Robert McKee's Story Structure Seminar is an intensive three-day course that concentrates on screen writing. Most of the course is very applicable to comics writing. The course is well worth the cost and comes recommended by many people I know who have been on it.
Most seminars are in the US but
he sometimes teaches overseas. To find out if and when he'll be in your area,
Two Arts Inc
12021 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: (001) 213 312 1002.
McKee's Ten Commandments of Writing
are as follows:
ONE: Thou shalt not take
the crisis/climax out of the protagonists' hands. The anti-deus ex machina commandment. No surprises!
TWO: Thou shalt
not make life easy for the protagonist. Nothing progresses in a story, except
through conflict. And not just physical conflict.
THREE: Thou shalt
not give exposition for strictly exposition's sake. Dramatize it. Convert exposition
to ammunition. Use it to turn the ending of a scene, to further the conflict.
FOUR: Thou shalt
not use false mystery or cheap surprise. Don't conceal anything important that
the protagonist knows. Keep us in step with him/ her.We know what s/he
FIVE: Thou shalt
respect your audience. The anti-hack commandment. Not all readers know
your character. Very important.
SIX: Thou shalt know your
world as God knows this one.The pro- research commandment.
SEVEN: Thou shalt
not complicate when complexity is better. Don't multiply the complications on
one level. Use all three: Intra-Personal, Inter-Personal, Extra-Personal
EIGHT: Thou shalt
seek the end of the line, the negation of the negation, taking characters to
the farthest reaches and depth of conflict imaginable within the story's own
realm of probability.
NINE: Thou shalt
not write on the nose. Put a sub text under every text.
TEN: Thou shalt
• Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee Methuen Publishing Ltd ISBN 0413715604
"Story" deciphers the guiding structural principles that animate every
classical and award-winning film, ranging from Citizen Kane through to
modern acclaimed works like The English Patient.