Masters of Craft: Robert McKee - Writing Believable, Engaging & Impactful Dialogue Exclusively for Stage 32

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Robert McKee

Webinar hosted by: Robert McKee

About Robert McKee: Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world. The best-selling author of STORY and the recently published DIALOGUE: THE ART OF VERBAL ACTION FOR PAGE, STAGE, AND SCREEN, McKee occupies a unique crossroads in modern media storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen and stage to influence all story forms. Writers, producers, directors, media professionals, and business leaders from the world over read McKee and attend his sold-out international seminars for an exclusive deep dive into the narrative potential of their material.  McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Emmy Award Winners, 1,000 Emmy Award Nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award Winners, 250 WGA Award Nominees, 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners, and 100 DGA Award Nominees. McKee continues to be a project consultant to major film and television production companies such as 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, & MTV. In addition, Pixar, ABC, BBC, Disney, Miramax, PBS, Nickelodeon, Paramount, GLOBOSAT, MNET and other international TV and Film companies regularly send their entire creative and writing staffs to his lectures. Since 1984, more than 100,000 students have taken McKee’s courses in various cities around the world.   Full Bio »

In this exclusive 2 hour Stage 32 online class, here is just some of what you will learn from Robert McKee:

  • Crafting believable and engaging dialogue.
  • Why certain lines resonate and others fall flat
  • Strategies and techniques for writing impactful dialogue
  • The importance of showing vs. telling
  • The three functions of dialogue: exposition, characterization and action.

But that's not all! After Mr. McKee's lecture, Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard "RB" Botto, conducts an interview speaking further about the craft. Then he opened it up to you, the Stage 32 community, to ask questions. Now, no matter where you live in the world, this is an extremely rare opportunity to learn from Mr. McKee online!

***Congratulations to CC Lindh and Heather Faris for winning our drawing for a free ticket to McKee's Story seminar!  


What You'll Learn:

Stage 32 Presents: Masters of Craft featuring Robert McKee - a rare online appearance exclusive to Stage 32!

Since 1984, more than 100,000 students have taken McKee’s courses in various cities around the world and now, exclusively online for Stage 32, Robert McKee will teach you Writing Believable, Engaging & Impactful Dialogue in this 2 hour class!

McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Emmy Award Winners, 1,000 Emmy Award Nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award Winners, 250 WGA Award Nominees, 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners, and 100 DGA Award Nominees.

We are excited to bring in legendary author and story authority, Robert McKee. A script consultant, screenwriter, playwright and author, McKee’s seminars on the art and craft of storytelling have been a must for Oscar and Emmy award winning writers for the last 30 years. His bestselling writer’s guide, STORY, has been a must-read for writers around the globe. His highly anticipated book DIALOGUE: THE ART OF VERBAL ACTION FOR PAGE, STAGE AND SCREEN, is an in-depth analysis of how characters speak on the screen, on the stage and on the page in believable and engaging ways.

Now, in an exclusive online event, McKee will take you through some of the strategies and techniques for writing impactful dialogue, including the three functions of dialogue: exposition, characterization and action. He will also answer your questions. This class will serve as an important guide for all writers committed to the craft looking to sharpen their skills and write lines that will be remembered.

This is your opportunity to learn exclusively online from one of the best masters of craft in the business!


About Your Instructor:

About Robert McKee:

Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world. The best-selling author of STORY and the recently published DIALOGUE: THE ART OF VERBAL ACTION FOR PAGE, STAGE, AND SCREEN, McKee occupies a unique crossroads in modern media storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen and stage to influence all story forms. Writers, producers, directors, media professionals, and business leaders from the world over read McKee and attend his sold-out international seminars for an exclusive deep dive into the narrative potential of their material. 

McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Emmy Award Winners, 1,000 Emmy Award Nominees, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award Winners, 250 WGA Award Nominees, 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners, and 100 DGA Award Nominees.

McKee continues to be a project consultant to major film and television production companies such as 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, & MTV. In addition, Pixar, ABC, BBC, Disney, Miramax, PBS, Nickelodeon, Paramount, GLOBOSAT, MNET and other international TV and Film companies regularly send their entire creative and writing staffs to his lectures.

Since 1984, more than 100,000 students have taken McKee’s courses in various cities around the world.

 


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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

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Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes, you'll receive an email 48 hours after the live session with your purchase.


Testimonials:

Peter Jackson (writer/director THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, THE HOBBIT) has lauded him as “The Guru of Gurus.” For the writers of Pixar (creators of TOY STORY 1, 2, & 3, FINDING NEMO), McKee’s STORY Seminar is a rite of passage.

Emmy Award-Winner Brian Cox also portrayed McKee in the Oscar-nominated film ADAPTATION.

"[Robert McKee] is, as you know if you’ve gone to one of his seminars, an incredible teacher! I went to his Story Seminar in NYC about 10 years ago, and it/he was riveting! Multiple days, long hours in a chair, packed ballroom of a midtown NYC hotel, no visual aids . . . he just stood or sat on a stage with a microphone and pitcher of water and talked. The man is brilliant! Even though I was a professional writer at that point (books, critiques, essays, stints teaching at the college level), I came away tremendously impressed (can you tell? ) and grateful for the knowledge I gained from him. Hopefully, Stage 32 will be able to encourage Mr. McKee to do some more webinars! I’m looking forward to learning from him again next Tuesday!"  ~ Judy N.

ON Dialogue Webinar:

"Just wanted you to know that McKee's webinar was fantastic. One of the best lectures I have heard on the craft. He was brilliant. And irascible." - Anthony R.

"Was a pleasure to hear from him in this setting given it is hard for me to make it out to LA or NY for his Story seminars. Thanks again for a positive experience!" - Adam K.

"Always inspired and impressed by the knowledge and information that comes from a McKee lecture! Bravo for offering a webinar!" - Julie S.

"It put real flesh and blood to all the self-studying I've done over the years that has led to the publications of my stories. It was an honor to meet him live and in action. His closing words were inspirational, and I hope to be able to participate in future Stage 32 webinars of this nature." - Tarra K

"Thank you RB and your awesome teem, and a big thanks to Robert McKee who is truly a Master of the craft! This webinar could be hard one to top in the writers field." - Scott W.

"Beyond all of the valuable distinctions given about the qualities of good dialogue, the thing that stands out most is Mr. McKee's final statements about the courage and commitment required to master the craft of writing." - Chad B.

"Excellent. McKee is one of the best teachers in the world and it's wonderful that Stage 32 was able to schedule him and present him via Webinar. Thank you very much!" - Patrick C.

"It was clear, concise and I learned a lot. Thank you Stage 32 and Robert McKee." - Kathy A.

"Amazing wisdom from a writing giant. Felt he was very giving and thoughtful in his replies which made it a fantastic experience." - Paul B.

"Fantastic webinar - lots of great insights and ideas. Thanks!" - Ron H.

"I will say it again - this was a great webinar. I am more inspired and motivated than ever to increase my skill as a writer and devote more time to doing so." - Christine D.

"Very thoughtful and candid comments from a renowned expert in the field of writing. Very worthwhile." - Mark T.

"Lovely... Thank you for making this experience so easy and so very exciting and interesting and educational... Priceless..." - Betty B.

"This has been one of the most valuable and informative webinars on writing that I have ever attended. Thank you so much Stage 32 for hosting this." - Shail R.

"Great insight and instruction from one of the masters of the storytelling game." - Roderick T.

"It was a wonderful experience to hear from the Master himself!" - Anna H.

"Fantastic... Mr McKee is the guru of storytelling and conveyed usable accessible techniques with ease and confidence. Bravo!" - Linda B.

"Brilliant. Living in NZ means we miss many opportunities to see people such as Robert McKee live. For me this has been a wonderful opportunity and of no end of help." - Wayne R.

"This is the most enriching webinar I have ever been a part of . Watching Robert Mckee speak in real time from Mumbai was one of the most cherished experiences that i will keep visiting through out my life. I thank Stage 32 for this great initiative. It couldn't have been better." - Ranadeep B.

"I am a novelist and have taken Robert McKee's Story seminar and find his approach and information extremely useful and enlightening. The webinar was terrific. I hope he does one on character next! Thank you." - Randie B.

"You just don't get Robert McKee like this for this kind of price. Kudos to Stage 32 and thank you Mr. McKee" - Burton B.

 

 

 

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Great insight on dialogue. Appreciate covering the functions. I liked the Q&A part of the webinar as well.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the insights and wisdom that Robert McKee put forth in this presentation. They will be a valuable asset to any writer. His words actually inspired me to perform a fun and practical experiment - reviewing old comments and blogs, and editing the verbAGE! :) For me, doing deepens learning, and rewires the brain. I was also touched by McKee's said, unsaid and "unsayable" subtext. It spoke volumes about the hard truth every artist must face and overcome. Thank you Robert and RB, this was profoundly useful!
  • I was just amazed. Other than for all the highlights on the dialogue, Robert Mckee gives very important advices for a writer's life. At the end of the webinar I felt warmly understood and brave and I came back to my pc more motivated than ever. Really inspiring webinar.
  • Great information. Stick around for the Q&A in the second half.
  • One of the best investments I've made. To the point, refreshing, and wise. Very good stuff. Worth every penny.
  • I've taken Robert' McKee's Story Structure class in LA and found it invaluable. His insights and direction are clear and concise. This new course on Writing Dialogue helps cut to the chase of how dialogue and subtext drive the narrative. Excellent! I'm ordering the book.
  • Great lecture about dialogue. Thanks or making it accessible. I was not able to attend live.
  • Always wonderful to watch the master teacher of Story.

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