Feedback from November 2020 Online Masterclass!

Again, 100% of delegates shared in feedback that they considered the course to be good value for money and that they would recommend it to other screenwriters.


'The two day immersion in story structure really laid out the underlying rules of what makes a story work. John brilliantly explained WHY stories work and why there is a universal structure that appeals to us all. Ignore the rules at your peril! The practical exercise on the second afternoon was particularly effective at getting me to think about how story beats can be generated. I went “Into the Zoom” and emerged inspired.'
Brid Cannon, Filmmaker


‘It was wonderful to be given the tools to understand how and why stories work, without feeling as if I'm being fitted with a story-guru-designed straitjacket.’
Paddy Eason, writer / VFX Supervisor

‘The exercises are a microcosm of going into the woods; we always come out transformed.’
Jean-Claude Bragard, Filmmaker


'I was always struggling with structure, but John gave us the tools and insights to master this part of screenwriting. Highly recommend!'
Eveline Hagenbeek, Dutch screenwriter

‘John's take on story structure is truly inspiring and insightful.’
Annemarie van Basten, Screenwriter

‘I went into this course having read many story structure books but I was still struggling with how to develop my own story ideas. John's excellent insight and writers' room style workshop tasks helped me cement my knowledge and now I have a solid idea of how to take my own writing forward.'
Jon Baker, Software Engineer, Writer

‘An insightful and mind-blowing weekend workshop. A definite must for any writer who aspires to understand story structure. Well worth attending and highly recommended.’
John Stephens, Writer, Teacher

‘Rather than offer a cookie cutter, John tells us WHY stories work!’
Sal, Writer, Director

‘An illuminating, absorbing and very useful course, not just in that the relevant screen-writing paradigms were all very clearly laid out and explained, but numerous clear examples were given as to how the requirements of the paradigms could be met.’
Eddie Hill, Retired Corporate Financier, Writer


'Great talent delivering key content for your projects! Pure dead brilliant!'
Borja Alcalde, Director/Producer

‘It was brilliant to have John’s expert advice on the whys and hows of Structure, and then hear his feedback as we structured our own TV episodes in teams!’
Ellie Utting, Screenwriter

‘John Yorke is the king of cutting through to the core of any story and helps you do the same with your own. Digging deeper into the structural and thematic approach of the great modern TV drama has inspired and helped me clarify and elevate my own ideas and writing.’
Torfinnur Jákupsson, Screenwriter

‘John's simple explanation on structure & techniques were easy and the best. The online session was intimate and I've learned lots!’
Tas, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

‘I now have the confidence to use multiple protagonists and storylines in my writing’
Ian Woodall, Novelist

‘The weekend has been pure joy and I understand the art of TV writing so much better. This is a brilliant course for anyone interested in writing, especially for TV.’
Sally Womersley, Writer, Actor


‘I got all the insights and tools to improve our development process, it was inspiring!’
Miriam Duessel, Producer, Writer

‘I gained a much better understanding about the why rather than the how of structure.’
Nicholas Colla, Filmmaker

‘No doubt, this workshop will enable me to write better screenplays!’
David Woolf, Screenwriter

‘This course forms an excellent first introduction to a complex area of study.’
Andrew Wilkinson, Enterprise Architect, Screenwriter

‘I loved the exercise in working out stories across a single drama episode, it made the idea of using multi-protagonists far less daunting.’
Darren Jones, Screenwriter


'John Yorke's course has got my mind zinging with ideas and insights and I began applying them at 6.45 a.m. this morning to a script I've dreaded approaching for weeks. Probably the best scriptwriting course I've attended and I've been to a good few!'
Shah Shackle, Writer and TV Show Creator


Feedback from June 2020, the FIRST Online Masterclass!

100% of delegates shared in feedback that they considered the course to be good value for money and that they would recommend it to other screenwriters.


‘Inspiring and filled with information and thoughtful analysis. I learnt so much, and how to apply it. I just cannot recommend this highly enough.’
Varsha Shah, Screenwriter

‘There were so many moments where John opened doors in my head. The online course is reasonably priced and way more accessible for people all around the world.'
Michael Mannion, Filmmaker

‘What John does not know about Scriptwriting you could write on the back of a postage stamp! Amazing two days. Thank you.'
Kath Kirkland, Screenwriter

‘Essential, practical training every writer needs - and every producer needs them to have in their arsenal.'
Trish Curtin, Screenwriter

'John's knowledge is deep and broad. He was generous, patient and kind as well, all a lovely bonus. The online presentation worked very well too, which was a lot easier and less costly without the need to travel and accommodation. And it's green!'
Sara Pascoe, Screenwriter

'I learned so much, there was tons of information, and I'm very glad I can refresh my memory online for a while at least. The amount we were taught over one weekend was phenomenal making this This  one of the best courses I have ever taken'
Liz Briggs, Script Supervisor / Screenwriter


Feedback from December 2019, London

‘I gained more awareness of story structure and what tricks I can use when I’m stuck.’
Ozlem Williams, Writer


‘A course that will make you feel stronger and better equipped to finish your script.’
Oliver Rowe, Screenwriter


‘Fantastic workshop! Couldn’t recommend it enough, whether you’re a writer or filmmaker. This masterclass offers so much worthwhile content. I now feel confident to start writing my first feature.’ Benjamin Ah-Time, Filmmaker, Director


‘Totally amazeballs! All the information was great and the structure of the two days worked really well with the exercises and group work.’
Amy Livingstone, Writer / @amyrrl


‘I gained an almost X-Ray-like vision to re-see story structure in all media. And once you see it, you cannot un-see it! A big THANK YOU for sharing the knowledge!’
Lana Gold, Screenwriter


‘I learned the importance of the midpoint and that it can be mastered!’
Andrew Wilkinson, Writer, Engineer


‘Very well structured and easy to follow. John is very relatable and breaks things down so they are easy to understand. I no longer feel like an “imposter”
Andrea Cobham, Writer, Actor, Producer / @AndreaCobham


‘John debugged areas of script development and provided tips and techniques. A must-have in your writing arsenal!’
David Broadbent, Writer, Producer / @LuminaOptimum / Optimum Lumina


‘I came out of the course understanding all the screenwriting books I had read before in a much deeper way. Great atmosphere. Learning and fun throughout!’
Raphaela Wagner, Film & TV Writer/Director / @raphaelajwagner


‘If you want to really understand structure, then I recommend you take this course!’
Margaret Valentine, Writer


‘A great workshop if you are looking to hone your script-writing skills.’
Usha Sharma, Writer / @Summer_girl199


‘Love John Yorke! Very practical. Very clear. I finally understand what structure is! Absolutely recommend!’
Nilofar Elhami, Radio Documentary Filmmaker - German public radio /


‘Highly informative. Lovely atmosphere and welcoming to all levels of writers. John presents story and structure analysis with clarity, which has given me confidence. You’re all fantastic!’
Christopher Petrou, Writer/Director, Filmmaker /


‘A comprehensive and practical workshop on structure. I learned a lot!’
Sebastià Rambla-Vidal, Writer, Photographer /


‘Great examples. John showed us how to break things down and share ideas simply. Excellent!’
Briana S. Nieves, Writer/Director /


‘The analysis of the midpoint has TRANSFORMED my screenwriting practice.’
Isaac Fisher, Screenwriter / @isaacfisher


‘This workshop was truly eye-opening and rewarding. Loved John’s informal yet academic style of teaching. Each nugget of information will certainly be applied in future projects!’
Naala Vanslembrouck, Writer


‘I learnt that theme drives narrative, centred around the midpoint, as a tool to structure multi-protagonist stories.’
Ulrik Bolt, Producer /


‘Loved how relatable John made everything. He’s pragmatic but not dogmatic. I feel able to troubleshoot structural issues in my own scripts. A fun course. John is an expert but knows how to teach in a way that’s extremely accessible.’
Tom Kinney, Writer, Script Editor / @kinneytomas


‘I had several “A-ha” moments with regard to the plot of my own script. This workshop made me fall in love with story and I left with a distinct feeling that “I CAN DO THIS!”’
Christina Okoli, Writer


‘The best screenwriting class I’ve done in years. Looks at screenwriting from a much higher perspective. I have gained a deeper understanding of screenwriting as a whole.’
Yang Xu, Producer, Writer /


‘The workshop was well structured, covering lots of different areas.’
Simon Josiffe, Writer /


‘I now have a deeper understanding of structure, which will make my job as a radio editor easier. John is kind, sympathetic and humble. He doesn’t make it a secret science but something everyone can use in their writing.’
Julia Rosch, Journalist/Editor at German national radio


‘Clear, well explained and backed with examples. This will give me the tools and the confidence to tackle more complex stories. Inspiring, challenging and informative. Brilliant!’
Annette Kane, MA Student, Scriptwriting


‘I discovered the tools to unlock those moments when your script gets stuck.’
Graham Russell, TV Screenwriter


‘Lots of exercises and clear explanations of concepts with examples. I now have the tools to finish my feature screenplay in a clear, satisfying way.’
Sojourner McKenzie, Writer / @tinyhumansojo


Feedback from London, July 2019

‘Surprisingly after two days of listening to one person speak, I’d do it all again tomorrow! Endlessly insightful!’
Nikki Williams, Screenwriter


'What a fabulous weekend, such a fun-packed, practical-theory-dense 2 days of teaching, well, how spoilt we were! Thank you all so much.'
Anita Reid, Screenwriter


'Thanks and thanks for a great weekend. It was worth coming from Stockholm!'
Anders Ström, Screenwriter


‘John is a fantastic speaker full of useful and practical hints. It gives you a real impetuous to write better and is a huge help for screenwriters.’
Nicola Kelly, Screenwriter

'It de-mistified everything and it feels like I’ve been given a box of magic tools. John crammed an enormous amount in two days. Now that I know how the multi-protagonist journey works, I can make a script that was dead on its arse, magnificent! The ultimate toolkit for screenwriters. John is the sultan of structure. It turned the light on.'
Lynda Kennedy. Screenwriter


‘The class was practical and fascinating. Recently I moved an event in my TV drama to the end of episode 3 and questioned if it was the right decision. Now I know not only is it the right place, it’s the ONLY place for it. John is engaging, fun and so full of enthusiasm. The info he gives you is not only palatable but down right tasty!’
Lucy Linger

‘Great content and presentation, with lots of clips. John is well-prepared, insightful, thought-provoking.’
Catherine Veitch— Children’s writer

‘John breaks things down in a very simple way, even with complex subjects.’
Charlie Heath, Screenwriter

‘One of the most useful and enjoyable courses I’ve been on. It has given me the clarity, knowledge, and confidence to use narrative structure to write better stories. An amazing class full of wisdom and insight.’
Varsha Shah, Screenwriter

‘I loved how the course was structured. Despite all his success, John has a lovely humility and manner about him.’
Kristy Macneillie, Screenwriter

‘There’s no one who does structure better than John Yorke!’
Iris May, Screenwriter

‘A brilliant combination of clips and exercises. The breakdown of the West Wing and how the stories are thematically linked was eye-opening. The book is brilliant, the course is a revelation. The combination is priceless.’
Simon Wright, Actor

‘Getting us to do exercises really helped solidify it in our minds.’
Nikki Williams, Screenwriter

‘John is the most rigorous TV structure theorist/teacher I know of’
Camilla Greene, TV Screenwriter

‘Really clear and incredibly informative. It blew my mind— learnt so much and gave me a lot of clarity on things that have been troubling me for years. John makes seemingly complex concepts incredibly clear and understandable.’
Miranda Holms, Screenwriter

‘Fantastic! John is approachable and provides a calm learning environment.’
Josephine Samson, Screenwriter


Read about the results writers got from past masterclasses with John Yorke

‘John knows his stuff – and in an informal but structured way, he gets to the meat of how to fashion a script – Great!’
Shelagh McLeod, Writer & Director


‘John’s class has focused me on the pilot episode I’ve written and given me the confidence to continue. John is a very clever, yet self depreciating, excellent teacher.’
Kit Berry, Author


‘The exercises really help cement the information and REALLY learn, not just listen.’
Andy Sowerby, Filmmaker


‘There was life before John Yorke’s workshop and life after John Yorke’s workshop.  My biggest take away from John – If you’re stuck, fix the f**king mid-point!’
May Gavini, Filmmaker


‘John Yorke’s structure advice enriches creativity, giving it freedom instead of restraint.’
Sandrine Esteban, Writer

‘At the end of the weekend, I was able to put together a coherently structured episode of ER; something I would have considered totally beyond my reach before – and in less than an hour!’

Abbie Heath, Writer


‘This is the best writing course I’ve ever attended, and I’ve attended a few!’.

Mark Tilton, Writer & Teacher

‘This class has started a fire in my belly for going home, sitting down and working on my stories.’
Jilly Gardiner, Writer


‘Go ‘Into the Woods’ with John, you will come out the other side transformed as a writer and with new skills to continue your journey as an even better writer.’
Tanya, Writer


‘John is informative and clear, he gives you the confidence to start writing as soon as you finish the class.’
Foad Shah, VFX Artist

‘John Yorke is inspiring, entertaining and endlessly knowledgeable.’
Carmen Radtke, Writer


‘John’s theory is a revelation!  I now feel equipped to think about a multi-episode story using the same tools as used when structuring a single episode. Listening to John dissect structure was at once inspiring, enlightening and humbling. A genuine maestro, and a nice guy to boot!’

Rhys Lewis, Writer & Filmmaker


‘The fun of this workshop is collaborating with other writers on the exercises. The perfect antidote to writing alone in the attic!’.
Penny MacLeod, Writer & Playwright


‘John’s book is a bible for screenwriters but having it all explained in person with relevant examples just takes the learning experience into a whole different level.’
Samantha Pentin, Writer


‘John delivers solid gold content with a broad grin and a twinkle in his eye. 5 star recommend!’

Sean Kelly, Writer & Producer


‘John radiates expertise, good humour and support – very inspiring.’
Laura Graham, Aspiring Writer


‘I learned much more from hearing John in these two days than I learned from reading a pile of books on screenwriting.  John has a deep knowledge and understanding of the narrative structures and storytelling – and he’s incredibly able to transmit ALL that.’
Marzio Valdambrini, Writer


‘I feel like Neo in ‘The Matrix’ – everything has become clear!’

Jo Raggett, Screenwriter


‘John’s class is useful and simultaneously painful!  I learnt the big mistake I made in my first film. Good news – as a result of John Yorke, I wont do that again!’

Guy Brasher, Writer & Director


‘Learning the tent pole theory has allowed me to drastically improve the foundation of a story I have been seeking to reinforce.’

Seb Wolfe, Writer & Filmmaker


‘The networking opportunities are worth the price of admission alone. Writing in collaboration took me out of my writing comfort zone but is a great primer for writing in the television sector.’

Ian Allwyn, Writer


‘I found my mid-point – thank you!’
Harshad Mistry, Journalist