A Conversation with Robert McKee

Interviewed by Mark Matousek
October, 2013

In the film business, Robert McKee, is Mr. Story.  A Fulbright scholar, McKee the most sought after screenwriting lecturer around the globe, having dedicated the last 30 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally. Since 1984, more than 100,000 students have taken McKee’s Story course like a rite of passage to artistic excellence in an overcrowded field of would-be contenders. Peter Jackson (writer/director THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, THE HOBBIT) has lauded him as “The Guru of Gurus.” Here, McKee talks to Mark about how stories have enabled our species to survive, how and why narratives work, and why we need to promote enlightening story telling if our civilization is to survive.

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About Mark Matousek:
Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story and The Boy He Left Behind: A Man’s Search For His Lost Father, as well as When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living and Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life.  A featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and The Huffington Post, he has contributed to numerous publications including The New YorkerO: The Oprah MagazineThe New York Times MagazineHarper’s BazaarYoga JournalThe Chicago TribuneDetailsAARP,Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, and The Saturday Evening Post.  A popular lecturer, mentor, and teacher, he is on the faculty of The Omega Institute, The New York Open Center, and other institutions, as well as offering private workshops and classes internationally.  He is the Creative Director of V-Men, an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls, and the founder of Mark Matousek Media, a digital publishing company whose products and editorial services  focus on transformational writing, self-inquiry, and creativity.  His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends