I have one dream. And that is to write a book. I particularly would want to be an author of a children’s book. It wouldn’t hurt, too, if I make the illustrations as well. I see no problem, though, if it’s a collaboration between me and any of my sons.
I find this illusion nearing its reality when I heard of a storywriting workshop to be conducted by Dr. Joem Antonio, a published children’s author and a father of two.
I would want to write a children’s book because I believe there are so many lessons learned to share. Dr. Antonio affirms, saying that “People want to impart a good number of lessons they’ve learned to [those] younger than them.”
To address this, he designed a three-hour crash course called How to Create your Own Children’s Storybook. He has since taught the course at a number of venues, most notably at Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, where many book lovers frequent. Participants of the crash course included parents, teachers, uncles, and aunts. They all share the same aspiration- to make storybooks for the children around them.
Most of these attendees had no experience in creative writing or visual art. But they all loved kids, and that was enough to motivate them to learn storywriting and illustration for children. They learned the methods and tools that would help them create a 32-page children’s storybook.
The how to write, I guess, can be taught. But I doubt myself if I could make a decent drawing. Dr. Antonio says he’s no good at it, either. He may have a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and six Palanca Awards, but he claims that his hand always betrays him. Things changed, though, when he learned how to draw on the computer using a commonly-available program. “[The tools] you need to create your own children’s storybook are most likely in your computer already,” he notes.
Past students of the course have asked for more in-depth training, so Dr. Antonio designed three more modules on children’s storywriting, illustration, and book layout in greater detail. Together with the crash course, the four modules form the Children’s Storybook Series, with 12 hours of training in total.
He offers these courses and more through Storywriting School, a learning community of teachers and students of storywriting. For more details, you may visit www.storywritingschool.com.
So you want to be an author of your own storybook for children, please find schedule and place of workshop here. As for me, I will surely find time for this.
Better reserve a seat now.