Robert McKee

“Literary talent is not enough. If you cannot tell a story, all those beautiful images and subtleties of dialogue that you spent months and months perfecting waste the paper they’re written on. What we create for the world, what it demands of us, is story. Now and forever.”
Robert McKee

Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought-after screenwriting lecturer around the globe. He has dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers and directors internationally.

Those who have learned from McKee have called him “the Aristotle of our time” because of his insight into the substance, structure, style and principles of the grand art of story.

Peter Jackson (writer/director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit) has lauded him as ‘The guru of gurus.’ For the writers of Pixar (creators of Toy Story 1, 2 & 3 and Finding Nemo), McKee’s STORY Seminar is a rite of passage.

A BAFTA winner and nominee for his popular Channel 4 series Reel Secrets, McKee also wrote and hosted 12 episodes of BBC’s Filmworks series. He was profiled by Bob Simon of 60 Minutes for CBS news, and portrayed by Emmy Award winner Brian Cox in the Oscar-nominated film Adaptation. In 2017, McKee was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual Final Draft Awards.

This year, in recognition of McKee’s lifelong dedication and  invaluable contribution  to writing communities around  the globe, Regent’s University, London have announced the launch of the Robert McKee International Screenwriting Scholarship.


Robert McKee returns to Regent’s University, London to deliver his legendary 3-day STORY Seminar (May 17th-19th) and 1-day deep dive in to what McKee calls ‘The Angry Art’, Comedy Day (May 20th). Don’t miss your chance to create your own cinematic, theatrical or literary masterpiece and join the growing faction of award winning writers.

Take advantage of a lifetime of narrative insight and master the principles of story form with the teacher Hollywood legend Quincy Jones calls “the Aristotle of our time.”

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Year after year, McKee Alumni are recognised as the best artists in the business. With over 65 Oscars, 250 Emmys, 60 DGA and 150 WGA wins between them, the growing collective of successful STORY attendees is becoming a Who’s Who of the filmmaking world.

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


Story is about principles, not rules. This intense 3 day seminar gives you a deep dive into the complexities of classic story design, covering topics such as:

  • Story design: the meaning of story, the substance of story, the limitations and inspirations of story structure & genre
  • Story structure and mapping the story universe
  • The principles of character dimension and design
  • The composition of scenes
  • The text: description, dialogue, and poetics
  • Act design: the body of story
  • 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 days applied in a 6-hour, scene-by-scene screening and analysis of Casablanca.


“It’s an amazingly important course that I’ve gone back to do three times.”
– John Cleese, BAFTA & Emmy Award-Winner: Monty Python, A Fish Called Wanda

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

“Robert McKee is the genuine article. His ‘Story’ is a testimony of craft, compassion and depth.”
– Brian Cox, Emmy Award-Winner: Adaptation, Red Zodiac, The Bourne Identity

“The ultimate master.”

“Robert McKee is a master of the craft and a servant to the art of screenwriting.”
– Russell Brand: Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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