02 Aug

Discover online writing hacks and more at “Wired 2.0: Writing for the Web & Social Media”

Wired 2.0

Did you know from being the world’s most active texters, Filipinos are now the world’s most active and social people online? If you have a smartphone, tablet or a laptop, chances are, you’re almost always connected to the World Wide Web. Using such gadgets affects the way we communicate and send messages, as well as how we write and craft them.

Let Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) guide you how to effectively write for the online audience with its upcoming workshop, Wired 2.0: Writing for the Web & Social Media, on September 19, 2015 (Saturday), 1-6pm at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

If you own a business, manage a brand, or you simply want to capitalize on the power of the Internet and social media, this workshop is for you. WBP Co-Founders, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, will help participants understand the characteristics of the different social media platforms and its nuances, and share their tips on how to craft online content that would reach your target audience.

 

Registration for the workshop is now ongoing and there is a course fee of P1,800. To reserve a slot, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Rappler, and Freelancer.com.

28 Jul

The Professional Writer-Mama: How to get on the pro writing path while raising the kids

The Professional Writer-Mama

Being a work-at-home mama faces a unique set of challenges. Being a writer comes with its set of hurdles as well.

For those who are hands-on parents and also writing from home, the situation is even trickier. You may be an experienced writer or just starting out (or even still considering this career idea), but the complicated set-up remains. For one, when does one find the time to focus and put the words down?

If you feel that it is your calling to become a writer, then it’s time to get your act together.

Do you ditch your chores and your kids and your household management duties? No, you get help.

You attend The Professional Writer-Mama workshop.

Writer’s Block Philippines will arm you with the necessary tools you need to start a professional career in writing—specifically, while raising the kids. The first run of the custom-made The Professional Writer-Mama workshop will be on August 22 (Saturday) 1:30pm-5:30pm at U-View, Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

For this, Writer’s Block founders, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, are collaborating with editor/writer (and mom) Candice Lopez-Quimpo to help attendees chart their writing paths.

This workshop has been especially created to tackle real-life writing dilemmas, while taking the in consideration real-life parenting obligations.

The course outline is designed to work with the realities of working from home, to present productivity solutions, and to identify writing opportunities. We will be focusing on the following topics:

  • The myths and realities of working and writing from home while raising kids
  • Productivity and task management hacks
  • Anatomy of a professional writer-mama
  • Opportunities out there: realistic options for writers
  • How to pitch to potential publications and clients
  • How to be a true Professional Writer-Mama

If you’re a mom who wants to write, but feels overwhelmed or limited by your parenting duties, then do sign up.

Don’t let real life get in the way of becoming a professional writer. You can write while raising the kids, you just need to arm yourself with the best techniques.

PS: Interested dads who write from home are welcome, too.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! For inquiries and reservations, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Rappler, and Freelancer.com.

27 Jul

THE PROFESSIONAL WRITER-MAMA: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

The Professional Writer-Mama

What are the details of the event?

What: The Professional Writer-Mama Workshop

When: August 22, 2015 (Saturday), 1:30 to 5:30PM

Where: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

What is the workshop about?

How does one start a professional career in writing? Specifically, how does one become a professional writer while raising the kids?

This workshop acknowledges that being a mama is hard work, and being a mama who writes for a living is tough for a different set of reasons.

You may feel like you’re born to write, or maybe you are looking for another income stream to help the household finances. You have your ideas, your laptop, and desire to get started.

But real life gets in the way, right?

The Professional Writer-Mama Workshop tackles real-life writing dilemmas, while taking into consideration real-life parenting obligations.

We’ll go through the realities of writing from home, tackle productivity issues (and solutions), and identify the various opportunities available for writers.

We’ll give you honest advice (with some needed tough love) so you can start your path to being a professional writer.

Who can attend the event? 

If you’re a mom who wants to write, but feels overwhelmed or limited by your parenting duties, then do sign up. You may be an experienced writer or just starting out (or even still considering this career idea). The workshop is especially designed to provide the framework of a successful writer’s career, even if you work from home and taking care of the children.

You don’t need to be a full-time work-at-home parent to participate. But know that this is most helpful for moms who write and writers who are moms.

This workshop would especially benefit:

  • Freelance writers
  • Aspiring writers
  • Bloggers
  • Virtual assistants
  • Social media managers
  • Other content creators

Can dads sign up, too?

Well, technically, yes.

If you’re a dad who writes, then there are definitely parallels here. The tactics are not all gender-specific, though the discussion may be.

What is the course outline?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • The myths and realities of working and writing from home while raising kids
  • Productivity and task management hacks
  • Anatomy of a professional writer-mama
  • Opportunities out there: realistic options for writers
  • How to pitch to potential publications and clients
  • How to be a true Professional Writer-Mama

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,500 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

DEAL ALERT! We are giving an early-bird discount to those who will register and settle the workshop fee on or before July 31, 2015! Sign-ups who will pay early will get 20% off the course fee.

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

 NOTE: Registering online does not guarantee you a seat. You’ll only get a confirmed slot once you settle the workshop fee.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account or via Paypal. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI


Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please notify us of your transaction by emailing us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website (writersblockphilippines.com).

 Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants who will pay on the day itself will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It is a collaboration between Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing, and Candice Lopez-Quimpo, a freelance professional with two kids.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Candice Lopez-Quimpo: lifestyle / parenting & home / entrepreneurship & startups

Candice has been working as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Early work were mostly personality profiles and lifestyle features for local glossy magazines, such as Preview, Mega and Metro, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, FHM, and Entrepreneur, as well as the foreign-based publications like Illustrado. The recent years have seen her byline in stellar online publications such as CNN Travel, Rappler.com, and Coconuts Manila. Her last long-term editorial work was to establish, direct, and manage the content production for a startup online entrepreneurial magazine, Homegrown.ph. These days, she is an independent editorial consultant to fledgling brands as well as a freelance copyeditor for websites. She still contributes as a writer to publications, both print and online.

When she is not writing editorially, she is tackling marketing and corporate communications requirements like advertorial copy, AVP scripts, and brochure production.

She is a freelance professional with two kids.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email [email protected] You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

22 Jul

WIRED 2.0: WRITING FOR THE WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

Wired 2.0

What are the details of the workshop?

What:  Wired 2.0 Writing for the Web & Social Media

When: September 19, 2015 (Saturday),
 1PM to 6PM

Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Who should attend this workshop?

If you own a business, manage a brand or personality or are anyone who wants to capitalize on the power of social media, “Wired 2.0: Writing for the Web and Social Media” is for you.

  • Social media manager managing or promoting your company brand.
  • An independent social media manager whose services are contracted by other companies.
  • Someone working in advocacy, development or government who is looking for alternative channels to reach out to target audience.
  • An entrepreneur who wants to tap social media as a cost effective way to communicate her business.

*NOTE: This workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above.

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

NOTE: Registering online does not guarantee you a seat. You’ll only get a confirmed slot once you settle the workshop fee.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account or via Paypal. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI


Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please notify us of your transaction by emailing us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website.

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants who will pay on the day itself will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email [email protected] You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

25 Jun

The Regional Director of Freelancer.com will be our workshop guest speaker!

Evan Tan

Calling all freelance writers! Guess who will be our guest speaker for our upcoming workshop, Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career?

None other than, Evan Tan,  the Regional Director for Southeast Asia of Freelancer.com. It’s the world’s largest freelancing marketplace in terms of users and projects.

As a seasoned communications professional, he has written for and contributed to various publications such as the Manila Times, Philippines Graphic, 2nd Opinion Magazine, e27, and Catalyst Asia. He has been featured in different media locally and regionally, such as Channel News Asia, Bloomberg Malaysia, Star World, Interaksyon, GMA News, and When in Manila, among many others. He is also the Administrative Head of pioneering HIV advocacy organization The Red Whistle. He blogs at his website, Writer in Manila (www.writerinmanila.com).

Discover freelance writing opportunities from him at our upcoming workshop. Register online now! For inquiries, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927.

18 Jun

Upcoming event: “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career”

JYFWC 2015

Freelance used to mean an unsteady and unpredictable life, jumping from one job and hoping for another.

But with the changing business models in media, writing and consultancy, freelancing has become the new industry normal. Media companies are shuttering down and cutting costs by trimming down full-time staff.  Contracting freelance writers is a way for companies to balance the ever-increasing demand for content and maintaining the bottomline.

Being a freelance writer now offers numerous possibilities, including that of being a sustainable fulfilling career.

Just ask Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, two freelance writers who put up Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs.

“When we started, we wanted a place where writers could improve their craft, get started on getting published and learn the ins and outs of freelancing. The most logical way for us to do that was by organizing workshops,” said Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues.

Santos is a regular columnist in Rappler and Working Mom and as the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, her work has been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

Five years and hundreds of workshop participants later, Writer’s Block Philippines has become top of mind in giving aspiring writers practical tips on starting a freelance writing career.

“The ‘Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career’ workshop was our very first offering and it remains to be one of our most popular workshops,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer.

Sarthou-Lainez was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads in 2012. She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile magazine and she also writes for various online and print publications.

The duo both left their respective careers to pursue their passion to become full-time freelance writers and put up Writer’s Block Philippines in 2010.

Santos once held the position of Assistant Vice-President of a financial institution and Sarthou-Lainez was once with a publishing firm.

“Our day jobs were actually crucial in preparing us for the world of freelancing,” said Santos.

“Exactly,” agreed Sarthou-Lainez “Everything we learned about succeeding in freelancing was not taught in school.”

Writer’s Block Philippines will be holding another run of Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career on July 18, 2015, Saturday, at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. The workshop will run from 1pm to 6pm and will cover practical tips on freelancing and how to write a story pitch that will get editors to notice you.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, and Freelancer.com.

17 Jun

JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER (2015): Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

JYFWC 2015

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career

When: July 18, 2015 (Saturday),
 1PM to 6PM

Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Who is this workshop for? How will this workshop benefit me if I am –

An aspiring writer who has not yet been published

“Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career” (JYFWC) has very practical tips on how to get published, finding stories, and living a sustainable life as a creative entrepreneur. It also aims to dispel the myths—and highlight the realities of freelance writing and help the participant start out with the proper mind frame needed to start a career as a writer.

Already working as a freelance or full-time writer

JYFWC is all about creating a career as a writer. If you are already working as a freelance or full-time writer, this workshop can help you learn about the other different writing opportunities that are available, to help diversify your income.

You will also learn how to market and brand yourself as a writer.

Who should attend the event?

You don’t have to be a published writer to join the workshop. As long as you have an interest in pursuing writing as a career—and are 18 years old or above—you can sign up for the event.

This is especially ideal for the following:

  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side
  • retirees who want to pursue writing

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account or via Paypal. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI


Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please notify us of your transaction by emailing us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot. Kindly indicate in the email the participant’s name, email address and mobile number.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website (writersblockphilippines.com).

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants who will pay on the day itself will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email [email protected] You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

20 May

Guess who will be our guest speaker for TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY?

Writer and editor

Erica Paredes, Writer and editor

We’re delighted to share that Erica Paredes will be our guest speaker for TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY happening on May 30, 1-6pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

About Erica Paredes

While in university, Erica originally wanted join the world of advertising until the magazine industry fell on her lap on her last year in school. She started as a contributing writer for Chalk Magazine and the 2bu section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) in 2001, and was offered a job as a Beauty Editor for Pink Magazine before graduating. Since then, she has spent the past 13 years writing furiously about beauty, fashion as an editor for Metro Magazine, and in the last five years also travel and food. A curious adventurer, with a huge appetite and insatiable wanderlust, her itchy feet and constant hunger has brought her to many different corners of the world, both for work and pleasure. 

Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief and Sales and Marketing Director of beauty website Calyxta.com, which she and her team started from scratch. She continues to travel the globe and write about it via PDI and her personal blog fatkitch-skinnykitch.com. Her ideal life would be one that included unlimited plane tickets, free Wi-Fi, and the patience to homeschool her 11-year-old daughter so she can come along and join all the adventures. 

Listen to her tips about travel writing by attending the workshop. For inquiries and reservations, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927.

13 May

“Travel the Write Way”, a workshop for aspiring travel writers

Travel the Write Way poster

Traveling enriches one’s mind and soul. When we set foot on new places and experience new things, we make our lives more meaningful.

Those with the spirit of wanderlust and those who want to immortalize their travel experiences on paper may either create a journal, or better yet, turn those vacations into travel articles. Join the half-day workshop of Writer’s Block Philippines, “Travel the Write Way” happening on May 30, 1:00 to 6:00 PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Aspiring writers, freelancers, and bloggers will go through an introduction to travel writing, learn the anatomy of a travel story, and disover tips and techniques of this style of feature writing.

The Co-Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, will share their secrets of the trade and how they were able to write travel-related features for various print and online publications. While guest speaker, Erica Paredes, a curious adventurer who has over a decade of experience as editor and writer, will reveal her own tips as well. She has been writing about travel and food for the past five years, and continues to travel the globe and write about it for a major newspaper and her personal blog.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! For inquiries and reservations, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Freelancer.com, WheninManila.com, and Dong-A.

27 Apr

“Travel the Write Way”: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

Travel the Write Way 2015

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Travel the Write Way: Turn Your Vacations Into Travel Articles

When: May 30, 2015 (Saturday),
1PM to 6PM

Where: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Who is this workshop for?

The act of traveling is such an enriching activity that it seems only natural to put your experience on paper. But if you want to share your thoughts, experiences, and travel tips to a bigger audience, you should consider turning your vacations into travel articles.

Let our upcoming workshop, “Travel the Write Way”, help you get started in your journey as an aspiring travel writer.

Who should attend the event?

Do you like to travel or write? That’s all that is required for this workshop, apart from the fact that you should be at least 18 years old to attend. We don’t expect you to have previously published works, nor do we expect you to be the next Pico Iyer.

Whether you’re college-age or about to retire, as long as you love to travel and have an interest in writing, you can join the workshop. This is especially ideal for the following:

  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side and turn their vacations into travel articles

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • Introduction to Travel Writing
  • Anatomy of a Travel Feature
  • Travel Writing Tips & Tricks
  • Getting Published

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?
How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form  to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI


Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please email us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in the upper right-hand side of our website.

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email [email protected] You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.

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