Nothing engages a reader more than an empathetic character. When the reader is able to place himself in the shoes of someone within the story, he feels the stakes involved and cares for the story's outcome.

But how can a writer avoid the pitfalls of making characters bland, stereotypical, or unrelatable? How does one avoid the trap of writing unnecessarily lengthy character profiles? How can the writer flesh out the character without sacrificing the pace of the story?

Storywriting Basics: Characterization is a six-hour crash course that offers an effective and efficient approach to developing characters. The workshop uses the story design approach to give characters greater depth as the story continues to move forward.

Minimum age for this workshop: 8 years old
Live (face-to-face) class duration: 6 hoursOnline class duration: 7 days

Our teacher

Storywriting Basics: Characterization is taught by Dr. Joem Antonio. A published author and playwright, he holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from UP Diliman and is an eight-time Palanca Award winner. He believes that writing is a skill that can be learned by even those who weren't magically "born with the talent." Through his writing courses and workshops, he teaches writing as a science, leaving students with clear methods that allow them to move their writing projects forward.


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 Classes

We conduct our online classes using Google Classroom, Docs, 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. Students aged 8-12 are required to have a parent or guardian to assist going through coursework. More info >>

December 5-11, 2020 (Saturday-Friday)

₱3,400 (₱2,400 if paid on or before Dec. 4)*

Live (face-to-face) Classes

Note: Live class schedules are subject to government regulations. Should these schedules not push through, paid registrants will be automatically transferred to the corresponding online class.

March 21, 2020 (Saturday), 10:00AM-5:00PM

The Other Room, Malingap St., Teacher's Village, Quezon City

₱3,600 (₱3,000 if paid on or before Mar. 20)*

October 3, 2020 (Saturday), 10:00AM-5:00PM

U-View, Basement, Fully Booked BGC, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

₱3,600 (₱3,000 if paid on or before Oct. 2)*

*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.

This course is part of a bundle!

Take the whole bundle and save.

Storywriting Basics Bundle

March 2020 at The Other Room, Malingap St., Quezon City

  • Storywriting Basics: Story Design [March 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday), 10:00AM-5:00PM]

  • Storywriting Basics: Storytelling [March 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday), 10:00AM-5:00PM]

  • Storywriting Basics: Characterization [March 21 (Saturday), 10:00AM-5:00PM]

Bundle rate: ₱11,000 (Must be paid in full by March 6, 2019)

Terms and conditions:

  1. The bundle rate of ₱11,000 must be paid in full on or before Mar. 6, 2020.

  2. The bundle registration is for only one (1) specific participant. No substitutions allowed.

  3. The bundle package rate is a payment for Storywriting Basics: Story Design, Storywriting Basics: Storytelling, and Storywriting Basics: Characterization in March 2020. Those availing of this package rate WILL NOT be allowed to transfer to later schedules.

  4. The bundle package rate is not valid in conjunction with other discounts and promos.