Into the Woods - Screenwriting Competition - Raindance

A course from the Controller of BBC Drama

Into the Woods

Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jon Mycroft who won with his comedy entitled ‘Bunnies’


To celebrate the release of John Yorke’s guide to writing – Into The Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story – we have a place to giveaway on his prestigious 16-week writing course – Storytelling for Television. John Yorke a former producer and currently Controller of BBC Drama; he has been associated with some of the biggest shows on British television in the last 15 years: Skins, Shameless, Hustle, Casualty and Life on Mars.

John Yorke has worked with online-learning specialists the Professional Writing Academy to create an online distance-learning course as a companion to Into the Woods. The 16 week Storytelling for Television course is for people who want to learn or hone professional screenwriting skills – wherever in the world they are. It offers practical ways of applying the theories of the book to create compelling stories.

For your chance to win a place on the course you’ll need to write us a 2-page script on the theme of Easter – and you haven’t got long to do it – the deadline is 12pm Thursday 4th April.

Competition Details

The theme of ‘Easter’ is a guide rather than a rule. There’s nothing strict you need to adhere to, but let it guide the script. Somethings that might spark your creative light are:
– resurrection
– Easter bunny
– Bank Holiday weekends
– caves
– whatever else you can think that ties in with Easter


One entry per person
Entry to be sent as a 3 page .pdf to
– 1 title page with script name, submitter name, email address
– 2 pages of film formatted script
Entry to be received no later than 12pm Thursday 4th April 2013
Winner to be notified and posted here by 6pm Tuesday 9th April 2013
– edit: Due to the high number of applications, there will be a slight delay to this announcement.

Course Details

All the information about the course can be found here. In summary:

DATE  September 2013
DURATION 16 weeks online (7–10 hours weekly commitment)
APPROACH The course leads participants to an understanding of the universal story structure that resonates with all audiences in all genres and formats. Teaching is through a combination of audio and video, practical exercises, peer feedback, a live Q&A with John Yorke plus individual feedback at the end of the course.
LEVEL Serves as an introduction for the novice storyteller and a back-to-basics refresher for experienced practitioners or executives who need to unify a company’s approach to the craft.



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