Robert McKee

World-renowned author and story authority Robert McKee tackles why good writers and powerful stories are more important than ever in his Final Draft Hall of Fame Award acceptance speech. 

(Partial and Edited, delivered February 23, 2017. Prior inductees include Oliver Stone, Aaron Sorkin, Lawrence Kasdan and Sydney Pollack.)

“It seems to me that when things get worse the writing gets better. In this world we live in now, this is the pay off to over 20 years of setups…. 20 years of things getting worse and worse, but the writing has gotten better and better. There’s got to be a relationship between these two things. Breaking Bad was born in the year 2008, the same year of the recession, and it’s about a criminal entrepreneur. . . Every story expresses and bears a meaning. And that meaning is either adding to the quality of civilization or subtracting from it. Nothing is neutral. No story is innocent.

…Story is a meaningful emotional experience… it’s the merging of meaning and emotion into a simultaneity that moves people to their heart and soul when it’s beautiful, when it’s great and it gets people up on their feet thinking “I’ve got to do something with my life.”   

(Please click here to watch McKee’s entire acceptance speech)

For more than 30 years, Robert McKee’s seminars have been the rite of passage for writers. Now is your chance to be there as McKee delivers a true discourse on story form and all dimensions of writing.

McKee says we are in the midst of some of the most demanding, complex storytelling in history, watching human creativity at a density and scale we’ve not seen before. Be there as McKee breaks down the complex multi-plot and character design of Breaking Bad, one of the greatest TV series in history.

Discover what professional writers, producers and directors already know: A McKee Seminar is a necessary tool for your craft.

Join us this fall in London at Regent’s University for the updated 1-day TV SERIES DAY Seminar (May 4) and/or the legendary 3-day McKee STORY Seminar (May 5-7)

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Robert McKee pays a visit to Springfield!

In the upcoming The Caper Chase episode of THE SIMPSONSnot to be outdone by Donald Trump, Mr. Burns opens a for-profit university and enlists the help of Robert McKee, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Suze Orman. (Check local listings for air date and time)

Don’t miss Robert McKee in his most important guest-starring role to date!

McKee alumni include over 60 Academy Award, 200 Emmy Award, 100 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award winners, and 50 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award Winners. Robert McKee’s popular Channel Four series Reel Secrets won a BAFTA for “J’accuse Citizen Kane” and was nominated for “On Ingmar Bergman.”

McKee’s show-running alumni have created, written and/or directed many award-winning series: Westworld, The Knick, The Affair, Downton Abbey, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Vikings, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, The Office, Fawlty Towers and many more.

“Many years ago, a director had a set of cassette tapes . . I listened to your entire program while driving . . . Some years later I was fortunate enough to be able to afford the course in-person. . . which was how to write screenplays. You are the man who, for better or for worse, taught me how to do this thing. I am eternally grateful. I give you full credit for the good ones and I take full responsibility for the bad ones.” –Akiva Goldsman, Oscar-winning Writer and Producer, I Am Legend, A Beautiful Mind, The Client.

“Presented with such urgency and power, Robert McKee teaches us about life, death and the human heart.” –THE INDEPENDENT

“The ultimate master.” –BBC


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