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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. 

Missed the live CHARACTER and STORY DRIVES webinars?

Not to worry! The live events were recorded are now available On Demand for a limited time. Sign up today and catch up at your convenience.

McKee's 2021 Spring Webinar Program

Character Webinar Series
$197 - Click here for more info

Watch On Demand 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

Watch On Demand 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 will be 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  

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.

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 never-before-seen lectures on the inner and outer motivations of character, how they should be handled in different genres, before finishing the series with a in-depth breakdown of two contemporary television series.

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).

Late joining the live STORY DRIVES 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 Story Drives Webinar Series will be accessible until June 30, 2021.

PART 1

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

Watch On Demand until June 30, 2021.

In Part 1 of the series, McKee teaches the differences between motivation and desire and how these are handled in the Inner Genres, before illustrating these principles by breaking down 3 iconic scenes. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Outer Motivations
    What is pushing or pulling your character?
  • Inner Motivations
    Why does your character want what they want?
  • 6 Inner Genres
    An in-depth look at the values, motivations and sources of conflict for the Plots of Character.
  • 3 Case Studies
    A closer look at the use of motivation in 3 key scenes from stage, page and screen.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 2

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

Watch On Demand until June 30, 2021.

In Part 2 of the series, McKee details how the audience perceives story, what moves the Outer Genres, how writers can use backstory and secrets within the telling, and the importance of setups and payoffs in driving your story. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • The Audience's POV
    Story logic, and the role of curiosity, empathy and suspense.
  • Setups and Payoffs
    How should writers best wield these powerful tools?
  • Backstory 
    The use of character history to drive your story.
  • 10 Outer Genres 
    And exploration of the values, motivations and sources of conflict for the Plots of Fortune.
  • Secrets 
    Using hidden information to create turning points.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

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

Watch On Demand until June 30, 2021.

In the final part of the series, McKee delivers an in-depth breakdown of story drives in two recent, binge-worthy television series (one comedy and one drama). Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Key Scenes
    Breaking down the beats, turning points, text and subtext of two key scenes from each series.
  • Dimensions
    An analysis of the character dimensions, and how they are expressed. 
  • Hooks
    How each show keeps the attention of the audience, episode by episode.
  • Cast Maps
    A look at the protagonist, and the surrounding characters from first to third circle.
  • 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 a thrilling tale lies in the writer's mastery of the intricate psychology of both victim and villain, and the razor-sharp use of the genre's 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).

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 Thriller Webinar Series will be accessible 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 subgenres of crime stories, the evolution of the Thriller, and how to create and sustain the interest of your audience. 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?
  • The Evolution of the Psycho-Thriller
    The development of the key elements of the subgenre.
  • 3 Strategies of Interest
    Closed versus Open Thrillers.
  • 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 harness the power of conflict between your characters, how to approach your treatment, and the critical role clues play in writing the perfect Thriller. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Antagonist vs. Protagonist
    Which comes first, and why?
  • The 9-Step Process
    From blank page to outlining your crime story.
  • Clueing
    How will your detective/audience solve the crime?
  • Psychological Warfare
    Deepening the conflict in your story.
  • 30-minute Q&A
    Clarify your understanding of the lecture content.

PART 3

Thursday, May 20: Twelve 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 12 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

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.

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).

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

Save 10%*

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.

(928) 204-2323

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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.