FAQs — The Basics of Business Writing

The Basics of Business Writing workshop (September 2016)

What are the details of the event?

What: The Basics of Business Writing

When: September 17, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM

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

 

What is the workshop about?

Much of day to day business communication is written in emails, in reports and memos. Today’s globalized business world demands that employees and managers write in a clear and succinct manner.

Effective business writing that is brief, concise and grammatically correct is a trademark of a company’s professional image and avoids misunderstandings that can impact business revenue.

This practical workshop serves as an introduction to the basics of writing for business It will cover strategies for writing emails and reports quickly, correctly and professionally.

We will talk about how developing a writing strategy can make your corporate text more targeted, persuasive and effective.

The workshop will include discussions, writing exercises and grammar drills to give you a comprehensive brush-up on corporate writing.

 

Who can attend the event?

If you’re a professional corporate communicator, a business owner/entrepreneur, then “The Basics of Business Writing” is for you.

  • Those working in the field of communications and other related fields
  • Anyone whose job relies heavily on communicating business strategies and directions by writing emails and/or
  • Freelance writers, creative entrepreneurs and other business owners who use communication to build their brand and promote their company
  • Anyone who wants to write better

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

 

What is the course outline?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  1. The Basics of Business Communications
  • Whether you are writing an email or a report, these foundations for writing and editing apply.

 

  1. Introduction to Corporate Communications
  • Writing Effective Reports
  • Writing Persuasive Emails

 

  1. Grammar and Punctuation
  • Brush up on your grammar know-how with these drills

 

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,000 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 (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ccgzOz3XeiQIMGJ07-uIMfJYRCEchZHz33uGWH7MLsw/viewform) to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.  Once you have made a reservation, please settle the payment as soon as possible so we can confirm your slot. Please note that slot confirmation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

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 Creative Enterprises Co.

Account number: Current account 1751-0828-82

 

For check payments, please make sure to deposit the check at least three banking days before the event.

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 bank deposit/funds transfer, please email us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap with your complete name and contact details so we can send you an Acknowledgment Receipt, as well as the workshop reminders. You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website.

 

Is there a deadline for signing up?

The deadline is on September 15, as we need time to prepare the participants’ handouts and certificates. Kindly note it is possible that we will close the registration early 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 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.

In 2014, she was awarded the Persephone Miel Fellowship by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and produced a series of stories about migrant mothers in Paris and Dubai.            Her other Pulitzer Center grants include “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency” and “Au Pairs: The Dirty Work of Cultural Exchange”.   Ana has regular columns in Rappler while some of her full-length features have been published in the Guardian, 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, Philippine Tatler, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online, Rappler, and WayToGo powered by Smile magazine. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

Guest speaker: Carlo Figueroa

Carlo Figueroa has more than fifteen years of dynamic and professional experience as a communications executive, public affairs professional, and a media practitioner, managing organizational relations with the press, government agencies, civil society, and other business stakeholders.

He is an assistant professorial lecturer at the Department of Communication of De La Salle University-Manila, teaching public relations, writing for multimedia, political communication, campaign strategies and issue management.

Prior to joining the academe, he was a journalist having worked for Japanese and Filipino TV broadcast networks. He has also served as corporate communications officer of international organizations based in Manila and as executive director of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines.

He has a master’s degree in public management and a bachelor’s in broadcast communication, both from the University of the Philippines.

 

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.

Discover how you can maximize social media for your business

Wired 2.0

Did you know that the Philippines ranks number eight among the highest number of Facebook users in the world? With around 29 million users in the country, it’s no wonder that even big businesses take their brands to this top social media site as part of their marketing strategies. The question is, are you putting your account to good use?

 

Let Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP), an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs, help inform you about the fundamentals of social media engagement strategies with its upcoming workshop, “Wired 2.0: Social Media Engagement & Planning” happening on August 20, Saturday, 1:00 to 6:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

 

“It covers all of the most important aspects of social media engagement: overview of social media in the Philippines, trends, engagement strategies, and measuring tools,” says Ana P. Santos, WBP Co-Founder and a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. Santos is a regular columnist in Rappler 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.

 

“You shouldn’t miss this event, especially if you’re a social media manager managing or promoting your company brand, or an entrepreneur who wants to tap social media as a cost effective way to communicate your business,” says Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, the other half of WBP and a lifestyle writer who contributes 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. Since then, they have continued to organize writing workshops and other similar events.

 

The workshop features guest speakers who are considered experts in the industry: Jason Cruz, Dante Gagelonia, and Rocel Ann G. Junio. Cruz is the Business Lead Director for Social Products, New Business, and Strategy for MRM/McCann Manila, and is also a lecturer at the IIDM Certified Digital Marketer program. Gagelonia is a communications consultant and project manager who has worked with the Probe Media Foundation, among others. And Junio is a communications consultant and digital strategist with almost 10 years of experience in multimedia publishing, project management, creative direction, and digital marketing.

 

Registration is now ongoing for “Wired 2.0: Social Media Engagement & Planning”. 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 Freelancer.com, Fully Booked, Rappler.com, ClickTheCity.com, Sosro Fruit Tea, and Brownroots Creatives.

FAQS — Wired 2.0: Social Media Engagement and Planning

Wired 2.0
What are the details of the event?
What: Wired 2.0: Social Media Engagement and Planning
When: August 20, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM
Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
What is the workshop about?
This workshop on covers all the important basics of social media engagement: overview of social media in the Philippines, trends, engagement strategies, and measuring tools.
The workshop aims to provide participants with the fundamentals of social media engagement strategies:
1. An understanding of social media use and attitudes in the Philippines
2. Messaging strategies and tools
3. Understand audience perception and behavior
4. The basics of creating effective social media plans, materials and campaigns
Who can attend the event?
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: Social Media Engagement and Planning” is for you.
This workshop is ideal for:
1.) Anyone who manages a brand or a media personality
2.) Entrepreneurs who want to expand their reach through social media platforms
3.) Advocacy groups, non-profit organizations / development organizations and members of government who depend on social media to engage with their various stakeholders
4.) Social media managers–both independent and employed–who oversee on-line communities
*NOTE: This workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above.
What is the course outline?
The workshop will discuss the following topics: 
  • Advocacy Through Social media
  • The Rules of Engagement: Reaching, Influencing and Measuring
  • Social Media Planning and Implementation
How much is the registration fee?
There is a P2,000 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 (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ccgzOz3XeiQIMGJ07-uIMfJYRCEchZHz33uGWH7MLsw/viewform) 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 our website.
Similar to buying tickets for a play or a concert, please note that your seat will only be guaranteed or reserved once payment has been made.
Is there a deadline for signing up?
We will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up — and some workshops tend to fill up quickly so we urge you to pay and reserve your seat as soon as possible. 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 to pursue a career as a 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.
In 2014, she was awarded the Persephone Miel Fellowship by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. and produced a series of stories about migrant mothers in Paris and Dubai called, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?” Her other Pulitzer Center grants include “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency” and “Au Pairs: The Dirty Work of Cultural Exchange”.
Ana has regular columns in Rappler while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post, The Atlantic and The Guardian.
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, Rappler, and WayToGo powered by Smile magazine. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.
WIRED 2.0 will also feature the following guest speakers:
Jason Cruz
Business Lead Director for Social Products, New Business, and Strategy for MRM//McCann Manila, the four-peat Campaign Asia Digital Agency of the Year, and digital arm of McCann Worldgroup Philippines.
Jason is also a lecturer at the IIDM Certified Digital Marketer program. His social media marketing website is listed by Social Media Examiner in the Top 24 Social Media Blogs of 2013, and he has professional publications on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Medium, and LinkedIn. He currently has over a hundred brand involvements in four years with McCann Worldgroup Philippines. He is the first MRM//McCann employee from the Asia-Pacific region to be featured on the Employee Spotlight, found on the company’s global website. His social marketing strategies are experienced in the industry through some of the country’s biggest brands and businesses, and he is a frequent face at industry events as a speaker and thought-leader. Outside of social- and digital marketing, Jason holds a Kettlebell Fitness Trainer – Level 1 (KFT-1) certification, is a trained Emergency Medical Responder, and an adventure hiker.
Rocel Ann Junio
Rocel is a communications consultant and digital strategist with almost 10 years of experience in multimedia publishing, project management, creative direction, and digital marketing. She collaborates with local and international non-profits, government institutions, and entrepreneurs.
Dante Gagelonia
Dante is a communications consultant and project manager with Puzzled Owl, a partnership of like-minded writers and editors. He has worked in the academe, most notably as an English instructor at the University of the Philippines Diliman and as the publications coordinator of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. He has also worked with the Probe Media Foundation as one of the proponents of the Mulat Pinoy-Kabataan News Network social media initiative, and has pursued advocacy work related to population and development. Dante has also been published in Entrepreneur Magazine, GMA News Online, K-Zone, and the Fully Booked Zine. Outside of work, Dante co-produces two of Metro Manila’s regular after-hours events: the pop-culture quiz GeekFight Trivia Night, and the comedic erotica performance Deus Sex Machina.
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.

Learn the building blocks of writing feature articles

Feature Writing 101 (July 2016)

Whether you are an aspiring writer or someone who finally has the time to pursue his passion late in life, you should always find time for higher learning. It’s never too late to learn a new skill, especially writing, which you can hone with regular practice.

Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP), an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs, will have another run of its popular workshop, “Feature Writing 101” on July 16, Saturday, 1:00 to 6:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

“It covers the basics of writing feature pieces fit for general themes. We’ll share our tried-and-tested tips on how to write effective feature articles that you would be proud to sign with your byline,” says Ana P. Santos, WBP Co-Founder and a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. Santos is a regular columnist in Rappler 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.

“Aside from discussing the different kinds of feature stories, we’ll also talk about finding a story angle, and other related topics,” says Sarthou-Lainez, the other half of WBP and a lifestyle writer who contributes 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. Since then, they have continued to organize writing workshops and other similar events.

Myrza Sison, editoral director of Cosmopolitan Philippines, will be the guest speaker at the Feature Writing 101 workshop. Model-turned-fashion editor Sison started Cosmo Philippines in 1997 and launched under successful titles under Summit Publishing like the local edition of Marie Claire.

Registration is now ongoing for “Feature Writing 101”. 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 Freelancer.com, Fully Booked, Rappler.com, ClickTheCity.com, Sosro Fruit Tea, and Brownroots Creatives.

GRID Magazine’s Managing Editor will be out guest speaker at Travel the Write Way

Nina Unlay

We’re stoked to welcome GRID Magazine’s Managing Editor, Nina Unlay, as our guest speaker at the upcoming Travel the Write Way writing workshop!

Resident super multi-tasker and deputy managing editor of GRID Magazine, Nina graduated with a double degree in Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies from Ateneo de Manila University. She has been working and writing for GRID for two years now, and her misadventures include vehicular accidents, jungle training and lots of getting lost.

Travel the Write Way is on June 18 (Saturday), 1pm-6pm at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City. Slots are limited. Please call / text
0917.397.9927 or email [email protected] to sign up.

Travel the Write Way (second run for 2016) FAQs

TTWW

What are the details of the workshop?

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

When: June 18, 2016 (Saturday),
1PM to 6PM

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

Who is this workshop for?

We know summer is over, but we’re pretty sure you have a lot of travel experiences that you want to put on paper. Instead of simply writing in your diary—which has become passé—why not start a blog or aim to write for publications? This way, you would be able to share your thoughts, travel tips, and experiences to a much bigger audience.

Let “Travel the Write Way” help you filter your ideas and so you can compose better travel stories that your readers would appreciate.

As long as you like to travel and/or write, and are at least 18 years old, you may sign up for this travel writing workshop. We don’t expect you to have previously published works, nor do we expect you to be the next Pico Iyer.

This is especially ideal for the following:

  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side
  • anyone who would like to immortalize their travels and adventures

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 P2,000 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 (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/134_JeH3R8mVU4cgSD9NXj7GFfWZrJEynFR2d2ovkfJc/viewform) 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”.

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

 NOTE: Once you’ve settled the fee, please email us your complete name, contact details, and a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap of transaction so we can confirm your slot.

 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.

Also, it’s best to sign up and confirm a slot way before the event so we can prepare your handouts and certificates.

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.

In 2014, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to do a series of stories on migrant mothers entitled, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”. She has just finished reporting for her second Pulitzer Center grant entitled, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

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

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, Rappler and WayToGo. 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 was formerly a Contributing Editor in Smile magazine.

 Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

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

Feature Writing 101 FAQs

Feature Writing 101 workshop

What are the details of the event?

What: Feature Writing 101 Workshop

When: July 16, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM

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

 

What is the workshop about?

Do you want to take your writing skills to the next level and maybe see your name in print? Writing is not just about stringing words together. For those who want to be serious or published writers, you need to arm yourself with the necessary tools to write for any publication.

 

Our Feature Writing 101 workshop covers the basics of writing feature pieces fit for general themes. It will basically focus on the building blocks of effective feature articles that you would be proud to sign with your byline.

 

Who can attend the event?

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, freelancer, someone who works in communications, or someone simply interested in writing better, this serves as a chance to hone your writing techniques and uncover new ones. You don’t have to be a published writer to participate in the event, but you have to be at least 18 years old though.

 

This introduction to feature writing class would especially benefit:

  • aspiring writers
  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • social media / community managers
  • those working in public relations and other related fields
  • those working in the field of communications (i.e. corporate affairs, public information, communication officers)
  • anyone who wants to write better

 

What is the course outline?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • News vs. features
  • Different kinds of feature stories
  • Finding a story angle
  • Putting more oomph in your story
  • Writing hacks
  • Writing the lead of your story

 

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,000 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 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 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.

 

In 2014, she was awarded the Persephone Miel Fellowship by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and produced a series of stories about migrant mothers in Paris and Dubai.   Her other Pulitzer Center grants include “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency” and “Au Pairs: The Dirty Work of Cultural Exchange”.   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, Rappler, and WayToGo powered by Smile magazine. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

 

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.

Pursue your passion and learn how to write for video games

Writing for Games

Some dream of making video games, some simply want to write them. Take that first step and learn how to write for video games with this introductory workshop “Writing for Games” happening on May 21 in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs, is collaborating with the creator of Talecraft and President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment, Inc., Ria Lu, in this specialized workshop.

“We are thrilled to have our first-ever workshop that focuses on writing for video games,” says 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.

“Aspiring game writers, game designers, and hobbyists now have a space where they can learn how to write for video games,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer who was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads in 2012. She is a full-time freelance writer who contributes 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.

According to Lu who manages the development company responsible for some of the award-winning Advergames in the country, “Story and characters are what gets people thinking about your game way after they’ve finished playing. Good storytelling is very important when it comes to games.”

Registration is now open for “Writing for Games” happening on May 21, 2016, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Participants should be at least 18 years old. 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 Freelancer.com, Fully Booked, Rappler.com, ClickTheCity.com, WhenInManila.com, and Sosro Fruit Tea.

WRITING FOR GAMES (FAQS)

Writing for Games

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Writing for Games

When: May 21, 2016 (Saturday),
1PM to 5PM

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

Who is this workshop for?

Some dream of making video games, some simply want to write them. Take that first step and learn how to write for video games with this introductory workshop “Writing for Games” happening on May 21, 2016, 1-5pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Writer’s Block Philippines is collaborating with Talecraft creator, Ria Lu, in this specialized workshop.

This is especially ideal for the following:

  • aspiring game writers
  • game designers
  • freelance writers
  • hobbyists

Participants should be at least 18 years old.

What is Talecraft?

Talecraft is a story-creation card game designed to help writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. There are three types of cards in Talecraft: the Genre cards, the Archetype cards, and the Key cards. Players need to pick cards from each type and create a story based on what they’ve picked. For more information about the game, please visit http://talecraft.komikasi.com.

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • Narrative in Different Media
  • Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing for Games
  • A Study on Different Successful Stories in Games
  • Creating Characters in Games
  • Narrative and Game Progression
  • Endings

 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”.

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

 NOTE: Once you’ve settled the fee, please email us your complete name, contact details, and a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap of transaction so we can confirm your slot.

 Is there a deadline for signing up?

We will close the registration on May 20 or once all the slots have been filled up, whichever comes first. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Also, it’s best to sign up and confirm a slot way before the event so we can prepare your handouts and certificates.

Who is hosting the event?

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 will host the event.

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.

In 2014, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to do a series of stories on migrant mothers entitled, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”. She has just finished reporting for her second Pulitzer Center grant entitled, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

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

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, Rappler and WayToGo, powered by Smile magazine. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

Ria Lu: Creator of Talecraft

Ria Lu is the President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment, Inc., the development company responsible for some of the award-winning Advergames in the country. Ria graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the De La Salle University, Manila; and has taken up Computer Graphics for Games at the Tokyo Technical College. She is also currently the immediate Past-President of the Soroptimist International Club Parañaque, a socio-civic organization advocating the betterment of the lives of women and girls; and she is also a board member of the Game Developers’ Association of the Philippines. Ria is also the creator of the Talecraft and Flirt card games.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

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

Polish your masterpiece now as 66th Palanca Awards issues last call for entries

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Aspiring Palanca awardees only have until the end of the month to polish their masterpieces as its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., has announced its last call for entries. Contenders are urged to submit before the deadline at midnight of April 30, 2016.

This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for the following categories: Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play (English Division); Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula (Filipino Division); Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano (Regional Languages Division). 

For this year’s Kabataan Division exclusive to young writers under the age of 18, the theme is “How do social media affect the formation of self-identity in the youth?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaapekto ang ‘social media’ sa paghubog ng sariling pagkakakilanlan sa mga kabataan?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

The Novel and Nobela categories are not open this year. Contestants may submit only one entry per category. 

Entries may be submitted at any of the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or through the CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph.

The announcement of winners will be on September 1, 2016.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call (632) 511-0003 or +639253887103. Look for Leslie Layoso.