Genres Seminar

A seminar that will change the way you write.

4 Day Genres Seminar by
Robert McKee.

This is a rare opportunity to meet one of the world’s top scholars & the man behind countless Academy award, Emmy award, Writers Guild of America & the Directors Guild of America nominees!


Ideal for Screenwriters, TV Writers, Novelists, Playwrights, Filmmakers, Directors, Producers, Documentary Makers, Actors and more!

“It’s four full days over a single weekend, and no one feels cheated when he’s done. I wish he had been around when I started writing CUT TO for a living.”


– William Goldman
Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter

Robert McKee’s Story Business Seminar.

Day 1


  • A brief history of the Crime Genre
  • The 12 subgenres of Crime
  • Seven-step creative process
  • Clueing Interest strategies
  • The psychological Thriller
  • Creating the antagonist Protagonist/antagonist relationship
  • Story structure and sequence
  • Psychological content
  • Going to the end of the line
  • Twelve shades of thriller endings
  • Scene conventions of Crime/Thrillers
  • What thrills in the Thriller?
  • Screening analysis of SEVEN

Day 2


  • The Love of Comedy
  • The comic vision of life
  • Comic structure vs. dramatic structure
  • The comic character
  • Comic turning point
  • The Comedy genre – three grand conventions
  • The Comedy subgenres
  • Mixed genres
  • What is laughter?
  • Structure of a joke
  • The substance of jokes Comic timing Comic devices
  • Screening analysis of A FISH CALLED WANDA

Day 3

Love Story

  • Introduction
  • The history of Love
  • The nature of Love
  • The six subgenres
  • The cast
  • Ten Love Story conventions
  • The celling
  • Screening analysis of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

Day 4


  • History of Horror
  • Film Demographics and box office
  • Definition of Horror Horror vs. other genres
  • The pleasures of Horror
  • The dual reality of Horror
  • What is seen – the real and the other
  • Perception Women in Horror
  • The ultimate key to Horror
  • Three basic story patterns
  • The three subgenres
  • The genre’s conventions
  • The twelve possible climaxes
  • Screening analysis of horror film – THE LOVED ONES

“McKee is not only the best teacher of writing I’ve ever had, but the best teacher of anything.”


– Steve Pressfield
Bestselling novelist
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