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Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting (Hardcover)

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This is the seminal book, not only on screenwriting, but also long form storytelling in any medium and genre. Mckee is famous for his “Story” seminars, three-day workshops he gave all around the world, which formed the backbone for this guide. He manages to boil down all stories into their most basic structures, using classic films and novels to back up his teachings. But in no way is Mckee encouraging formulaic work. His structures do not tell you what to write, or really even how to write, but rather why certain stories succeed and others fail. The work is still up to you, but it’s certainly easier when you understand why you have a dud on your hands! Engaging, at times philosophical, always insightful, if you read any book on writing, make it this one.

— From Lillian


Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

About the Author

Robert McKee teaches his 3Story Structure2 class annually to sold out auditoriums in Los Angeles, New York, London and film capitals throughout the world. A Fulbright Scholar, this award-winning film and television writer has also served as project and talent development consultant to major production companies such as Tri-Star and Golden Harvest Films. He lives in Los Angeles and Cornwall, England.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060391683
ISBN-10: 0060391685
Publisher: It Books
Publication Date: November 25th, 1997
Pages: 480
Language: English