THE LEGENDARY STORY SEMINAR
Story creation. Are you inspired by an idea for a story, but don’t know how to realize it? True story is a question of continuous creativity – not a set of formulaic page numbers. Take advantage of one of the best story brains in the business, and let Robert McKee prompt and guide you to your best insights yet. Here is an opportunity to apply classic story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.
Robert McKee’s STORY Seminar is ideal for Screenwriters, TV Writers, Novelists, Playwrights, Filmmakers, Directors, Producers, Documentary Makers, Actors and more…
LESS THAN 1% OF WRITERS SELL THEIR SCREENPLAYS. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW.
Of the total creative effort represented in a finished work, 75% or more of a writer’s labor goes into designing story – only 1% of writers understand this. Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master the form. The only way to truly master the form is to intimately understand every aspect of Story. Robert McKee’s STORY Seminar is designed to help you master these principles. This seminar goes well beyond the essential mechanics of screenwriting. It will elevate your writing from an intellectual exercise to an emotional one, transforming the craft of screenwriting into an art form. The STORY Seminar affords you the opportunity to separate yourself from the herd of writers who will never invest the time to properly master the form and thus will never have the success they truly desire.
REMEMBER: There’s no such thing as an unemployed writer who has fully mastered the art.
Invest the time. Do the work. Write the truth.
THE RESULTS WILL FOLLOW.
Story is about principles, not rules.
Story is about archetypes, not stereotypes.
Story is about eternal, universal forms, not formulas.
Story is about thoroughness, not shortcuts.
Story is about the realities, not the mysteries of writing.
Story is about mastering the art, not second-guessing the marketplace.
Story is about respect, not disdain, for the audience.
Story is about originality, not duplication.
What Can I Expect?
Here's an outline of the STORY Seminar.
Lecture9:00 am – 10: 50 am
Morning BreakQ&A with Robert McKee 10:50 am – 11:10 am
Lecture11:10 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lecture2:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Afternoon BreakQ&A with Robert McKee 3:50 pm – 4:10 pm
Lecture4:10 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening BreakQ&A with Robert McKee 6:00 pm – 6:20 pm
Lecture6:20 pm – 8:00 pm
- The writer and the art of story
- The decline of story in contemporary film
- Story design: the meaning of story, the substance of story, the limitations and inspirations of story structure & genre, the debate between character vs story design
- Premise Idea, Counter Idea, Controlling Idea
- Story Structure: beat, scene, sequence, act, story
- Mapping the Story universe: Archplot, Miniplot, Antiplot
- Shaping the source of story energy and creation
- Putting the elements of story together
- The principles of character dimension and design
- The composition of scenes
- Irony; Melodrama
- False endings
- The text: description, dialogue, and poetics
- The spectrum of story genres
- Act design: the great sweep and body of story
- The first major story event (the inciting incident)
- Scene design in Story: turning points, emotional dynamics, setup/payoff, the nature of choice
- Ordering and linking scenes
- Exposition: dramatizing your characters, the story setting, creating back story
- The principles of antagonism
- Crisis, climax and resolution
- Story adaptations
- Scene analysis: text and sub-text; design through dialogue versus design through action
- The writer’s method: working from the inside out; the creative process from inspiration to final draft.
- How it all works: the principles of the previous days applied in a 6-hour, scene-by-scene screening and analysis of CASABLANCA
Where Can I Attend?
Ready to register? We've got a number of upcoming seminars.
- Sheraton Gateway LAX
- 6101 West Century Blvd.
- Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Venue DetailsFlorence Gould Hall Theatre French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) 55 East 59th Street New York, NY (Between Madison and Park)
AccommodationsPlease note that the seminar cost does not include meals or hotel. For a list of recommended hotels in the area, please click here.
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The Legendary STORY Seminar
For you to fully understand the power of attending a Robert McKee seminar, listen to what a handful of past students have to say: