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

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.


You'll find our course schedule below. Can't make it to any? Fear not! We could notify you about new schedules or you could schedule your own.

Online Courses

We conduct our online classes using Google Classroom, Drive, and other Google services, which students may access through a personal Google Account. 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 a Q&A with Dr. Joem and an optional call with a personal writing coach. 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 >>

April 30-May 6, 2022 (Saturday-Friday)
12:00AM-11:59PM UTC
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Course fee: US$69.99 / €59.99 / PH₱3,500
(Only US$49.99 / €42.99 / PH₱2,500 if paid on or before Apr. 29 UTC)*

*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.