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 daysCafe class duration: 6 hoursMinimum 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. Minors in a Cafe Class are required to have a parent or guardian with them at all times.)

Our teacher

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.

What you get with each writing course registration


Lectures and writing exercises that give you a step-by-step method for building stories.

Certificate (upon accomplishment of requirements)

Meet the requirements, receive a certificate.


Apply what you've learned by submitting your draft or outline to receive written feedback from our consultant panel.


Get exclusive access to community events and perks that we offer in partnership with Story Sandbox.

Online Learning

Take this workshop as a seven-day self-paced course during your preferred Class Week.

Online Asynchronous

The best bang for the buck—our online writing courses contain comprehensive content and more time for completion. 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 the greatest 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.

Note: Because our online courses require time management, we require students aged 8-12 to have a parent or guardian to assist the child in going through coursework. 

Online Class Weeks

Choose a Class Week. Those marked "Group Rate" come at a lower fee!

1st Quarter, 2023

2nd Quarter, 2023


Your registration must be fully paid before the start of your online class.

Standard Rate


Group Rate

Want to get the best price? Join the group booking the Class Weeks below.

February 11-17, 2023 (Saturday-Friday)
12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00 [Convert to your time zone]

May 6-12, 2023 (Saturday-Friday) (Saturday-Friday)
12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00 [Convert to your time zone]

Group Rate: US$70.00/PH₱3,600.00*

*Minors, full-time students, employed or licensed teachers, homeschooling parents, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens are automatically given a 20% scholarship after presenting documents as proof.

Face-to-face Classes

Our face-to-face classes are shorter, but more targeted. Dr. Joem Antonio customizes the group's chosen course to their priorities and objectives. For now, we do not have pre-scheduled classes like we did before the pandemic; however, you may form your own group and choose a course from one of our sixteen writing courses. We do small group classes (1-3 students) called Cafe Classes in our partner venues. We're also open to engagements at other locations.

Available Cafe Class Schedules

The following Cafe Class schedules are in the Philippine Timezone (PHT)

Note: The above schedules include a one-hour lunch break.

Tier 1 Cafe Class Venues

Fee: ₱12,000 (₱2,000 non-refundable fee to reserve a date, ₱10,000 payable at the start of class)

Includes a maximum of ₱2,000 worth of food and drinks from our venue partner, as well as a table for four

We are working to add more venues to our list.

Note: We require minors to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during the Cafe Class. While we don't require that the parent or guardian participate, he/she will occupy a seat as one of the three students. This is because a Cafe Class is confined to a table for four. One seat will be occupied by the instructor, while the remaining three is for the student(s) and companions.

All dates and times follow UTC+0

London: UTC+0 or +1
Manila: UTC+8
New York: UTC-5 or -4