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To support your commitment to the craft in these difficult times, we’re offering our students a 10% bundle discount when enrolling in two or more series in the 2021 Fall Webinar Program.

Dialogue Webinar Series

NEW LIVE SERIES!

No matter how lavish a play’s production, how vivid a novel’s descriptions, how lush a film’s photography, character talk shapes the deepest complexities, ironies and innerness of story. Without expressive dialogue, events lack depth, characters lose dimension, and the telling ultimately falls flat. Learn the multiple purposes of dialogue, cueing from character to character, the differences between effective and weak dialogue, and how to find and fix flaws.

Webinars in the Series:

Definition and Function
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

Form and Technique
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Flaws and Fixes
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Horror Webinar Series

NEW LIVE SERIES!

The recent wave of successful horror films speaks to a society suffering tremulous feelings of vulnerability, constant fear and dread, helplessness, paralysis, frustration, and rage. The aim of modern horror is to expiate these emotions with a vicarious experience of damnation, of a fate worse than death. Learn the sources of horror, the hidden worlds within reality, how to create a horror cast, the secret to writing a monster that will terrify your audience, and the creative choices available to the writer in the many horror subgenres.

Webinars in the Series:

The Seen and the Other
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

Monsters and Victims
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Plots and Patterns
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Imagery in Fiction Webinar Series

NEW LIVE SERIES!

A well-told story, well directed and acted, will be a good story. All that, plus an enrichment and deepening of the work’s expressivity through the writer’s skilled command of imagery, will be a great story. Learn how to elevate your story, how to create images for the eye versus the ear, the art of writing prose versus dialogue and settings, and the many ways to employ single, multiple and merged image systems in your work.

Webinars in the Series:

Imagery on Page and Stage
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

Imagery on Screen
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Compound Imagery
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Action Webinar Series

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The recordings of every live event in the series are now available! Register today and get instant access.

Action stories are difficult to write well because they have been done so often. Empathy with protagonists in peril provides wonderful excitement to the audience, but audiences know their action stories, and clichés or missed archetypal moments of excitement will disappoint. The Action genre is a specialized and coded story form requiring deep awareness, discipline and a writer who has mastered its principles.

Webinars in the Series:

The Foundation of Action
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

The Shape of Action
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Set Pieces and Subgenres
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Character Webinar Series

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Anton Chekhov once said, “Everything I know about human nature, I learned from me.” The root of character creation is self-knowledge. The more you penetrate the mysteries of your own humanity, the more you come to understand yourself, and the more you are able to understand others. Discover the symbiotic relationship between writer and character, how to create compelling protagonists, and the secret to maximizing their potential through the cast around them.

Webinars in the Series:

The Writer as Character
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

Creating Your Protagonist
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Cast Design
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Story Drives Webinar Series

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A character springs to life the moment we glimpse the fuel that drives them, not only consciously, but subconsciously. Learn the intricacies of character desire and motivation, and how they should be handled in both inner and outer genres. Join McKee at the series conclusion as he presents three vital case studies of the principles in action.

Webinars in the Series:

The Inner Story
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

The Outer Story
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Story In Action
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Thriller Webinar Series

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The key to thriller intensity is mastery of mental action, of one mind preying on another mind. The greater the writer’s mastery, the greater the thrill. In McKee’s new webinar series, master the nature of evil, how to plan the perfect thriller story, and the conventions you must bend or break in order to create a truly unique work.

Webinars in the Series:

The Psychology of Crime
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

Planning the Perfect Thriller
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Ten Thriller Conventions
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Story Craft Webinar Series

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As a writer, you alone have the tools to craft the vehicle that carries us on our search for reality, our best effort to make sense out of the anarchy of existence. And now, more than ever, the world needs your stories. Following the success of his Spring Webinar Program, Robert McKee returns this fall to deliver the crucial insight you need to understand your work in the context of the story universe, to hook and hold the interest of your audience and to lift your story from a good telling, to a work of art.

Webinars in the Series:

The Story Universe
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

Story and the Reader/Audience
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Story as Art
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Love Story Webinar Series

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We create love stories in order to explore, express and experience love from the safe distance of art.
Following the success of his Comedy Webinar Series, Robert McKee returns online this fall with three webinars on the beautiful expression and delightful agony of the Love Story. Learn the history and nature of love, the storytelling principles involved in crafting a love story, and how you can mix and merge genres to create something truly unique.

Webinars in the Series:

The Nature of Love
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

The Six Subgenres of Love
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

The Ten Conventions of Love
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

TV Webinar Series

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TV series have an enormous advantage over film. With the potential to tell a story over dozens of hours, writers have the power to reveal character complexity and depths of humanity no medium has ever delivered in history. This fall, Robert McKee teaches the evolution and strengths of long-form storytelling, how to design your series across multiple seasons, and the depths you can reach in character and story complexity.

Webinars in the Series:

The Age of Long-Form Television
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

Designing Story for Television
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

Maximizing Your TV Series
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Comedy Webinar Series

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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:

The Genius of Comedy
Follow-Up Q&A Session 1

The Keys to Comedy
Follow-Up Q&A Session 2

The Structure of Comedy
Follow-Up Q&A Session 3

Building a Scene

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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.

The Art of the Inciting Incident

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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?

Character Dimensions

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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.

Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext

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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.

The Principle of Antagonism

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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.

The Core Elements of Genre

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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.