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.
Minimum age for this workshop: 8 years oldOnline class duration: 7 days
How to Write Historical Fiction is taught 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.
We conduct our online classes using Google Classroom, Drive, Calendar, and Meet. All coursework (text lectures and writing exercises) are available at the start of class and are meant to be accomplished at the student's own pace within the class duration. The class includes one call with a personal writing coach and a Q&A video chat with Dr. Joem, but availing of these is optional. Those who submit all required writing exercises by the deadline will receive a digital certificate. Students aged 8-12 are required to have a parent or guardian to assist going through coursework. More info >>
August 7-13, 2021 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT+8
₱3,500 (₱2,500 if paid on or before Aug. 6)*
October 30-November 5, 2021 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT+8
₱3,500 (₱2,500 if paid on or before Oct. 29)*
*Minors, full-time students, employed or licensed teachers, homeschooling parents, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and employees of Canva Philippines are automatically given a 20% scholarship after presenting documents as proof.