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 oldOnline 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.

Schedule

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, Calendar, 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 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 >>

May 29-June 4, 2021 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT+8

₱3,500 (₱2,500 if paid on or before May 28)*

*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 28-day program.

Are you ready for an intense, month-long, online writing program?

The Storywriting Basics Bootcamp is a four-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 four 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 the day prior to the first day of the first course in the bootcamp.

  2. 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.

  3. Bootcampers will not be entitled to grace periods that Storywriting School gives to those who are enrolled to individual courses.

  4. Bootcampers will only be entitled to two (2) coaching video calls throughout the duration of the bootcamp, instead of one per course for those who are enrolled to individual courses.

Storwriting Basics Bootcamp Schedules

May 15 to June 11, 2021

₱8,800 (must be paid in full by May 14)*

*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.