Story Seminar

A seminar that will change the way you write.

4 Day Story 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 Seminar.

Day 1

  • The writer and the art of story
  • The decline of story in contemporary film
  • Story design: the meaning of story, the substance of story, the limitations and inspirations of story structure & genre, the debate between character vs story design
  • Premise Idea, Counter Idea, Controlling Idea
  • Story Structure: beat, scene, sequence, act, story
  • Mapping the Story universe: Archplot, Miniplot, Antiplot
  • Shaping the source of story energy and creation

Day 2

  • Putting the elements of story together
  • The principles of character dimension and design
  • The composition of scenes
  • Titles Irony; Melodrama False endings
  • The text: description, dialogue, and poetics
  • The spectrum of story genres

Day 3

  • Act design: the great sweep and body of story
  • The first major story event (the inciting incident)
  • Scene design in Story: turning points, emotional dynamics, setup/payoff, the nature of choice
  • Ordering and linking scenes
  • Exposition: dramatizing your characters, the story setting, creating back story
  • The principles of antagonism
  • Crisis, climax and resolution

Day 4

  • Story adaptations
  • Scene analysis: text and sub-text; design through dialogue versus design through action
  • The writer’s method: working from the inside out; the creative process from inspiration to final draft. How it all works: the principles of the previous 3-1/2 days applied in a 6-hour, scene-by-scene screening and analysis of CASABLANCA
  • The spectrum of story genres

“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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