25 Mar

The Professional Writer-Mama Workshop FAQs

The Professional Writer-Mama

What are the details of the event?

What: The Professional Writer Mama Workshop

When: April 30, 2015 (Thursday), 1PM to 5PM

Where: O2 Space Solutions, Unit 330 Mile Long Building, Amorsolo St., Makati City

 

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 the in consideration real-life parenting obligations.

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

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 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?

 

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online 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.

It is in collaboration with a real professional writer mama, Candice Lopez-Quimpo, who has been writing for various titles for more than 15 years now—the last 9 years as a working mom.

 

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.

 

 

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 and Rappler.com. Her last long-term editorial work was to establish the content production for a fledgling online entrepreneurial magazine, Homegrown.ph.

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.

23 Mar

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

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 April 30 (Thursday) 1pm-5pm at O2 Space Solutions, Unit 330 Mile Long Building, Amorsolo St., Makati City.

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 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.

26 Feb

Get a better chance of seeing your byline in print with FEATURE WRITING 101 Workshop

Feature Writing 101

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your byline in a magazine or an online publication, perhaps?

For many aspiring writers, that is the ultimate goal. For the more established writers, seeing their names in print doesn’t get old. There’s a natural high in seeing your byline and immortalizing your words in print.

Writer’s Block Philippines will help you get started by arming you with the necessary tools you need to create feature pieces fit for print. The organization will have another run of one of its bestselling workshops, “Feature Writing 101”, on March 21 (Saturday), 1pm-6pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, freelancer, someone who works in communications, or someone who simply wants to write better, this serves as a chance to hone your writing techniques and uncover new ones.

Founders Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez have been facilitating writing workshops since 2010, and have been helping young writers jumpstart their freelance writing careers.

“It has always been our advocacy to support writers who want to develop their craft ever since we started Writer’s Block Philippines five years ago,” shared Santos, an independent journalist and foreign correspondent who is also the 2014 Persephone Miel fellow by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

“We will discuss the building blocks of feature pieces and even share writing hacks to guide the participants in creating effective feature articles. Aside from the usual lectures, participants will have the opportunity to polish their skills through a writing exercise,” mentioned Sarthou-Lainez, a contributing editor for an in-flight magazine.

Interested participants need not have professional writing experience to join the workshop; just an open mind and a story idea. Freelance writers who want to write for a living, bloggers, and business communicators who look at writing as a hobby, should attend this event.

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, BusinessWorld, ClicktheCity.com, WheninManila.com, and Dong-A.

25 Feb

Feature Writing 101 (2015) – Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

Feature Writing 101

 What are the details of the event?

What: Feature Writing 101 Workshop

When: March 21, 2015 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM

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

What is the workshop about?

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in print—or an online publication perhaps? Or do you simply want to brush up on your writing for the fun of it?

If you finally have time to dedicate to your passion in writing, this workshop will help arm you with the necessary tools to write feature pieces for any magazine or website. It will focus on the building blocks of effective feature pieces 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 necessarily 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)

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 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 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.

24 Feb

The 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards is now accepting entries

Palanca LOGO

Good news to all creative writers out there!

The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. (CPF) is now accepting entries to the 65th season of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards). Established in 1950, the Palanca Awards honors the legacy of businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., a staunch supporter of education and literature. The Palanca Awards aims to develop Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works and by being a treasury of these literary gems.

The contest is open to both aspiring and seasoned writers. The Novel and Nobela categories, both of which are offered only every two years, are open for the 2015 contest year. Only unpublished or unproduced works, (which have not been communicated to the public, subject of a public performance, or published), may be entered in the contest.

The complete list of categories for the 65th Palanca Awards is as follows:

•           Novel and Nobela categories

•           English Division – Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play;

•           Filipino Division – Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tula para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, at Dulang Pampelikula;

•           Regional Languages Division – Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano.

Students less than 18 years of age are also encouraged to participate in the Kabataan Essay and Kabataan Sanaysay categories. This year’s Kabataan Division theme is, “How can Philippine literature cultivate national unity?” for the English category and “Paano mapag-iisa ng ating literatura ang ating bansa?” for the Filipino category.

Interested participants may submit only one entry per category. Contest rules and forms are available at any of the Palanca Foundation offices listed below, or may be downloaded from the official CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph.

Entries may be submitted through any of the following means: (1) through the official CPMA website, (2) by mail, or (3) directly to the Palanca Foundation offices, either 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.

Winners will be awarded at a special ceremony to be held on 1 September 2015. Participants may contact the CPMA Administrator Mrs. Leslie Layoso through the website or at (+632) 511.0003; (+63 910) 887.8552, or (+63 925) 556.0457 for assistance.

19 Feb

Parenting Summit on How to Raise Smarter Kids

Brain Gain

Parenting in today’s age presents challenges that wasn’t present a decade ago: Aside from a highly competitive academic environment and evolving school curriculums, parents have to contend with the pervasive influence of social media and the internet. With all these challenges our children are faced with, how can they cope up, thrive, and excel in today’s dynamic and wired environment?

To address the concerns of parents of millennial children, Our Awesome Kids – a subsidiary of the popular food and travel blog Our Awesome Planet – is organizing an education forum entitled “BRAIN GAIN: How Parents Can Help Raise Smarter Kids! Techniques to Boost Intelligence and Productivity in School and in Life” at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati on February 28 (Saturday) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  This is an ideal education forum for parents who want to help children boost their learning potential, academic performance and overall productivity.

The summit brings together top educational experts in their fields, which include:

Mary Joy Abaquin, who will speak on  ‘How Understanding A Child’s Multiple Intelligences Helps Improve Their Productivity in School.’ She is the founder of the Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS) and holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University (Summa cum laude) and a Certificate in Professional Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Program.

Cherry Pua-Africa, who will talk about ‘Igniting the Fire In Your Child  (Using NLP to Empower Your Child to Achieve His Highest Results)’. Cherry is the founder of the Singapore-based World Stage Superstar program, a successful student franchise that has trained close to 10,000 students, parents & educators in the top local and international schools across the ASEAN region. Cherry has a Masters in Education and is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer from the American Board of NLP.

Goh Choon Kim, who will speak about ‘How Brainfit Fitness Improves Intelligence’ and ‘Improving Focus Among Children In A Highly Wired Environment.’ Goh holds a post-graduate degree in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore and has been actively involved in Singapore Education as a lecturer and consultant, working with schools and parents in the areas of cognitive and socio-emotional development.  Ms Goh’s key interest is in neuroplasticity and the impact it can have on schoolchildren and the way they learn.

Roberta Quiambao who will speak on, ‘New Study Techniques to Improve Grades and Overall Productivity’. Rossanna is the President of the country’s biggest tutorial service and review center – AHEAD Learning Systems, Inc. which has been recognized as the “Most Outstanding Tutorial and Review Center” and “Most Outstanding Learning Center” by three national consumer groups.

Jeanette Yu Co who will talk about ‘The Foundations of a Happy Learner: A Fit Brain + Knowledge’.  Jeanette holds an MA in Education and is President of BrainFit studio, the leading provider of the most up-to-date and neuroscience-based brain fitness training programs in the country that improve both general intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ).

For inquiries and reservations, please contact (+63 915) 932 2330 or (+63 2) 812 0102.  You can also visit www.ourawesomekids.com or email us at [email protected].  Limited slots available.

The Brain Gain is brought you in partnership with Our Awesome Planet, BrainFit Studio, Mommy Mundo,  Writer’s Block Philippines, WhenInManila.com, Rappler, Smart Parenting and the Philippine Star.

11 Feb

Are you wired? Learn how to effectively write for the web & social media

Wired_Writing for the Web & Social Media

Manila, Philippines – In today’s hyper-connected and wired world, the main mode of communication is through a mobile phone, laptop or tablet screen. This impacts not only how we send messages but also how we write and craft them.

Wired: Writing for the Web and Social Media will help you make your way around this wired world so you can better reach out to your target audience, beneficiaries or followers. This workshop will also help you better understand how to capitalize on social media’s ubiquity so you and your brand would stand out.

According to Ana P. Santos, Co-Founder of Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP), “The workshop will guide you through the different types of social media platforms and which to use for what, it will give you the writing tips on how to pen a headline or title that is worth of a retweet, like or regram.”

Workshop details:

Date: February 21, 2015 – Saturday
Time: 1PM – 6PM
Venue: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Registration fee: P1,800

If you own a business, manage a brand or personality or are anyone who wants to capitalize on the power of social media, Wired: Writing for the Web and Social Media is for you. It is ideal for a social media manager managing or promoting your company brand; an independent social media manager whose services is contracted by other companies; someone working in advocacy, development or government who is looking for alternative channels to reach out to target audience; or an entrepreneur who wants to tap social media as a cost effective way to communicate his business.

WBP Co-Founder, Nikka Sarthou-Lainez shares, “Participants will be familiarized with the different social media platforms, how to write effectively for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and how to promote your business or advocacy online.”

Registration for the workshop is now open. Limited seats available. For inquiries, contact 0917.397.9927  or email [email protected]

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Writer’s Block Philippines is dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs. With the philosophy that writing is both art and craft, both creative and methodical, Writer’s Block Philippines offers a space for writers, communications, and creative to learn, connect, and grow.

04 Feb

Sign up now for “Wired: Writing for the Web & Social Media”

Wired: Writing for the Web & Social MediaToday’s hyper-connected and wired world, the main mode of communication is through a mobile phone, laptop or tablet screen.

This impacts not only how we send messages but how we craft them.

Wired: Writing for the Web and Social Media will help you make your way around this wired world so you can better reach out to your target audience, beneficiaries or followers. This workshop will also help you better understand how to capitalize on social media’s ubiquity so you and your brand would stand out.

The workshop will guide you through the different types of social media platforms and which to use for what. It will give you the writing tips on how to pen a headline or title that is worthy of a re-tweet, like or re-gram.

Workshop details:
Date: February 21, 2015 – Saturday
Time: 1PM – 6PM
Registration Fee: P1,800 (one thousand eight hundred pesos only)

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: 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 is contracted by other companies.
· Someone working 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.

What will I learn from Wired: Writing for the Web and Social Media?

1. The different social media platforms
2. How to write for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
3. How to promote your business or advocacy online

Also, guest speaker, Michael Josh Villanueva, a YouTube Content Creator, will talk about the different social media platforms and how to maximize them.

Sign up through our online registration form

For workshop inquiries, email [email protected] or contact 0917.397.9927.

28 Jan

Be inspired by these creative entrepreneurs!

Writer’s Block Philippines’ Founders

Ana P. Santos

Ana _ Profile Pic for HW 2Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. In 2010, she left her position as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution to pursue a career as a writer.

As an independent journalist covering sexual health rights and women in armed conflict, 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 awarded the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. For her multi-media project, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”, Ana wrote a series of stories about migrant mothers in Dubai, UAE and Paris, France

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez

Photo by Ena Terol  aligncenterNikka 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. She is also a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.


Guest Speakers

Anton Diaz

about AntonAnton Diaz worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full time Online Entrepreneur.

He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008.

OurAwesomePlanet.com, which he started in 2005, is the #1 food and travel blog in the Philippines with close to 1,000,000 hits in 1.5 months, 120,000+ followers and 10,200+ readers, and is still growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in teh Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome!

Darlyn Ty

Darlyn TyEight years ago, Darlyn Ty first offered Viviamo Inc.’s first planner product, Belle De Jour Power Planner.

Today, Belle De Jour is more than just a planner but a community aimed to empower women to try, dare, achieve, discover and live their best lives. Through ilovebdj.com, Darlyn is encouraging conversations among girls from topics ranging to make up to fashion to career.

Michael Josh Villanueva

Michael Josh Villanueva is a multimedia journalist, digital strategist and social media evangelist.

He’s spent the last 15-years working in broadcast and online media specializing in content creation, technology, video, social media and mobile.

He served as Rappler’s Director for Special Projects, Editor of the Technology Section and produces and anchors the weekly technology web show TechRap.

Prior to Rappler, he spent a decade with broadcast network GMA 7 as Senior Manager for Digital News Gathering and Social Media.

His current pursuits include producing gadget reviews on the Youtube technology channel Gadget Match.

Mina V. Esguerra

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas, she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

Contact her at [email protected] / @minavesguerra on Twitter.

RJ Ledesma

R.J. LedesmaRJ Ledesma wears a lot of hats. He was the Best Male Emcee of the 2012 Aliw Awards, a professional event and wedding host, host of Best Men on GMA News TV, co-founder and organizer of Mercato Centrale, editor-in-chief of UNO Magazine, lifestyle columnist for the Philippine Star, honorary Vice Consul of Monaco to the Philippines, executive vice president of Ledesco Development Corporation, best selling author of five books, certified Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa instructor, doting father and husband.

A collection of his articles from his Sunday column Pogi From A Parallel Universe for the Philippine Star, all of RJ Ledesma’s books are best sellers, with Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? and It Only Hurts When I Pee making it as finalists in the National Book Awards.

Vince Golangco

Vince Golangco of WhenInManilaVince Golangco graduated from San Diego State University. He is the Founder & Publisher WhenInManila.com, the top online magazine in the Philippines that boasts over 8 million impressions per day.

Vince is also a TV & events host, radio DJ, surfer, skater, blogger, US Military Vet, San Diego State University alumni, AKΨ, JCI, Yes-Man. See his portfolio here VinceGolangco.com/portfolio or connect with him on Twitter/Instagram @VinceGolangco

Writer’s Block Philippines will hold the Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on Jan. 31 at Top Shelf, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, please see our Guide to Frequently Asked Questions.

23 Jan

Join our first ever Creative Entrepreneurship Summit: Where Passion and Profit Meet

Creative Entrepreneurship Summit

There is a common misconception that creative people do not have business sense.

 

The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines disagree.

 

When Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez started Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) in 2010, their main focus was to conduct writing workshops that would help aspiring writers jumpstart their freelance writing career. They also wanted to help create a space where freelance writers could talk shop, build connections and share insights.

 

Five years, dozens of writing workshops, and hundreds of participants later, they continue to do what we love and love what we do.

 

“We have always believed that you can follow your passion, do what you love and make a decent living,” says Ana P. Santos, WBP co-founder.

 

“Looking at the booming creative industry, it seems that others are following their passion as well. We have seen growth in graphic design studios and online brands such as OurAwesomePlanet.com, WhenInManila.com, to name a few,” says Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, also co-founder of WBP.

 

The writing duo has seen this “creative boom” as an impetus to build a community of not just writers but also creative entrepreneurs.

 

“It’s time to turn passion into a sustainable and profitable business,” say the two.

 

They thought of bringing together successful creative entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game and are eager to give participants the needed fist pump to take the first leap (it’s never just a “baby step”) to starting their creative enterprise.

 

Writer’s Block Philippines is hosting the first ever Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on 31 January 2015, Saturday, 1-5pm, at the Top Shelf of Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

 

The event will gather aspiring creative entrepreneurs and creative professionals who believe that one does not have to starve (as in the case of the starving artist stereotype)  to be an artist or work in the creative industry. They may have started their own creative business venture or have been dreaming about doing so, but just don’t know where to start.

 

Guest speakers include Anton Diaz, founder of OurAwesomePlanet.com who has made a career about of being “a foodie”; Darlyn Ty whose need for the perfect planner pushed her to start Belle de Jour Power Planner; Vince Golangco, who started WhenInManila.com and made being a food and travel writer a profession; Mina V. Esguerra, book author and indie publisher; RJ Ledesma who juggles being an author, host and columnist, among others.

 

What:                        Creative Entrepreneurship Summit

by Writer’s Block Philippines

When:                       January 31, 2015, 1-5pm

Where:                      Top Shelf, Fully Booked

Bonifacio Global City

 

Running a creative enterprise can be taught. But to think like a creative entrepreneur, one needs to learn how to create a balance between passion and profit from other creative entrepreneurs.

This event is in partnership with Bio-Oil, Valda Pastilles, BusinessWorld, Rappler, WhenInManila.com, ClicktheCity.com, Dong-A, Fully Booked and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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