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.
What you get with each online writing course registration
Join the Class Weeks below and get a discounted rate!
You'll do the coursework at your own pace, but as with most writing projects, you'll have a deadline.
The moment you join the class in Google Classroom, you'll have access to all the coursework (text lectures and writing exercises), which you're meant to go through at your own schedule while aiming to finish within seven days. This mimics the typical working conditions of a writer: you have control over how you get your writing done, but your boss or client will likely have deadlines for you to meet.
Your writing coach will give you feedback.
Your assigned coach will review your writing exercises and comment on your work as needed. Your coach will also offer you one coaching call (video or voice) to discuss your goals and circumstances. This call is the only synchronous event in the online course. If you'd rather not have this coaching call, you may opt out of it.
Meet the deadline, receive a digital certificate.
If you finish all the required exercises on or before the deadline, we'll send you a digital certificate. In case you don't finish by the deadline, you may continue working on the exercises on your own, without receiving feedback from your coach. (Note: We also allow you to pay for additional weeks of coaching and extensions of your deadline, but we'd really rather you finished on time!)
Apply what you've learned by submitting your draft or outline for a story consultation.
After the end of your seven-day online course, you'll have 28 days to submit a draft or outline (maximum 2,500 words) for a complimentary story consultation. We will have 2-3 story consultants comment on your work.
Online Class Schedules
We hold classes for eight weeks each quarter. Choose a Class Week that fits your schedule.
Take this self-paced course during your preferred Class Week.
4th Quarter, 2022
October 15-21, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00
October 22-28, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00
October 29-November 4, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00 [Group Rate!]
November 5-11, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00
November 12-18, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00
November 19-25, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00
November 26-December 2, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00
December 3-9, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00
Your registration must be fully paid before the start of class.
Want to get the best price? Join the group booking the Class Weeks below.
October 29-November 4, 2022 (Saturday-Friday)
12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00 [Convert to your time zone]
Group rate: US$70.00/PH₱3,600.00*