John Yorke Television Drama Writers Academy

16 weeks Part-time

Scotland Blended

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John Yorke Television Drama Writers Academy


From draft to pilot script - take your writing to the next level!

The John Yorke Television Drama Writers’ Academy is a blended 16 week comprehensive course in writing for television, leading to Writers’ Room experience and production of an original story bible and pilot script. With tutoring and feedback from the UK’s foremost expert on story - John Yorke, this is a career opportunity not to be missed!

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The 16 week course will guide you through all the principles, but with particular focus on how they apply to modern, highly competitive television.

During the first half of the course you will be expected to produce a draft 30 page script for a pilot. This will demonstrate your key strengths and weaknesses and allow us to focus on which skills we need to further develop in the second half.  

The second half will be much more focused on what ideas work in television – shifting the focus of the course onto creating ideas with the greatest commercial appeal. 

Bursaries Available

Screen Scotland supports the Television Drama Writers’ Academy through full or partial bursaries which are available to participants who reside in Scotland (and have lived there for at least
the last three years).