Fiction Writing 101

Fiction Writing 101

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Learning Goals:

  1. Learn how to gather ideas for your story
  2. Create memorable characters
  3. Understand the process of outlining your plot
  4. Practice the art of “Show, Don’t Tell Writing Style”

Target Audience:

The event is highly recommended for adults ages 20 and above who are interested to write a short story. Experience in the story writing process is not required among the participants.

Lessons to be presented are tailor-fit to cater to the needs of aspiring fictionists. Participants who currently work on their stories are encouraged to bring a copy of their Work-In-Progress (WIP) for the writing critiques.

Course Outline:

I. Introduction to Fiction Wring

Define Fiction Writing, the elements that make up a fiction story, and provide a brief background on outlining.

II. How to Generate Your Ideas for Your First Fiction Story

Understand where you can gather ideas for your first story.

  1. Recreating the ending of your favorite story
  2. People watching
  3. Drawing from your experiences, then add some flavors to it
  4. A retelling of your favorite story
  5. Writing prompts

III. How to Create Memorable Characters

Acquire the techniques on how to craft characters that your readers won’t surely forget.

  1. Character Interviews
  2. Naming Characters
  3. Describing Characters

  IV. Introducing the Art of Show, Don’t Tell Writing Style

Understand the importance of showing what’s happening in your story instead of simply saying it to your readers.

  1. Show vs. Telling
  2. Paint A Picture: Using powerful verbs to create an image in the reader’s mind
  3. Ways on how to pump up your Show, Don’t Tell Writing Style


Resource Speaker:



Freelance Writer, Editor, and Research Assistant (December 2016 – Present)

  • Offers writing, and editing services on online platforms
  • Offers writing lessons and tutorials
  • Offers copywriting services (E-book as a lead magnet and Email Marketing)
  • Served a research assistant for MA Students
  • Served as grammar and research consultant for undergraduate and postgraduate students


Senior Content Analyst (Content Editor III)

Reed Elsevier Philippines (10/5/2015 - Present) 

  • Appointed as one of the two Continuous Improvement POCs for the Global Editorial Operations to support the continuous improvement initiatives of the Primary Law Operations.
  • Facilitates the certification process for the new Content Analyst
  • Handles onboarding of the new editors
  • Subject Matter Expert for the Advanced Conversion and Content Enrichment team



  • Third Young Elite Writers' Circle - Poetry Writing Contest (2/9/2019), Polytechnic University of the Philippines 
  • Fiction Writing Seminar (10/11/2018), Makati High School
  • Editor-in-Chief: Writing in Editorial Article and Being an Editor (03/01/2018), Polytechnic University of the Philippines



  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified (August 2018)
  • Third Place - Kwentong Pambata 9th Saranggola Blog Awards (December 2018)
  • Reed Elsevier Leadership Academy (August 2017)



·   Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts in English 



1. What are the payment methods?

You can pay via PayPal through our safe online checkout facility. You can also deposit your payment to our bank account: Bank of the Philippine Islands 2989-0110-33 Account Name: Jonah Marie Chipeco.

2. Do you provide refunds?

Please email us at least five business days before the training date to receive a full refund in case of cancellation.

In case you can't attend the live training, you have an option to send a representative on your behalf or request a copy of the PDF handouts / PowerPoint presentation.

3. Will the training be recorded? May I request a copy of the PowerPoint or video recording?

We will not record the training. 

4. May I ask for an official receipt?

Yes. Please email for your request.

5. What makes this training different from self-paced online courses on websites like Coursera or Udemy?

This is a live virtual class delivered via Zoom where you can ask questions.