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.

April 15, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (PT)

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?

April 29, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (PT)

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.

May 13, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (PT)

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.

May 27, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (PT)

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.

June 17, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (PT)

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.

June 24, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (PT)

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

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

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