STORY Seminar

Write the truth.

The legendary Story Seminar….

Story creation. Are you inspired by a story idea, 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.

Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman wrote in his most recent book, “It’s four full days over a single weekend, and no one feels cheated when he’s done. I wish he had been around when I started writing CUT TO for a living.”

Bestselling novelist Steve Pressfield simply said, “McKee is not only the best teacher of writing I’ve ever had, but the best teacher of anything.”

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Ideal for Screenwriters, TV Writers, Novelists, Playwrights, Filmmakers, Directors, Producers, Documentary Makers, Actors and more.


Robert McKee’s Former Students Have Won:

59 + Academy Awards (214 + Nominations)
170 + Emmy Awards (500 + Nominations)
155 + Golden Globes (300 + Nominations)
30 + WGA Awards (180 + Nominations)
26 + DGA Awards (52 + Nominations)




 STORY Seminar: Inspirational



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Story Seminar Outline:


  • 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

 DAY 2

  • Putting the elements of story together
  • The principles of character dimension and design
  • The composition of scenes
  • Titles
  • Irony; Melodrama
  • False endings
  • The text: description, dialogue, and poetics
  • The spectrum of story genres

 DAY 3

  • 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

 DAY 4

  • 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 3-1/2 days applied in a 6-hour, scene-by-scene screening and analysis of CASABLANCA
  • The spectrum of story genres

Each 4-day Story event runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 9:00am and closing at 7:00pm each day.

9:00 – 11:00 Lecture

11:00 – 11:30 MORNING BREAK – Q&A with Robert McKee

11:30 – 1:30 Lecture

1:30 – 2:30 LUNCH BREAK

2:30 – 4:30 Lecture

4:30 – 5:00 AFTERNOON BREAK – Q&A with Robert McKee

5:00 – 7:00 Lecture



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