The McKee-Fields Story Sessions: Part 4 – Storylogue

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In part 4 of the continuing interview series with story-master, Robert McKee, we come full-circle on McKee’s views on the relationship between talent and practice, something that generated a robust conversation in the comments on the last session.

Actually, that comment-conversation is worthy of an entire discourse, so stay tuned for a bigger exploration in an upcoming post.

We then expand the conversation into a range of new areas, including why he decided to take his educational story venture online and where the best storytelling is in America today (you’ll be very surprised to hear this).

You’ll also discover:

  • How he is making a big move online with his new advanced educational training venture, Storylogue
  • How the online format allows him to bring to his students an endless stream of high-level interviews and Q&As, from celebrity actors to best-selling authors and award-winning directors, writers and agents, in a way that’s near impossible to do in any other format.
  • Where he feels the best writing in America is now (it ain’t movies) and why
  • Why the medium doesn’t really matter, but this one “form” does
  • Why 99% of your world is irrelevant to great storytelling
  • And, so much more…

If you’ve missed the earlier sessions, parts 1-3, you can find them here:

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7 responses to “The McKee-Fields Story Sessions: Part 4 – Storylogue”

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  2. Paul Wolfe says:


    A bigger discussion of the whole ‘talent’ issue would be very interesting. And very timely.

    Personally I think McKee has got it wrong with his notion that you are either born talented at something or not. I could note down some of the examples that I’m sure you’ve read from the work of Anders Ericcson et al, but I’ll save that for your post.

    But here’s the thing: What if McKee (and those who are ‘bound’ by The Talent Myth) is wrong? What if, in fact, there’s no such thing as inbuilt talent? What if Talent at something IS something that you can teach people. Without trying to sound naive, if it is true – and I believe it is – think of the effects that could have on people, and their hopes and dreams.

    So I’m looking forward to seeing your bigger post on the topic. Maybe you could have a round table and invite experts from both sides of the fence, so that we get a balanced view?

    Anyway, whenever it happens, I’m looking forward to it.


    • Jonathan Fields says:


      Check out the comments in Part 3, there’s a giant conversation about this very issue that’s still ongoing…

      • Paul Wolfe says:

        Hey Jonathan

        Yep, I’ve seen the comments. Sean (D’Souza) is a mentor of mine, and he told me that he’d ‘ranted’ a little. He knows this is a subject I feel just as strongly about.

        One of the things I do is teach the bass guitar online, and I wrote a book called DELIBERATE PRACTICE which is obviously about using the principles of DP to learn the bass guitar. Though it’s applicable to any instrument. And just about any discipline too, come to think of it.

        And I respect Robert McKee. I used to aspire to be an author back in the day, I think my copy of Story is from the first print run. And I thought then it was a great book – listening to these interviews has made me want to dig it out and check it out again.

        But like Sean I think he’s wrong about Talent and whether it’s natural or can be learned. Or taught even. And although Gladwell’s book and Talent Is Overrated both sold really well, I think the debate about this topic should be much more public.

        So I’m really looking forward to your post on the issue. Or series of posts?

  3. Finally got to listen to this tape, and I loved it so much I had to redo the whole series.

    What an excellent teacher–he offers the content to the students in multiple learning styles.

    The follow-up I would like to see from you, Jonathan, has to do with, “What are the storytelling lessons for writing blogs?” Especially the memoir or life blogs.

    Certainly the content must be more than just “emptying out.” But how would you recommend the “making sense of life” part: Chronological order, Chicken Soup for the Soul type, like a TV series, isolated posts that add to the whole, like a scrapbook, posts pulled together by categories???????

    Robert MdKee and the whole series was fascinating–great job.

  4. Sean D'Souza says:

    By the way, that’s the only thing I disagree with (the “inbuilt talent” thing). I loved the interviews. I’ve bought his book, bought the audio version of the book. So I just want to say I’m pretty darned grateful to have run into these interviews 🙂

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