This year’s theme for London Writers’ Week is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using Digital Media in the UK. With the growth of Netflix, Amazon, BBC Three going online and theatre productions use of digital media, we hope the week provides an insight into and advice on some of the best new ideas in the UK.

Just announced: This year’s London Writers’ Week is also a benefit for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, with 100% of profits from the week going to help victims, supported by The Tabernacle, Notting’s Hill theatre and arts centre at the heart of the community – previous events at The Tabernacle include events with Adele, Lily Allen and others. If you are not able to attend the week in person, you can purchase a Donation ticket and receive email highlights from the week.

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In Conversation with John Yorke – the impact of Amazon

July 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

| £10.00




John Yorke is the former Head of Channel 4 Drama, Controller for BBC Drama Production, author of the best-selling book on storytelling “Into the Woods” and current Managing Director of Angel Station. In this exclusive event, John will talk about how he created “Red Rock”, Ireland’s new soap opera, and sold the series to the BBC and Amazon. John will discuss how Amazon works and also his shadow scheme for emerging writers on “Red Rock” and how writers can best prepare themselves for working in television and online.


John Yorke also created the BBC Writers Academy, training a next generation of writers for screen.


John Yorke will also be offering a two day intensive for 30 writers who would like to write for screen, learn about and create their own soap opera and receive advice on their work and practical training – more information is available here


This discussion is for you if…


  • You’re a writer who would like to hear advice from John Yorke


  • You’re a  writer, industry, student or audience member who would like to know more about how Amazon works


  • You’re a writer, industry, student or audience member who would like an insight into Red Rock and how the series came about, how the series works with writers, and how the series has developed


Artist profile


John Yorke is a drama producer, author and teacher who has spent 30 years studying our insatiable appetite for stories. 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.


John has worked with a vast array of talent, from Paul Greengrass and Paul Abbott to Debbie Horsfield and Jimmy McGovern, making him uniquely placed to watch, learn and analyse the work of the finest writers in British television.


His approach to storytelling is based on the premise that there is a unifying shape to all narrative forms that comes from within. Where previous teachers of story have concentrated on “how” stories work, John looks at “why”. Into The Woods argues that once we recognise why story structure is common to all narratives (from tales heard at our parent’s knee to Hollywood blockbusters), we become able to tell all stories – and communicate – better.


As founder of the hugely successful BBC Writers Academy (85 per cent of graduates are in professional work), John is regarded as one of the UK’s leading teachers of and experts on writing for screen.




Date:  Friday July 7th 2017

Times: 6pm  –7pm
Location: The Tabernacle, 34 –  35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY
Price:  £10 (or included in Festival Pass or Day Pass)


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July 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


London Writers Week


The Tabernacle
34 - 35 Powis Square
London, W11 2AY United Kingdom
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