History is said to be stranger than fiction. In many cases, it's true.
History itself is not bound to the conventions of stories. Thus, it offers opportunities for fresh material, inspiring stories like Les Miserables, Schindler's List, Rurouni Kenshin, Dunkirk, A Man for All Seasons, and Cyrano de Bergerac At the same time, writing historical fiction can be intimidating: there is a degree of historical fidelity that the writer must maintain, while not alienating readers through departures from story conventions.
How to Write Historical Fiction is a crash course that covers how to frame fiction within historical events, as well as dealing with questions on how historically faithful this genre must be.
Note: Participants of this workshop are highly encouraged to bring source material, whether primary or secondary, that they'd like to use as the basis for their story.
Online class duration: 7 daysMinimum age for this workshop: 8 years old(Online students aged 8-12 are required to have a parent or guardian to assist the child in accomplishing coursework.)
Our course creator
How to Write Historical Fiction was created by Filipino playwright and author, Dr. Joem Antonio. He has won eight Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, including second prize for The Last Filipino, a full-length play on Apolinario Mabini, and first prize for The Floret Road, a full-length play on Jose Rizal. He has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from UP Diliman and teaches graduate students of the MA Humanities program at the University of Asia and the Pacific.
What you get with each writing course registration
Lectures and writing exercises that give you a step-by-step method for building stories.
Get feedback from a writing coach within the duration of your course.
Meet the requirements, receive a certificate.
Train to be a writer while experiencing the conditions that most writers work with: specific assignments, lots of reading, even more writing, flexible work hours, and a deadline.
Coursework in each of Storywriting School's online workshops is composed of text lectures and writing exercises, which you will have seven days to finish at your own pace. Our online courses follow the usual workflow of a writer: some reading, lots of writing, and a flexible schedule that ends in a deadline. Finish on time and you get a printable certificate of completion. If you want great value for money, training in the writer's lifestyle, or a workshop that's suited to your schedule and location, this modality is best for you.
Choose a scheduleTake any seven-day online writing course on your preferred schedule.
November 4-10, 2023 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00*
November 18-24, 2023 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00*
*If you are in the Philippines (GMT/UTC+8:00), your course officially starts at 8:00 AM.
Choose a coachYour fee depends on the coach you choose. Please click/tap on the coach's name to view his/her registration page.
Coach Joem Antonio - course creator, creative writer
Coach Esther Suson - professional editor and writing coach
We're still figuring out how to best resume face-to-face classes. Stay tuned!