Storywriting Basics: Story Design (formerly known as Inkblot: the Essentials of Writing Fiction) is a 12-hour writing course on the method of storywriting. It's not your typical writing workshop where participants read out their work to be critiqued. This course will give you a clear method on how to bring a story concept to life; you’ll learn how to create characters, set up a plot, make events vivid in the minds of your readers, and rewrite for polish.

Storywriting Basics: Story Design is made up of four three-hour modules:

  • Accuracy, Concreteness, and Efficiency
  • Prewriting
  • Writing
  • Editing

You'll leave with:

  • guidelines on the basic control of written language;
  • the essentials in preparing to write a story;
  • a method on turning an outline into a story; and
  • a method on improving drafts.

Our teacher

Storywriting Basics: Story Design 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.

February 17 and 24 (Saturdays), 9:00AM-4:00PM

Love Monday Cafe, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

₱5,500 (₱4,500 if paid on or before Feb. 16)*

May 26-27 (Saturday-Sunday), 10:00AM-5:00PM

Collaboration Room, Penbrothers, Legazpi Village, Makati

₱6,000 (₱5,200 if paid on or before May 25)*

July 10, 11, and 12 (Tuesday-Thursday), 10:00AM-3:00PM

2F Sunshine Place, Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City

₱6,000 (₱5,200 if paid on or before July 9)*

August 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday), 9:00AM-4:00PM

Love Monday Cafe, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

₱6,000 (₱5,200 if paid on or before Aug. 10)*

October 20-21 (Saturday-Sunday), 10:00AM-5:00PM

Buku-Buku Kafe, SM Southmall, Las Piñas City

₱6,000 (₱5,200 if paid on or before Oct. 19)*

*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.