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WEBINAR - Building A Scene

Begins: April 15, 2020    

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

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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.

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 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:
    Robert McKee clarifies the lecture by answering questions posed by live webinar attendees.

Bonus Q&A Session

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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

Spring Webinar Program

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

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

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McKee's 2020 Spring Webinar Program

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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...

PART 1

Building a Scene
Follow-Up Q&A Session
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PART 2

The Art of the Inciting Incident
Follow-Up Q&A Session
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PART 3

Character Dimensions
Follow-Up Q&A Session
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PART 4

Dialogue: The Hidden Story in Subtext
Follow-Up Q&A Session
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PART 5

The Principle of Antagonism
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PART 6

The Core Elements of Genre
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WEBINAR - The Art of the Inciting Incident

Begins: April 29, 2020    

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

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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?

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 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:
    Robert McKee clarifies the lecture by answering questions posed by live webinar attendees.

Bonus Q&A Session

This is a recording of the live event. Access expires March 31st, 2021.

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  

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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.

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 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:
    Robert McKee clarifies the lecture by answering questions posed by live webinar attendees.

Bonus Q&A Session

This is a recording of the live event. Access expires March 31st, 2021.

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  

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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.

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 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:
    Robert McKee clarifies the lecture by answering questions posed by live webinar attendees.

Bonus Q&A Session

This is a recording of the live event. Access expires March 31st, 2021.

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  

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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.

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 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:
    Robert McKee clarifies the lecture by answering questions posed by live webinar attendees.

Bonus Q&A Session

This is a recording of the live event. Access expires March 31st, 2021.

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  

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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.

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 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:
    Robert McKee clarifies the lecture by answering questions posed by live webinar attendees.

Bonus Q&A Session

This is a recording of the live event. Access expires March 31st.

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

COMEDY Webinar Series

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

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

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McKee's 2020 Comedy Webinar Series

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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.

PART 1

The Genius of Comedy

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

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

PART 2

The Keys to Comedy

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

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

PART 3

The Structure of Comedy

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

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY CRAFT Webinar Series

Begins: September 10, 2020   Ends: September 29, 2020  

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

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McKee's 2020 Story Craft Webinar Series

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The world now consumes films, novels, theatre and television in such quantities and with such ravenous hunger that the story arts have become humanity's prime source of inspiration, as it seeks to order chaos and gain insight into life.

Our appetite for story is a reflection of the profound human need to grasp the patterns of living, not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience.

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 online this fall with three brand new webinars on the story craft.

In this series of three 90-minute lessons (+30 minutes of Q&A), and three exclusive 2-hour follow-up Q&A sessions, Robert McKee delivers 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.

PART 1

The Story Universe

Although the variations of story design are innumerable, they are not without limits. The far corners of the art create a triangle of formal possibilities that maps the universe of stories. Within this triangle is the totality of writers' cosmologies. To understand your place in the universe, you must study the coordinates of this map, and let them guide you to that point you share with other writers of a similar vision.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee teaches the principles that define the overall universe of story, so that you can better understand your place within it. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Triangle of Event Design
  • Open vs. Closed Endings
  • Levels of Conflict
  • The Range of Protagonists
  • The Limits of Fictional Reality
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

PART 2

Story and the Reader / Audience

Marketing may entice an audience into the theater, convince us to pick up a book or tune in to a show, but once the ritual begins, we need compelling reasons to stay involved. A story must capture interest, hold it unswervingly through time, then reward it at climax.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee delivers a masterclass on the principles and techniques needed to hook and hold both sides of human nature — intellect and emotion. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Problem of Interest
  • Empathy vs. Curiosity
  • The Center of Good
  • Mystery, Suspense, Dramatic Irony
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

PART 3

Story as Art

Every word you commit to the page has the potential to resonate with meaningful expressivity. Misused, it can leave audiences underwhelmed or worse, bored. But the master storyteller wields this power deftly and expertly, lifting their tale to its full potential, to become a work of art.

In Part 3 of the series, McKee teaches the difference between decorative images and enhanced expressivity, providing writers with the power to create image systems that will elevate their creative efforts to true works of art. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Writer as Poet
  • Image Systems
  • External Imagery
  • Internal Imagery
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

LOVE STORY Webinar Series

Begins: October 8, 2020   Ends: October 27, 2020  

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

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McKee's 2020 Love Story Webinar Series

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Biology alone can never account for the complex emotional needs, profound desires, and romantic rituals that embrace human beings. 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 with three webinars on the beautiful expression and delightful agony of the Love Story.

In this series of three 90-minute lessons (+30 minutes of Q&A), and three exclusive 2-hour follow-up Q&A sessions, Robert McKee teaches 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.

PART 1

The Nature of Love

Today, the idea of romantic love dominates Western culture. Thanks to technological advancement and shifts in societal attitudes, young lovers have become liberated from parental control. With rises in free love and divorce, parents themselves have turned romantic love into a lifelong pursuit. The 21st Century has been the Age of Romance like no other.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee teaches the history and evolution of love in western cultures. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Life's Most Difficult Problem
  • The History of Love
  • The Psychology of Love
  • The Idealization of Love
  • Romantic Love vs. Human Nature
  • The Three Dimensions of Love
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

PART 2

The Six Subgenres of Love

Every story flows from a tradition of core events, characters, and values delineated by the genre in which it was written. Whether you’re writing a passionate drama or a sex farce, your first task is to identify the subgenre of love stories that will inspire your creativity. The second is to master its possibilities.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee explores the key cast of love stories, the different subgenres, and the countless ways love can be combined with other genres to create an original telling. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Mixing and Merging Genres
  • The Lovers
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

PART 3

The Ten Conventions of Love

Each of us owes an enormous debt to the great story forms. You must not only respect but master your genre and its conventions. If we botch genre by omitting or misusing conventions, the audience knows instantly and badmouths our work. As a writer, the demands of genre expectations should stir the imagination. They do not inhibit creativity, they inspire it. The challenge is to keep convention but avoid cliché. 

In Part 3 of the series, McKee delivers a masterclass on the codes and conventions of this timeless genre. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Ten Conventions of Love
  • 30-minute Q&A Session

Follow-Up Q&A Session

Robert McKee expands on the webinar by answering questions about the lecture content, as well as the craft of writing more broadly.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

CHARACTER Webinar Series

Begins: March 11, 2021   Ends: March 30, 2021  

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

"Everything I learned about human nature I learned from me."
Anton Chekhov

Where do we find our characters? Writers often carry notepads, making observations as they watch life's passing show, but it's a mistake to copy life directly to the page. Deep character is found in another place. The root of all fine character writing 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. We are all human. And so are our characters.

McKee's 2021 CHARACTER Webinar Series

Robert McKee returns this spring with his brand-new Character 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 symbiotic relationship between writer and character, how to create compelling central characters, and how to maximize their potential through the cast around them.

All webinars take place on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).
All Q&A sessions take place the following Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).
Recordings will be sent 24 hours after each live event concludes, and will be available to stream until May 31, 2021.

PART 1

Thursday, March 11: The Writer as Character
Tuesday, March 16: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until May 31, 2021.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee breaks down inspiration, how to approach building your characters, and the traits writers must possess to successfully create them. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Invention vs. Giving Birth
    Where do your characters come from?
  • Outside-In vs. Inside-Out
    How should you approach character creation?
  • Building Character
    Fitting setting to character versus character to setting.
  • 10 Faculties Necessary for Character Creation
    What does every writer need to create characters that work?
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

Thursday, March 18: Creating Your Protagonist
Tuesday, March 23: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until May 31, 2021.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee teaches the traits of a protagonist that works, and the different varieties of main character available to writers. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • 8 Protagonist Qualities
    Elements essential to your central character.
  • 8 Protagonist Varieties
    The different incarnations of protagonists available to writers.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, March 25: Cast Design
Tuesday, March 30: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until May 31, 2021.

In the final part of the series, McKee breaks down the fundamentals of cast design, how to populate your cast, and presents a detailed analysis of the different character roles writers can utilize. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Protagonist's Orbit
    How do other characters interact with your protagonist?
  • Creating Support Roles
    How to approach populating your cast map.
  • 12 Support Roles
    A detailed breakdown of the roles other characters can play in your story.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

2021 Spring Webinar Program

Begins: March 11, 2021   Ends: May 25, 2021  

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

Robert McKee's 2021 Spring Webinar Program begins this March, with the Character Webinar Series. In three dedicated webinars, we'll study the principles involved in successful character creation, the tools you need as a writer to maximize your protagonist, and the secret of cast design. 

In April, McKee's brand new Story Drives Webinar Series delves deep into motivation, desire, and the difference between the inner and outer story. The series concludes with an in-depth study of 3 key scenes from stage, page and screen.  

Finally, in May, we’ll end the spring program with the Thriller Webinar Series. Among the many things we'll explore are the nature of evil, the subgenres of crime, clueing, and the conventions of thriller stories. 

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

 

McKee's 2021 Spring Webinar Program

Character Webinar Series
$197 - Click here for more info

Recordings available until May 31, 2021.

March 11: The Writer as Character
March 16: Follow-Up Q&A Session

March 18: Creating Your Protagonist
March 23: Follow-Up Q&A Session

March 25: Cast Design
March 30: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Story Drives Webinar Series
$197 - Click here for more info

Recordings available until June 30, 2021.

April 8: The Outer Story
April 13: Follow-Up Q&A Session

April 15: The Inner Story
April 20: Follow-Up Q&A Session

April 22: Story In Action: 3 In-Depth Studies
April 27: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Thriller Webinar Series
$197 - Click here for more info

Recordings available until July 31, 2021.

May 6: The Psychology of Crime
May 11: Follow-Up Q&A Session

May 13: Planning the Perfect Thriller
May 18: Follow-Up Q&A Session

May 20: Ten Thriller Conventions
May 25: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Available Spaces: Unlimited

STORY DRIVES Webinar Series

Begins: April 8, 2021   Ends: April 27, 2021  

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

In life, if we feel stifled, the fastest way to get unstuck is to ask: "What do I want?"

What's true of life is true of fiction. A character and their story come to life the moment we glimpse a clear understanding of their motivation, the fuel that drives them towards their desire - not only the conscious, but the unconscious as well. In order to fully master the drive of your outer story, you must understand the power of your inner one.

McKee's 2021 STORY DRIVES Webinar Series

Robert McKee returns online with the second installment of his 2021 Spring Webinar Program, the Story Drives 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 delivers an in-depth study of character desire and motivation, how they should be handled in different genres, and a masterclass on these principles in action.

All webinars take place on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).
All Q&A sessions take place the following Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Recordings will be sent 24 hours after each live event concludes, and will be available to stream until June 30, 2021.

PART 1

Thursday, April 8: The Outer Story
Tuesday, April 13: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until June 30, 2021.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee teaches the relationship between motivation and outward desires, who really decides what happens to your characters, and how the principles are handled in the 10 Outer Genres. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Motivations vs. Desires
    What is pushing or pulling your character?
  • Destiny vs. Fate
    Do characters possess free will?
  • 10 Outer Genres
    An in-depth look at the values, motivations and sources of conflict for each.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

Thursday, April 15: The Inner Story
Tuesday, April 20: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until June 30, 2021.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee teaches the traits of a protagonist that works, and the different varieties of main character available to writers. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Inner Motivations
    Why does your character want what they want?
  • The 3 Dimensions of Conflict
    Maximizing conscious and subconscious desires.
  • 6 Inner Genres
    A detailed exploration of the values, motivations and sources of conflict for each.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, April 22: Story in Action: 3 In-Depth Studies
Tuesday, April 27: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until June 30, 2021.

In the final part of the series, McKee delivers a detailed breakdown of 3 key scenes from stage, page and screen, and their use of the Inner and Outer Story. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Outer Story
    Analysis of Gordie and Ace's showdown in Stephen King's novella, THE BODY.
  • The Inner Story
    Analysis of "Inner White Girl," from the musical A STRANGE LOOP by Michael R. Jackson.
  • The Merged Story
    Analysis of George's telegram, from the climax of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

THRILLER Webinar Series

Begins: May 6, 2021   Ends: May 25, 2021  

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

"This guy's methodical, exacting, and worst of all, patient."
Detective Somerset to Detective Mills, in SEVEN

Every genre imposes conventions on design of story, whether it's a certain character role in a Love Story, a value at stake in a Political Drama, or a specific event in a Crime Story.

In the Crime genre, there must be a crime. Yet, whilst conventional crime stories play upon the audience's fears of lawlessness, violence, and death, the Thriller goes far deeper. It reaches into the audience's subconscious mind to arouse the gripping, irrational fear of a fate worse than death.

The key to this intense terror lies in the writer's mastery of the intricate psychology, and razor-sharp use of the Thriller conventions. The greater the mastery, the greater the thrill.

McKee's 2021 THRILLER Webinar Series

Robert McKee returns online with the final installment of his 2021 Spring Webinar Program, the Thriller 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 nature of evil, how to plan the perfect thriller story, and the conventions you must bend or break in order to create a masterful work.

All webinars take place on Thursdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).
All Q&A sessions take place the following Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada).

Recordings will be sent 24 hours after each live event concludes, and will be available to stream until July 31, 2021.

PART 1

Thursday, May 6: The Psychology of Crime
Tuesday, May 11: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until July 31, 2021.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee outlines the different types of crime stories, the psychological intricacies of the genre, and how to harness the power of conflict between your characters. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • A Brief History of the Crime Genre
    Humanity's relationship with the law.
  • The 14 Modern Subgenres of Crime
    From whose point of view are you telling the story?
  • Antagonist vs. Protagonist
    Which comes first, and why?
  • Creating Power Relationships
    A deeper look at how relationships change between subgenres.
  • The Evolution of the Psycho-Thriller
    The development of the key elements of the subgenre.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

Thursday, May 13: Planning the Perfect Thriller
Tuesday, May 18: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until July 31, 2021.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee teaches how to approach your treatment, how to create and sustain the interest of your audience, and the critical role clues play in writing the perfect Thriller. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The 7-Step Process
    From blank page to outlining your crime story.
  • Clueing
    How will your detective/audience solve the crime?
  • 3 Strategies of Interest
    Closed versus Open Thrillers.
  • Psychological Warfare
    Deepening the conflict in your story.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, May 20: Ten Thriller Conventions
Tuesday, May 25: Follow-Up Q&A Session

Recordings will be available until July 31, 2021.

In the final part of the series, McKee teaches the fundamental building blocks of every Thriller story, the different ways you can approach your ending, and how to ensure you actually thrill your audience. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The End of the Line
    Taking your audience to the limit of human experience.
  • Creating the Climax
    Different ways to end your story.
  • The 10 Thriller Conventions
    The building blocks of every Thriller.
  • What Thrills in a Thriller?
    The defining characteristic of the subgenre.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

Save 10%*

Get a package discount when you register for the complete 2021 Spring Webinar Program.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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New York & London

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