Comedy Webinar Series

New Live Webinar Series!
July 16 – Aug 4, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)

Comedy is the angry art. It attacks the institutions in the world, social behaviour and the conduct of society. But comedians know that if you harangue people with how awful the world is, no one will listen to you. As a comedy writer, if you can pull the mask away from hypocrisy and greed, expose pretentiousness, stupidity, cruelty for what it is and get people to laugh, then maybe things will balance. In this series of three webinars, Robert McKee dives deep into the nature, principles and structure of this pointed genre.

Webinars in the Series:

July 16 – The Genius of Comedy
July 21- Follow-Up Q&A Session
July 23 – The Keys to Comedy
July 28 – Follow-Up Q&A Session
July 30 – The Structure of Comedy
August 4 – Follow-Up Q&A Session

2020 Full Spring Program

New Live Webinar Series!
April 15 – July 1, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Pacific)

With the unprecedented events of recent months, and subsequent spread of the coronavirus, writers are increasingly stuck at home. So this spring, as we confront this global crisis together, Robert McKee is bringing his lifetime of narrative insight and legendary teaching to you…

Recordings Now Available:

April 15 – Building a Scene
April 22 – Bonus Q&A Session
April 29 – The Art of the Inciting Incident
May 6 – Bonus Q&A Session
May 13 – Character Dimensions
May 20 – Bonus Q&A Session
May 27 – Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext
June 3 – Bonus Q&A Session
June 10 – The Principle of Antagonism
June 17 – Bonus Q&A Session
June 24 – The Core Elements of Genre

Building a Scene

Recording Now Available!

Every writer must strive towards this ideal: Include no scene that doesn’t turn. You must work to round every scene from beginning to end by turning a value at stake in a character’s life from positive to negative, or vice versa. Adherence to this principle may be difficult, but it’s by no means impossible.

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The Art of the Inciting Incident

Recording Now Available!

The Inciting Incident is the first major incident in your story. At some point, as you write, you will need to answer these questions: How do I set my story in action? Where do I place this crucial event?

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Character Dimensions

Recording Now Available!

Dimension is the least understood concept in character. The industry insists on “round, three dimensional characters,” but when pressed, few could actually tell you what that means, let alone create one.

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Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext

Recording Now Available!

Without expressive dialogue, story events lack depth, characters lose dimension, and story flattens. More than any other technique of characterization, dialogue has the power to lift a merely complicated telling into the full array of complexity.

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The Principle of Antagonism

Recording Now Available!

A protagonist and their story can only be as intellectually fascinating and emotionally compelling as the forces of antagonism make them. The more powerful and complex the forces opposing the character, the more completely realized character and story must become.

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The Core Elements of Genre

Recording Now Available!

All writers are genre writers. Whether it’s an action blockbuster such as AVENGERS: ENDGAME, or a crimedy like the excellent PARASITE, every story flows from a tradition of core events, characters, and values delineated by the genre in which it was written. The writer’s first task is to identify the genre, or combination of genres that will inspire his or her creativity. The second is to master its possibilities.

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Los Angeles Seminars

 

Mar. 26-28, 2020
Mar. 29, 2020
Mar. 26-29, 2020
 

New York Seminars

 

Apr. 16-18, 2020
Apr. 19, 2020
Apr. 16-19, 2020
 

London Seminars

 

May 14-16, 2020
May 17, 2020
May 14-17, 2020
 

Los Angeles Seminars

Learn from Hollywood’s most sought-after writing instructor, Robert McKee, at the LA STORY and LOVE STORY DAY Seminars in October.

Oct. 15-17, 2020
Oct. 18, 2020
Oct. 15-18, 2020
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New York Seminars

Robert McKee returns to New York City this October to deliver his STORY Seminar and all-new TV DAY, focusing on long-form storytelling.

Oct. 29-31, 2020
Nov. 1, 2020
Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2020
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London Seminars

Regent’s University London hosts Robert McKee’s legendary STORY Seminar and COMEY DAY genre seminar this fall.

Nov. 19-21, 2020
Nov. 22, 2020
Nov. 19-22, 2020
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