Conquer Writer's Block: Storywriting Courses for July 2016

Bring your story from idea to words, no matter what medium, literary form, or genre you choose. After a successful run in the first quarter of 2016, we're offering the set of courses that will help you build a story from scratch. You may take these individually or as a whole set.
 

July 2, 2016 (Sat) at 9:00AM-12:00PM
Writer’s block is a symptom of a deeper problem. Learn how to spot the cause of writer's block and how to get unstuck.
P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Jul. 2)

Inspire me a Story
July 2, 2016 (Sat) at 1:00-4:00PM
Still waiting for inspiration to strike? Get the tools and exercises that will allow you to discover or make inspiration on the fly.
P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Jul. 2)

Storywriting Series 1: Story Design
July 16 and 17, 2016 (Sat-Sun) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
Bring that story concept to life! Learn how to create characters, set up a plot, make events vivid in the minds of your readers, and rewrite for polish.
P5,500 (P4,500 if registered and paid before Jul. 16)

Storywriting Series 2: Storytelling
July 23 and 24, 2016 (Sat-Sun) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
Keep your audience at the edge of their seats. Learn about the basic human reactions and how to lead your readers’ emotions, at the right pace!
P5,500 (P4,500 if registered and paid before Jul. 23)



The above courses will be taught by six-time Palanca Awardee, Dr. Joem Antonio and held at Goldland Millenia Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


We're also giving a package rate if you register for all four courses. Ask us about it! Email us at info at storywritingschool.com or send us a private message through our Facebook page.

The world is waiting to read your story. WRITE NOW!

The Point of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Imagined worlds dominate popular stories these days. Middle Earth, the Galactic Empire, Gotham City…books and movies about these are good business in the 21st century.

Dr. Joem Antonio, founder and teacher at Storywriting School, explains that the worlds depicted by science fiction and fantasy involve “technologies, systems, creatures, locations, that are beyond what we experience in everyday life, or even history.” They’re so out-of-this-world that The Guardian extends its empathy to sci-fi/fantasy fans, who aren’t viewed so favorably by many. It says of science fiction geeks: “Even though the genre has produced some of the most forward-thinking, influential and linguistically advanced literature of the past century, most people still regard it as the preserve of lonely men who know a little bit too much about computers and not quite enough about personal hygiene.” But fans of the fantasy genre have it even worse, it claims. “They are the zit-ridden little brothers of the SF geeks, whose even-less-healthy obsessions include trolls, giving Anglo-Saxon names to phallic weapons, and maidens with magical powers.”

It’s easy to think that sci-fi and fantasy, two sub-genres of speculative fiction, are all about living in your head. They’re imagined worlds, after all, right? By assuming this, we miss out on speculative fiction’s true value.

Dr. Antonio asserts, “The main point of science fiction and fantasy is to highlight human traits. And that is [where] the fantasy or the science fiction steps in: to put the human being to an extreme. And by putting them to an extreme, human qualities [get] highlighted.”

Dr. Joem Antonio teaches storywriting at Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street

To say that sci-fi and fantasy stories are “escapist” needs to be qualified, then. They’re not an escape into imaginary worlds so that you could cease to be in the real one. They’re escapist in the sense that they allow us to momentarily forget about the next appointment, that grocery list, or the pile of laundry in order to go deeper into the reality of being human. And, in so doing, we’d be able to see the greater meaning of that appointment, grocery list, and pile of laundry.

Dr. Antonio, who holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from UP Diliman and is a six-time Palanca Awardee, teaches a course called How to Write Sci-fi/Fantasy Stories. It’s a three-hour crash course that guides students into building a basic story design for these genres. He notes, “keep in mind that you can fake practically anything, but you have to keep your human characters or your anthropomorphic characters still close to being humanlike.”

Dr. Antonio offers this course and more through Storywriting School, a learning community of teachers and students of storywriting. Visit www.storywritingschool.com for more information.

Free learning videos in our Facebook group


Apart from our writing courses and workshops, we have free learning videos in our Facebook group to help your writing move forward. Join the group to get access to these videos:

Experience, Observation, and Imagination

Tips on getting writing done despite a busy schedule

Get a simple story written through this short exercise


We'll upload more videos soon, so join our group to get updated!

Storywriting Series for Summer 2016



By popular demand, we're offering our two Storywriting Series courses this summer. Please click on the course titles for a description of each course.

Storywriting Series 1: Story Design
April 9 and 10, 2016 (Sat) at 10:00AM-5:00PM

Storywriting Series 2: Storytelling
May 7 and 8, 2016 (Sat) at 10:00AM-5:00PM

These two courses are at P4,500 each if you pre-register and pay before the course dates. But if you sign up and pay for both courses before April 9, you're eligible for a package rate of P8,200. We also offer an additional 20% scholarship for minors, full-time students, employed teachers, and senior citizens. Each class is limited to eight students maximum, so if you're interested, please register ASAP.

In case you missed our previous post, we have three other courses this summer:

How to Write Love Stories
April 2, 2016 (Sat) at 10:00AM-5:00PM

How to Create your Own Children's Storybook (three-hour crash course)
Children's Storybook Series (12-hour full course)

April 16, 2016 (Sat) at 9:00AM-12:00PM / April 16 and 17, 2016 (Sat) at 9:00AM-4:00PM

How to Write Sci-fi/Fantasy Stories
April 30, 2016 (Sat) at 2:00-5:00PM


All courses will be taught by Joem Antonio, Ph.D. in Creative writing and a six-time Palanca Awardee, and will be held at Goldland Millenia Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

See you in class! WRITE NOW!

Writing workshops and courses in April 2016: love stories, children's stories, and sci-fi/fantasy



We had a good run for our first set of storywriting courses this year. A big thank you to all our students! We enjoyed hearing your stories. A special shoutout to Maryowni, Bien, and Emman who took the entire set and finished their chosen story, from premise to basic editing, in 30 hours of intense training.

While that set covered general storywriting principles, our courses in April are specific to either a genre or literary form. Each of these will introduce you to some storywriting principles as well but will only focus on the ones that are applicable to the topic at hand. Below is the list of courses. For more info and to register, please click on the appropriate course title.




How to Write Love Stories
April 2, 2016 (Sat) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
How do two people fall in love? When can we say that someone actually is in love? Heck, what really is love? Going beyond the classic love story formula, we’ll look into the core of romantic relationships, extracting the principles that’ll have audiences rooting for your characters.
P2,900 (P2,400 if registered and paid before Apr. 2)

How to Create your Own Children's Storybook (three-hour crash course)
Children's Storybook Series (12-hour full course)

April 16, 2016 (Sat) at 9:00AM-12:00PM / April 16 and 17, 2016 (Sat) at 9:00AM-4:00PM
Create your own 32-page picture book which you could print or convert into PDF. Not a writer or an artist? Fear not! You’ll be given basic know-how, which makes the course perfect for parents, teachers, and anyone who loves kids!
Crash course: P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Apr. 16)
Full course: P5,500 (P4,500 if registered and paid before Apr. 16)


How to Write Sci-fi/Fantasy Stories
April 30, 2016 (Sat) at 2:00-5:00PM
How do you create your own imagined world with its own creatures, rules, and mythos? How could you introduce that world to your audience? How do you build a story within that new world? By the end of this three-hour crash course, you'd be able to build your own sci-fi or fantasy story that's not just about dragons, vampires, dark forests or magic, but about letting humanity take center stage.
P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Apr. 30)



The above courses will be taught by six-time Palanca Awardee, Dr. Joem Antonio and held at Goldland Millenia Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The world is waiting to read your story. WRITE NOW!

2016 Writing Workshops and Courses at Fully Booked



Ah, how we love sauntering 'round Fully Booked at Bonifacio High Street, that palacial mind haven which stands as a beacon of intellectual upliftment amidst today's harried contemporary life.

Srsly, it's a cool place for geeks to hang out in. So cool that we've been hanging out at Fully Booked for seven years now. In 2009, Joem Antonio, then a humble university instructor, together with his friends at Sining Bodega, taught the first Inkblot: the Essentials of Writing Fiction at The Forum on the fourth floor of Fully Booked. Today, he has a PhD in Creative Writing and six Palanca Awards, Inkblot is now Storywriting Series 1: Story Design, and a learning community called Storywriting School now offers 10 writing courses designed by him.

We wouldn't have been able to stick around if not for the support of the great people at Fully Booked. Through their help, we've taught storywriting to many aspiring writers at relatively low fees, and at a place where aspiring writers really feel at home. We hope they never tire of having us!

This year, we're holding our courses in two sets: the genre-specific courses in June and July, and a storywriting methods set in September and October. Click on the course titles below to find out more about or to register for each course.




How to Create your Own Children's Storybook
June 11, 2016 (Sat) at 2:00-5:00PM
Create your own 32-page picture book which you could print or convert into PDF. Not a writer or an artist? Fear not! You’ll be given basic know-how, which makes the course perfect for parents, teachers, and anyone who loves kids!
P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Jun. 11)

How to Write Love Stories
June 25, 2016 (Sat) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
How do two people fall in love? When can we say that someone actually is in love? Heck, what really is love? Going beyond the classic love story formula, we’ll look into the core of romantic relationships, extracting the principles that’ll have audiences rooting for your characters.
P2,900 (P2,400 if registered and paid before Jun. 25)

How to Write Sci-fi/Fantasy Stories
July 30, 2016 (Sat) at 2:00-5:00PM
How do you create your own imagined world with its own creatures, rules, and mythos? How could you introduce that world to your audience? How do you build a story within that new world? By the end of this three-hour crash course, you'd be able to build your own sci-fi or fantasy story that's not just about dragons, vampires, dark forests or magic, but about letting humanity take center stage.
P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Jun. 30)




Storywriting Series 1: Story Design
September 24 and October 1, 2016 (Sat) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
Bring that story concept to life! Learn how to create characters, set up a plot, make events vivid in the minds of your readers, and rewrite for polish.
P5,500 (P4,500 if registered and paid before Sep. 24)

Inspire me a Story
October 8, 2016 (Sat) at 9:00AM-12:00PM
Still waiting for inspiration to strike? Get the tools and exercises that will allow you to discover or make inspiration on the fly.
P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Oct. 8)

Destroy that Writer's Block
October 8, 2016 (Sat) at 2:00-5:00PM
Writer’s block is a symptom of a deeper problem. Learn how to spot the cause of writer's block and how to get unstuck.
P1,550 (P1,250 if registered and paid before Oct. 8)

Storywriting Series 2: Storytelling
October 15 and 29, 2016 (Sat) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
Keep your audience at the edge of their seats. Learn about the basic human reactions and how to lead your readers’ emotions, at the right pace!
P5,500 (P4,500 if registered and paid before Oct. 15)


Got questions? Email us at info at storywritingschool.com or send us a private message through our Facebook page.

Your story's itching to get out. WRITE NOW!

Four storywriting courses at the start of 2016



So... have you finished writing that story yet? We've come up with a set of four courses that will help you craft a story from idea to words, no matter what medium, literary form, or genre you choose. Here's a quick list of those courses. If you'd like more detailed course descriptions, simply click on the course titles.

Inspire me a Story
February 25, 2016 (Thu) at 9:00AM-12:00PM
Still waiting for inspiration to strike? Get the tools and exercises that will allow you to discover or make inspiration on the fly.
P1,300 (P1,000 if registered and paid before Feb. 25)

Destroy that Writer's Block
February 25, 2016 (Thu) at 1:00-4:00PM
Writer’s block is a symptom of a deeper problem. Learn how to spot the cause of writer's block and how to get unstuck.
P1,300 (P1,000 if registered and paid before Feb. 25)

Storywriting Series 1: Story Design
February 27 and 28, 2016 (Sat-Sun) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
Bring that story concept to life! Learn how to create characters, set up a plot, make events vivid in the minds of your readers, and rewrite for polish.
P5,000 (P4,000 if registered and paid before Feb. 27)

Storywriting Series 2: Storytelling
March 5 and 6, 2016 (Sat-Sun) at 10:00AM-5:00PM
Keep your audience at the edge of their seats. Learn about the basic human reactions and how to lead your readers’ emotions, at the right pace!
P5,000 (P4,000 if registered and paid before Mar. 5)

The above courses will be taught by six-time Palanca Awardee, Dr. Joem Antonio and held at Goldland Millenia Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

To help you hit the ground running this 2016, we've lowered our fees for this set of courses. We're also giving a package rate if you register for all four courses. Ask us about it! Email us at info at storywritingschool.com or send us a private message through our Facebook page.

We're waiting to read your story. WRITE NOW!