Part of what provides a story its depth and structure is its theme. The theme is the writer's opportunity to explore a topic or an issue alongside their readers and, possibly, get across an insight or statement about the topic. However, the tricky aspect about developing themes in a story is that they can easily feel tacked on, preachy, or distracting from the story's narrative.

Storywriting Basics: Story Themes is a writing course on the principles of finding, developing, and integrating themes in your story without compromising the story's narrative flow. The course will provide you with examples and techniques that will help you to spot potential themes in your work in progress, to flesh out the discourse within your theme, and to blend your discourse seamlessly with your story's narrative.


Minimum age for this workshop: 8 years oldOnline class duration: 7 days

Our teacher

Storywriting Basics: Characterization is taught by Filipino writer, 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 >>

September 4-10, 2021 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT+8

₱3,500 (₱2,500 if paid on or before Sep. 3)*


November 27-December 3, 2021 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT+8

₱3,500 (₱2,500 if paid on or before Nov. 26)*

*Minors, full-time students, employed or licensed teachers, homeschooling parents, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and employees of Canva Philippines 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)*

August 14-September 10, 2021

₱8,800 (must be paid in full by Aug. 13)*

November 6-December 3, 2021

₱8,800 (must be paid in full by Nov. 5)*

*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.