is needed in a pitch deck – and what should be left out.
  • Get tips and hints on how to find the perfect images for your deck and present them in a slick and professional manner.
  • Hone your loglines, synopsis, character descriptions and other info needed into the right length and style for a pitch deck.
  • Move forward with a template that can be applied to all your future ideas.
  • Spend time between sessions applying the learning and live pitching your deck for tutor feedback.

On completing the two sessions you should be able to demonstrate:

  • Greater awareness of factors that attract producers and financiers to your idea.
  • An ability to build your own professional looking pitch decks from start to finish.
  • A new way of thinking about the pitch process and the elements required within that to successfully sell your story.
  • The capacity to look at your story in an entirely different way and to make sure you know it, inside and out.
  • Out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to imagery and design.
  • Professionalism in working with others and the ability to give and receive constructive criticism in a collaborative manner.

The workshop replicates a face-to-face experience, running live on Zoom with a group of up to 20 participants joining Emma and a dedicated moderator. You can join and interact with the group from anywhere in the world.

Zoom is embedded in our online classroom, where you can access all the learning materials and interact with your peer-group on forums.

No technical knowledge or special equipment required.

How the sessions work

Workshop 1
Discover the blueprint pitch-deck structure that works for any story idea, then learn how to build it using PowerPoint or your preferred equivalent (Photoshop, Keynote etc.). From the ‘must includes’ to the ‘don’t do’s’, we’ll guide you through the process with masses of practical tips and exercises to get you exploring and making alongside a peer group of creatives all looking to develop their skillsets.
Between the live sessions, apply the template to your story idea in your own time, with support from your peers.
Workshop 2
Pitch your deck to the workshop tutor for incisive feedback to hone your words and images – and learn new tips and tricks.


Join our alumni

After your second session ends, we will enrol you in our online alumni community where you’ll meet our growing network of past students. You’ll be able to.

  • Rejoin your classmates on a private forum 
  • Continue to access an archived version of your workshop materials and forum posts
  • Meet alumni from other courses and groups and share your work for feedback
  • Join discussions about screenwriting, script editing and the industry
  • Attend live chats with guest writers and industry folk

Mentoring and one-to-one feedback

The John Yorke Story tutor team offer mentoring, script reads and reports. We are happy to quote by job or script, or to arrange a longer mentoring scheme as you work on a specific story idea. We’ll create a package to suit you, so for more information please email

Taking things further

If you’d like to continue on to another John Yorke Story or Professional Writing Academy course, we’ll give you a discount. Please get in touch for more details.

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