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ACTION Webinar Series

Begins: July 8, 2021   Ends: July 27, 2021  

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

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.

McKee's 2021 ACTION Webinar Series

Robert McKee returns this summer with his new ACTION Webinar Series.

Based on McKee’s acclaimed seminar and updated for the new online format, this new series consists of three 90-minute lessons (+30-minute Q&A sessions) and three exclusive 2-hour follow-up Q&As. Robert teaches the core principles of the genre, the structure of action stories, and how to design set pieces in order to maximize the excitement of your audience.

Late joining the live webinar series?

Not to worry! As a courtesy to our global audience, we're providing limited access to the recordings of each event. Sign up now and catch up at your convenience. Recordings of the Action Webinar Series will be accessible until September 30, 2021.

PART 1

Thursday, July 8: The Foundation of Action
Tuesday, July 13: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until September 30, 2021.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee teaches the core principles essential to every action writer, the most effective ways to begin and end your story, and how to maximize the excitement in between. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Introduction: The Love of Action
    Why do audiences return again and again to action stories?
  • The Core of Action
    What are the key elements of the genre?
  • Action Structure
    How to hook your audience, drive your story and pay it off with an exciting climax.
  • Convention vs. Cliché
    The difference between the two, and why action stories are the hardest to write.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

Thursday, July 15: The Shape of Action
Tuesday, July 20: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until September 30, 2021.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee breaks down the core cast of action, how to perfect its design, and the importance of power dynamics in an action story that works. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Core Cast of Action
    The essential cast members of the genre.
  • Cast Design
    What are the differences between roles and characters?
  • Institutional vs. Tactical Powers 
    A breakdown of power dynamics in action stories.
  • Praise and Mockery
    How to maximize your dialogue to express the balance of power in your story.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, July 22: Set Pieces and Subgenres
Tuesday, July 27: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until September 30, 2021.

In the final part of the series, McKee delivers a masterclass on the action writer's full range of creative choices and the strategies you need to craft effective set pieces, before putting it all together with an in-depth study of an action classic. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Set Pieces
    What strategies can writers use to craft compelling action sequences?
  • In-Depth Study: DIE HARD
    A detailed breakdown of the cast, structure and set-pieces of one of action’s most celebrated successes.
  • The 16 Subgenres of Action
    What kind of action story are you writing?
  • Conclusion: Form vs. Formula
    Dispelling the myth of foolproof story models.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

DIALOGUE Webinar Series

Begins: September 9, 2021   Ends: September 28, 2021  

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

"Talk, more than any other trait, expresses our humanity."
- Robert McKee

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.

McKee's 2021 DIALOGUE Webinar Series

Robert McKee returns this fall with his new DIALOGUE Webinar Series.

In this series of three 90-minute lessons (+30-minute Q&A sessions), and three exclusive 2-hour follow-up Q&As, Robert McKee teaches the multiple purposes of dialogue, cueing from character to character, the differences between effective and weak dialogue, and how to find and fix flaws.

PART 1

Thursday, September 9: Definition and Functions
Tuesday, September 14: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until November 30, 2021.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee breaks down the definition of dialogue, the differences between what is spoken inside and outside of your scenes, how dialogue changes depending on your chosen medium, and the different ways it can be used within your story. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Dramatized vs. Narratized
    What’s the difference between words spoken inside and outside of a scene?
  • Dialogue on Page, Stage, and Screen
    How your chosen medium affects the spoken word.
  • The Three Functions of Dialogue
    Why is your character speaking?
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

Thursday, September 16: Form and Technique
Tuesday, September 21: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until November 30, 2021.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee teaches the quantities and qualities of dialogue, why subtext is vital to your story and how to use it, and the literary techniques every writer needs to maximize their characters' speech. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Text
    The quantities and qualities of dialogue.
  • Subtext
    What are your characters not saying?
  • Narration
    First, Second, Third Person? Whose voice tells the story?
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, September 23: Flaws and Fixes
Tuesday, September 28: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until November 30, 2021.

In Part 3 of the series, McKee breaks down the most common flaws found in poorly written dialogue, teaching you how to make your dialogue believable, what forces might be influencing your characters' speech, and how excessiveness might have an impact on your story. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Incredibility
    How do you make the audience believe every word?
  • Excuses vs. Motivation
    What might be driving your characters?
  • Melodrama
    How excessiveness impacts story.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

How It Works

Webinars
Webinars take place live on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Q&A Sessions
Follow-Up Q&A Sessions take place live on the following Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Recordings
The link to each recorded session will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of its conclusion. Recordings will be available to stream until November 30, 2021.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

2021 Fall Webinar Program

Begins: September 9, 2021   Ends: November 23, 2021  

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

Robert McKee's 2021 Fall Webinar Program begins this September, with the Dialogue Webinar Series. In three dedicated webinars, we'll study the multiple purposes of dialogue, cueing from character to character, the differences between effective and weak dialogue, and how to find and fix flaws.

In October, McKee's Horror Webinar Series uncovers the sources of horror, the hidden worlds within reality, how to create a horror cast, and the secret to writing a monster that will terrify your audience, before concluding with a comparison of the various horror subgenres.

Finally, we’ll end the fall program in November with the brand-new Imagery in Fiction Webinar Series. In this series, Robert teaches you how to elevate your story, how to create images for the eye versus the ear, and the art of writing prose versus dialogue and settings, before concluding the series with a masterclass on the multiple ways to employ single, multiple and merged image systems in your work. 

As a bonus, every webinar comes with its own dedicated 2-hour follow-up Q&A session, in which you’ll get the chance to ask McKee any questions you have about the lecture content, or about the writing craft more broadly. 

McKee's 2021 Fall Webinar Program

DIALOGUE Webinar Series
$197 - Click here for more info

Recordings will be available until November 30, 2021.

September 9: Definition and Functions
September 14: Follow-Up Q&A Session

September 16: Form and Technique
September 21: Follow-Up Q&A Session

September 23: Flaws and Fixes
September 28: Follow-Up Q&A Session

HORROR Webinar Series
$197 - Click here for more info

Recordings will be available until December 31, 2021.

October 7: The Seen and the Other
October 12: Follow-Up Q&A Session

October 14: Monsters and Victims
October 19: Follow-Up Q&A Session

October 21: Plots and Patterns
October 26: Follow-Up Q&A Session

IMAGERY IN FICTION Webinar Series
$197 - Click here for more info

Recordings will be available until January 31, 2022.

November 4: Sources of Imagery
November 9: Follow-Up Q&A Session

November 11: Imagery and Media
November 16: Follow-Up Q&A Session

November 18: Compound Imagery
November 23: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Available Spaces: Unlimited

HORROR Webinar Series

Begins: October 7, 2021   Ends: September 26, 2021  

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

"We go to horror films to confront what might be lurking in our own subconscious, to face what hides behind the mask of reality."
- Robert McKee

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. To do so, it uses both horror and terror. To horrify means to cause extreme repulsion; to terrify, to cause extreme fear. Or in the words of a renowned horror producer, "Not a dry seat in the house."

McKee's 2021 HORROR Webinar Series

Based on his popular seminar and updated for the brand-new online format, Robert McKee returns this October to deliver his Horror Webinar Series.

In this series of three 90-minute lessons (+30-minute Q&A sessions), and three exclusive 2-hour follow-up Q&As, McKee teaches the sources of horror, the hidden worlds within reality, how to create a horror cast, and the secret to writing a monster that will terrify your audience, before concluding with a comparison of the horror subgenres.

PART 1

Thursday, October 7: The Seen and the Other
Tuesday, October 12: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until December 31, 2021.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee breaks down the psychological pleasures of horror, the key to creating an aesthetic nightmare, and the distinctive relationship between what you show the audience and what you keep hidden. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The History and Definition of Horror
    How has mankind’s vision of hell evolved over time?
  • The Pleasures of Horror
    Why do audiences keep coming back to the genre?
  • Horror's Dual Reality
    The unique relationship between realism and non-realism.
  • The Seen and the Other
    How to make mental things physical.
  • Perception
    The relationship between content and the audience.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

Thursday, October 14: Monsters and Victims
Tuesday, October 19: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until December 31, 2021.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee teaches the core roles of the genre, the nature of evil, and the importance of the balance of power in your horror story. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Horror Protagonist
    Why your protagonist is not a hero.
  • Women in Horror
    The relationship between the genre and gender.
  • How to Make a Monster
    Maximizing your antagonist.
  • The Key to Horror
    Who has the power?
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, October 21: Plots and Patterns
Tuesday, October 26: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until December 31, 2021.

In Part 3 of the series, McKee breaks down the conventions of horror, its three subgenres, and the possible climaxes horror writers have at their fingertips. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Three Basic Story Patterns
    The typical shapes of horror.
  • Three Subgenres
    What kind of monster have you created?
  • Horror Genre Conventions
    The tools writers have at their disposal.
  • The Twelve Climaxes of Horror
    How will you end your story?
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

How It Works

Webinars
Webinars take place live on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Q&A Sessions
Follow-Up Q&A Sessions take place live on the following Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Recordings
The link to each recorded session will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of its conclusion. Recordings will be available to stream until December 31, 2021.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

IMAGERY Webinar Series

Begins: November 4, 2021   Ends: November 23, 2021  

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

"Whether a story’s content is beautiful or grotesque, spiritual or profane, epic or intimate, it requires full expression."
- Robert McKee

Once in the ritual of story, audiences react to every image, visual or auditory, symbolically. We instinctively sense that each object, word and setting has been selected to mean more than itself, and so we connote every denotation.

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.  

McKee's 2021 IMAGERY IN FICTION Webinar Series

Robert McKee concludes his fall program with a brand-new webinar series: Imagery in Fiction. 

In three 90-minute lessons (+30-minute Q&A sessions), and three exclusive 2-hour follow-up Q&As, McKee presents an all-new series of lessons teaching you how to elevate your story, how to create images for the eye versus the ear, and the art of writing prose versus dialogue and settings, before concluding the series with a masterclass on the multiple ways to employ single, multiple and merged image systems in your work. 

PART 1

Thursday, November 4: Sources of Imagery
Tuesday, November 9: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until January 31, 2022.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee breaks down sourcing imagery from your imagination, dreams and subconscious, and teaches writers how to optimize their use. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Archetypal Imagery
    Symbolic imagery and how to create an image system.
  • Metaphorical Imagery
    How to use tropes in dialogue and descriptions.
  • Mental Imagery
    How will the reader receive and react to the images?
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

Thursday, November 11: Imagery and Media
Tuesday, November 16: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until January 31, 2022.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee teaches the key differences between creating imagery for stage, page and screen, and how to maximize the benefits of each. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Projected
    Optimizing imagery in your script for film or television.
  • Described
    How to harness the power of imagery for the page.
  • Spoken
    Maximizing imagery for the stage.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, November 18: Compound Imagery
Tuesday, November 23: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available to stream until January 31, 2022.

In Part 3 of the series, McKee delivers an in-depth breakdown of imagery in three on-screen works of art. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Counterpoint
    How to juxtapose imagery within your story.
  • Merged Imagery
    Combining imagery to instill meaning.
  • In-Depth Study
    A breakdown of the use of imagery in three modern-day classics.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

How It Works

Webinars
Webinars take place live on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Q&A Sessions
Follow-Up Q&A Sessions take place live on the following Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Recordings
The link to each recorded session will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of its conclusion. Recordings will be available to stream until January 31, 2022.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

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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.

Follow-Up 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.

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.

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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.