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WEBINAR - Building A Scene

Begins: April 15, 2020    

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

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.

Robert McKee begins his all-new spring webinar program with Building a Scene. In this 60-minute online seminar, and 30-minute live Q&A, McKee teaches the principles of scene design, providing the disciplined writer with the tools they need to maximize every story event.

This Live Webinar Includes:

  • Setups and Payoffs:
    What insights will the audience gain from your turning points?
  • Location of Turning Point:
    Where should you place this crucial moment in your scene?
  • Opening and Closing Value:
    The change in story value from the beginning to the end of the scene.
  • Violation of Expectation:
    How will the story world react in a way that your protagonist and audience does not expect?
  • 30-minute Q&A:
    Clarify your learning by having your questions answered live by Robert McKee.

Bonus Q&A Session

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

As a thank you for your commitment to studying and writing in these perilous times, Robert McKee is offering a dedicated 2-hour, online Q&A session with every webinar this spring.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WEBINAR - Full Spring Program

Begins: April 15, 2020   Ends: July 1, 2020  

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

This Spring, Robert McKee Comes to Your Home!

With the unprecedented events of recent months, and subsequent spread of the coronavirus, writers are increasingly stuck at home. As we stare down the possibility of weeks or months alone, remember this: Mary Shelley wrote the short story that inspired FRANKENSTEIN in isolation, and Shakespeare created KING LEAR whilst in quarantine.

What we create for the world, what it demands of us, is story. Now and forever.

So this spring, as we confront this global crisis together, Robert McKee is bringing his lifetime of narrative insight and legendary teaching to you...

McKee's 2020 Spring Webinar Program:

All recordings are available to watch at your convenience until July 8th.

All webinars take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT. All corresponding Q&A sessions take place the following Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT.

April 15: Building a Scene
Recording now available.
April 22: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

April 29: The Art of the Inciting Incident
Recording now available.
May 6: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

May 13: Character Dimensions
Recording now available.
May 20: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

May 27: Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext
Recording now available.
June 3: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

June 10: The Principle of Antagonism
Recording now available.
June 17: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

June 24: The Core Elements of Genre
Recording now available.
July 1: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WEBINAR - Spring Program Upgrade

Begins: April 15, 2020   Ends: July 1, 2020  

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

Spring Webinar Program Upgrade

To encourage your commitment to the craft in these difficult times, we’re offering you the opportunity to sign up for the remaining sessions of the Full Spring Program with the original 10% discount.

As you’ve already paid the $49 registration fee for a single webinar, you can register for the remaining 5 webinars and 5 bonus Q&A sessions for $215 (normally $245).

McKee's 2020 Spring Webinar Program:

All webinars take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT. All corresponding Q&A sessions take place the following Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT.

April 15: Building a Scene
Recording now available.
April 22: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

April 29: The Art of the Inciting Incident
Recording now available.
May 6: Bonus Q&A Session
Recording now available.

May 13: Character Dimensions
Recording now available.
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
July 1: Bonus Q&A Session

If you register for the live webinars and bonus Q&A sessions but are unable to attend at the scheduled times, their respective recordings will still be available to watch at your convenience.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WEBINAR - The Art of the Inciting Incident

Begins: April 29, 2020    

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

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?

Robert McKee returns for the second installment of his spring webinar program with The Art of the Inciting Incident. In this 60-minute online seminar, and 30-minute live Q&A, McKee teaches the principles and techniques involved in designing the first major event in your story.

This Live Webinar Includes:

  • The Role in the Story:
    The function of your Inciting Incident.
  • The Spine of Action:
    The protagonist’s reaction to the crucial story event.
  • The Obligatory Scene:
    Setting up the Climax of your story with the Inciting Incident.
  • Locating the Inciting Incident:
    The design and placement within the overall story structure.
  • 30-minute Q&A:
    Clarify your learning by having your questions answered live by Robert McKee.

Bonus Q&A Session

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

As a thank you for your commitment to studying and writing in these perilous times, Robert McKee is offering a dedicated 2-hour, online Q&A session with every webinar this spring.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WEBINAR - Character Dimensions

Begins: May 13, 2020    

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

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.

Robert McKee continues his all-new spring webinar program with Character Dimensions. In this 60-minute online seminar, and 30-minute live Q&A, McKee teaches the principles and tools writers need to create fascinating, multi-dimensional characters.

This Live Webinar Includes:

  • Characterization:
    The observable qualities of your characters.
  • Core Character:
    The innermost selves of your characters and how to reveal them in your story.
  • Contradiction:
    Designing a character to express consistent contradictions that will fascinate your audience.
  • Contrast:
    Adding interesting shades to the palette of your characters.
  • 30-minute Q&A:
    Clarify your learning by having your questions answered live by Robert McKee.

Bonus Q&A Session

Date: Wednesday, May 20
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

As a thank you for your commitment to studying and writing in these perilous times, Robert McKee is offering a dedicated 2-hour, online Q&A session with every webinar this spring.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WEBINAR - Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext

Begins: May 27, 2020    

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

Date: Wednesday, May 27
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

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.

Robert McKee returns for the fourth installment of his spring webinar program with Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext. In this 60-minute online seminar, and 30-minute live Q&A, McKee teaches the principles and techniques involved in creating layered dialogue for stage, page and screen.

This Live Webinar Includes:

  • Text vs. Subtext:
    The difference between the visible and hidden worlds of your characters.
  • The Said:
    The ideas and emotions a character chooses to express.
  • The Unsaid:
    The hidden self, and impact on readers and audience.
  • The Unsayable:
    Subconscious desire in character.
  • 30-minute Q&A:
    Clarify your learning by having your questions answered live by Robert McKee.

Bonus Q&A Session

Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

As a thank you for your commitment to studying and writing in these perilous times, Robert McKee is offering a dedicated 2-hour, online Q&A session with every webinar this spring.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WEBINAR - The Principle of Antagonism

Begins: June 10, 2020    

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

Date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

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.

Robert McKee continues his spring webinar program with The Principle of Antagonism. In this 60-minute online seminar, and 30-minute live Q&A, McKee teaches the principles needed to illuminate the dark forces of your story world.

This Live Webinar Includes:

  • The Negation of the Negation:
    The limit of the dark powers of human nature.
  • The End of the Line:
    How to progress your story to the capacity of human experience.
  • Outward Turned Inward:
    Turning your negative forces inward in the life of your protagonist.
  • Layering with a Lie:
    Taking your negative forces, and hiding them beneath a positive.
  • 30-minute Q&A:
    Clarify your learning by having your questions answered live by Robert McKee.

Bonus Q&A Session

Date: Wednesday, June 17
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

As a thank you for your commitment to studying and writing in these perilous times, Robert McKee is offering a dedicated 2-hour, online Q&A session with every webinar this spring.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WEBINAR - The Core Elements of Genre

Begins: June 24, 2020    

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 2:30 pm  

Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PT

This event can now be viewed as a recording. Access expires July 8th.

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.

Robert McKee returns for the final installment of his spring webinar program with The Core Elements of Genre. In this 60-minute online seminar, and 30-minute live Q&A, McKee dispels the myth that you can write outside of a genre, and teaches the principles involved in adhering to, and breaking, genre conventions.

This Live Webinar Includes:

  • Genre:
    Story tradition, and how all writers are genre writers.
  • Conventions:
    The necessary elements of story form.
  • Cliché:
    Why writers should never write "off the top of their heads."
  • Core Elements:
    The 4 key story elements every writer must consider.
  • 30-minute Q&A:
    Clarify your learning by having your questions answered live by Robert McKee.

Bonus Q&A Session

Date: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PT

As a thank you for your commitment to studying and writing in these perilous times, Robert McKee is offering a dedicated 2-hour, online Q&A session with every webinar this spring.

If you register for the live webinar and bonus Q&A session but are unable to attend at the scheduled times, their respective recordings will still be available to watch at your convenience until July 8th.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

COMEDY Webinar Series

Begins: July 16, 2020   Ends: August 4, 2020  

Start Time: 1:00 pm   End Time: 3:00 pm  

Drama appeals to feelings. It releases our compassion and empathy for the suffering of our fellow human beings. Comedy, on the other hand, appeals to the intellect. It takes brains to laugh. It asks us to denounce false values, false behaviors, the stupidity greed and folly of humanity.

The dramatist fundamentally respects and admires humanity. They tell stories that in essence say "under the worst of circumstances, human beings are magnificent creatures." The comedian says "under the best of circumstances, human beings will find some way to screw up."

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 90-minute lessons (+30-minute Q&A sessions), and three exclusive 2-hour follow-up Q&As, Robert McKee dives deep into the nature, principles and structure of this pointed genre.

McKee's 2020 Comedy Webinar Series:

All webinars take place on Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern).
All Q&A sessions take place the following Tuesdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern)
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Recordings will be sent 24 hours after each live event concludes, and will be available to stream until August 31.

Thursday, July 16: The Genius of Comedy
Tuesday, July 21: Follow-up Q&A Session
Recordings will be available until August 31st.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee delivers a masterclass on the principles of cast design, comedic protagonists and the unique worldview of the comedy writer.

  • The Love of Comedy
  • The Comic Character and Cast Design
  • What is Comedy?
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Thursday, July 23: The Keys to Comedy
Tuesday, July 28: Follow-up Q&A Session
Recordings will be available until August 31st.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee teaches the principles and techniques involved in designing a comedy.

  • Four Conventions of Comedy
  • The Subgenres of Comedy
  • Mixing and Merging Comedy with Other Genres
  • What is Laughter?
  • Joke Structure
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Thursday, July 30: The Structure of Comedy
Tuesday, August 4: Follow-up Q&A Session
Recordings will be available until August 31st.

In Part 3 of the series, McKee teaches the true nature of comedy, the principles of joke design, and the techniques comedians need to maximize the humor in their story.

  • Creating Jokes
  • Comic Timing
  • Exploration of Comic Techniques
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY - Los Angeles (Fall 2020)

Begins: October 15, 2020   Ends: October 17, 2020  

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

In an intense 3 days, Robert McKee teaches the substance, structure, style and principles of Story. Learn how to apply classical story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY + LOVE STORY DAY - Los Angeles (Fall 2020)

Begins: October 15, 2020   Ends: October 18, 2020  

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

You are saving 10% by registering for both STORY and LOVE STORY DAY!
*This offer may not be combined with other discounts.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

LOVE STORY DAY - Los Angeles (Fall 2020)

Begins: October 18, 2020    

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

Please note: this is a one-day seminar.

This dedicated session will address the timeless codes of the Love Story genre, enabling you to identify and innovate its dramatic conventions. Robert McKee shares a lifetime of narrative insight into a story form that continues to drive publication and performance across books, films, and television.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY - New York (Fall 2020)

Begins: October 29, 2020   Ends: October 31, 2020  

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

In an intense 3 days, Robert McKee teaches the substance, structure, style and principles of Story. Learn how to apply classical story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY + TV DAY - New York (Fall 2020)

Begins: October 29, 2020   Ends: November 1, 2020  

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

You are saving 10% by registering for both STORY and TV DAY Seminars!
*May not be combined with other discounts.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

TV DAY - New York (Fall 2020)

Begins: November 1, 2020    

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

Robert McKee presents his popular TV Series Day. Please note that this is a one-day seminar.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY - London (Fall 2020)

Begins: November 19, 2020   Ends: November 21, 2020  

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

In an intense 3 days, Robert McKee teaches the substance, structure, style and principles of Story. Learn how to apply classical story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY + COMEDY DAY - London (Fall 2020)

Begins: November 19, 2020   Ends: November 22, 2020  

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

You are saving 10% by registering for both STORY and COMEDY DAY!
*This offer may not be combined with other discounts.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

COMEDY DAY - London (Fall 2020)

Begins: November 22, 2020    

Start Time: 9:00 am   End Time: 7:30 pm  

Robert McKee presents his popular COMEDY Genre Day. Please note that this is a one-day seminar.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Registration Questions?

Wondering which McKee Seminar is right for you? We’re happy to help! Just give us a call or send us an email.

(928) 204-2323

contact@mckeestory.com

Getting Started
Robert McKee’s webinars are hosted on Zoom.

We recommend that you install the free Zoom client, as it offers a more stable connection and better overall performance during the live webinar.

For more information, please consult our Webinar FAQ page.

Asking a Question
During the Webinar:

Throughout the webinar, you’ll have the ability to submit your questions using the Zoom Q&A panel. Our moderator will collect and organize the questions during the webinar, and Robert McKee will answer as many as time allows during the Q&A period that follows.

Bonus Q&A Session:

After the webinar, you’ll be sent an email inviting you to the bonus Q&A session the following week and encouraging you to submit your questions to us via email. Priority will be given to those questions submitted in writing, but as with the webinar, we will also be taking questions submitted live through the Zoom Q&A panel.

Webinar Recordings
Registrants will be emailed information on how to access the recording 24 hours after the conclusion of the live webinar. You can watch the recording as many times as you like during the access period.

All recordings for the Spring Webinar Program will remain accessible until July 8th.

All recordings for the Summer Comedy Webinar Series will remain accessible until August 31st.

Cancellations / Refunds
You can cancel any time before the webinar at no cost to you. Just let us know.

We want you to have the best learning experience possible, so we’re here to help. Please contact us for assistance by emailing contact@mckeestory.com if you’re having technical issues with Zoom.

No refunds will be issued after the live webinar has ended and you’ve been sent the link to the recording. As the recording can be played on so many different devices and systems, it should be possible to watch it on at least one of your devices.

For more information, please consult our Webinar FAQ page.

Save 10%*

Get a package discount when you register for the full 2020 Spring Webinar Program.

Building a Scene
Bonus Q&A Session

The Art of the Inciting Incident
Bonus Q&A Session

Character Dimensions
Bonus Q&A Session

Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext
Bonus Q&A Session

The Principle of Antagonism
Bonus Q&A Session

The Core Elements of Genre
Bonus Q&A Session

Save 10%*

Get a package discount when you book both STORY and GENRE DAY Seminars!

*This offer may not be combined with other discounts.

What is Final Draft?

Bundled Discount

When you purchase the software as part of a McKee Seminar Tuition Package you will receive a substantial discount courtesy of Final Draft. The digital download of the software will be made available within a week of your registration.

If you should need to cancel your registration, you will be refunded your tuition less an administrative fee of 10% and the full price of the Final Draft software.

Do I Need Final Draft For the Seminar?

This software is not required for any of our seminars, but it could be very useful as you go on to apply what you’ve learned in your writing.

What is Storylogue?
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Storylogue is Mr. McKee’s online learning library for writers – a writer’s practicum. Currently, the site hosts over 1,500 videos that include new lessons (not covered in his STORY Seminar) and interviews between Mr. McKee and prominent industry professionals as well as Q&A sessions between Mr. McKee and students. These videos are excellent research and learning resources and you can preview the videos offered at Storylogue.com.

When purchasing a year’s subscription as part of a Tuition Package, you receive a discount of over 40% on the standard annual membership rate. Alternatively, annual or monthly membership may be purchased from the site at any time.

Presently, the site is undergoing a massive upgrade to improve the search functionality but it won’t affect your viewing enjoyment.

Can I Register For Someone Else?
Yes, but please ensure that you enter the intended attendee’s registration details (First Name, Last Name, Email) so that their registration information and ticket will be sent to the correct recipient.

When you reach the payment screen, you may use your own personal information associated with your chosen payment method.

Can I Register a Group?
You may register as many people as you like, but at this time we ask that you register each person individually. (You can still use the same method of payment for each registration.)

Group Discounts:

If you’re registering 5 or more people, you may be eligible for a discount. See here for details.

Do You Offer Discounts?
Yes! We’re pleased to offer several discount categories to help support your learning. Applicability varies by event, so check the seminar details for the available discounts. See the full FAQ page for more information.

 

Category
Groups
Professional Union Members
Students
Repeater
Fellowship
Do I Qualify for the Repeater Rate?
Our special Repeater rate is based on prior attendance at a McKee Seminar of the same type. For example: If you attended the STORY Seminar in New York last year, you should be eligible for the Repeater rate on all STORY Seminars.

We will check our records to verify previous attendance once we receive your registration. If you are unsure, we encourage you to contact us here and we’ll be happy to assist you.

What's a Deposit?
The $100/£100 non-refundable deposit option allows you to reserve a spot at the seminar. The balance is due two weeks before the seminar. If you do not pay in full by that time, you will forfeit this deposit.
What Happens if I Have to Cancel?
Seat Deposit

The Deposit option allows you to reserve a spot at the seminar by paying a non-refundable deposit of $100/£100. This deposit will be applied to the full price of your desired Tuition Package, the balance of which will be due two weeks before the seminar at the latest. If you do not register and pay in full by that time, your seat will no longer be reserved.

Seminar Tuition

If you cancel 10 days or less from the event date your full tuition will be forfeited, but you may apply it to a future McKee Seminar of the same type within one year of your first scheduled seminar. If you cancel more than 10 days prior to the event date, you have the option to to apply it to a future seminar within one year, or you can be refunded your money less a 10% fee that will be retained to cover administrative costs.

Final Draft

If you purchased Final Draft at a discounted price by bundling it with your seminar tuition, and find that you must cancel your registration, you will be refunded your money less our administrative fee and the full price of the Final Draft software.

I'm from out of town. Can You Recommend Accommodations?
Los Angeles

We organize a special discounted room rate for our attendees at the Sheraton Gateway LAX where the seminar is held. It’s a five-minute courtesy shuttle bus ride between the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the hotel. The discounted room rate is subject to availability. Please consult the seminar details for more information.

For other options near the Los Angeles venue, please click here

New York & London

For our New York and London seminars, please click here for options from budget to high-end hotels.