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. Those who submit all required writing exercises will receive a digital certificate. 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)*

*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 the Storywriting Basics Bootcamp.

You may enroll in it as a standalone course, but you may also take it as part of an intensive 42-day program.

Are you ready for an intense, six-week online writing program?

The Storywriting Basics Bootcamp is a six-week online bootcamp where you'll learn how to design a story, narrate it well, and develop your characters while moving the story forward. Its lessons apply to whatever form, medium, or genre you choose.

Individual courses

The Storywriting Basics Bootcamp is comprised of three consecutive online courses. If you'd like to know more about them, please click/tap on the course titles below.

Note: You may register for any of these courses individually if you prefer not to take them in bootcamp mode. Bootcamp mode is more strict and will have less hand-holding from our coaches.

What are the differences between a regular student and a bootcamper?

  1. The bootcamp fee must be fully paid before the first day of the first course in the bootcamp.

  2. A bootcamp registration is for a specific student. No substitutions allowed.

  3. The bootcamp fee is a payment for the specific dates included in the bootcamp. Students enrolled in a bootcamp ("bootcampers") WILL NOT be allowed to transfer to later schedules.

  4. Bootcampers must finish all requirements within the published duration of each course to qualify for its certificate. They will not be entitled to grace periods that Storywriting School gives to those who are enrolled to individual courses.

  5. Bootcampers will only be entitled to two (2) coaching video calls throughout the duration of the Storywriting Basics Bootcamp, instead of one per course for those who are not enrolled to individual courses.

Storwriting Basics Bootcamp Schedules

November 7-December 11, 2020 (Saturday-Friday)

  • November 7-20, 2020 - Storywriting Basics: Story Design

  • November 21-December 4, 2020 - Storywriting Basics: Storytelling

  • December 5-11, 2020 - Storywriting Basics: Characterization

Bootcamp fee: ₱10,000 (must be paid on or before Nov. 6)*

*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.