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

Palanca LOGO

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.

Explore your child’s creativity with this writing lab for teens

TWS 2016

Manila, Philippines – Instead of letting your teen spend hours playing games in his gadgets, why not let him do something productive this summer season? Just for a day, let your young adult develop his writing skills in a fun way.

Writer’s Block Philippines will be hosting “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens” on April 16, 2016, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Facilitating the workshop will be Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, two freelance writers who put up Writer’s Block Philippines in 2010, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs.

“If you see that your child has an interest in reading or writing, better take that opportunity to help develop his communication skills through this writing workshop where we’ll be sharing tips and techniques on developing your writer’s voice,” says Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. “Start them young!”

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.

“We’ll offer a fun way of learning how to craft stories with the use of Talecraft, a story-creation card game,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer. 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.

Talecraft Founder, Ria Lu, will be there to help the young writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. This workshop is open to ages 13 to 18. Participants will get to bring home their own set of Talecraft cards and story creation notebooks.

Registration is now open for “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens” happening on April 16, 2016, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. 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, and WhenInManila.com.

For media inquiries, please contact 0917.397.9927 or email [email protected].

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

The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens

TWS 2016

Guide to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What are the details of the workshop?

What: The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens
When: April 16, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 5PM
Where: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City

What is the workshop about?

Do you have a teen who loves to read and write? Do you believe he has the potential to become a writer? If you’re looking for a productive activity for your kid this summer season, sign him up for “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens”.

In this half-day workshop, the Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will share different writing techniques and help your child discover his writer’s voice. While Talecraft creator, Ria Lu, will discuss the basics of fiction writing, character design, and story creation.

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.

Who can attend the event?

Ideally, participants should be teenagers between the ages of 13 to 18 years who generally have an interest in writing and want to hone their skills, especially in the following topics: 

  • fiction writing
  • feature writing
  • journaling

How much is the registration fee?

There is a PhP3,000 fee per participant, which covers the course fee, Talecraft cards, and workshop kit. 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?

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

Guest speaker: 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.

Be inspired by our line-up of inspiring speakers at the Creative Entrepreneurs Summit!

Follow your passion and make a sustaining living out of it. That’s what our speakers have in common—they were all able to turn passion into profit.

Niccolo Cosme, conceptual photographer and visual artist will be part of the event and tell us how he made his passion for photography into a successful creative enterprise.

Niccolo Cosme
Niccolo Cosme

Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Co-Founder of CraftMNL, will be part of the event. Craft MNL is a craft studio and shop in Makati that was born out of a growing community of makers and craft entrepreneurs, as well as a passion for sharing the love and value of making.

Marielle Nadal-Reyes
Marielle Nadal-Reyes

Carlos Celdran, a well-known performance artist, will share how passion and profit come together for the performing arts.

Carlos Celdran
Carlos Celdran

Of course, the Co-Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, will also share their stories on how they were able to evolve from being just freelance writers to creative entrepreneurs.

Writer’s Block Philippines is hosting the second Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on March 5, 2016, Saturday ,1-5pm, at Commune Café, Polaris corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati City.

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

FAQs: Travel the Write Way (2016)

Travel the Write Way poster

What are the details of the workshop?

 

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

When: March 12, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM

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

 

Who is this workshop for?

Gone are the days when you write entries for your hardbound travel journal and keep it all to yourself. Nowadays, blogging or writing online is the way to go so you can share your thoughts, tips, and experiences to a bigger audience.

 

It’s simply not enough to put your thoughts on paper or publish it online. If you want to turn your vacations into travel articles, you should learn how to filter your ideas and see what’s worthy of publishing.

 

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

 

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 with words that can recreate memories when read

 

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 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 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.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Making business sense of the creative life

Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

Follow your passion. Do what you love. Make a decent living. Does anyone really get to do all three? Often we are made to believe that the best you can do is get one out of three.

Writers Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez would like to think otherwise. The two who are behind Writer’s Block Philippines know a thing or two about turning passion into profit.

Santos left a cushy banking position as Assistant Vice President to pursue a career as a freelance journalist. Meanwhile, Sarthou-Lainez has maintained a career as a full-time freelance writer-editor for more than a decade.

“We were always being asked how to get started in writing and then always asked if it is possible to make a living from it,” said Santos who is a two-time Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee.

Answering that question was the reason behind forming Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP). Santos and Sarthou-Lainez began conducting writing workshops that would help aspiring writers jumpstart their freelance writing career.

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

“Globally, the creative industries are booming. To maximize this shift in the marketplace, we need to learn how to be creative entrepreneurs,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a former travel ambassador for Moleskine notebooks.

To help creative professionals along, WBP will bring 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 second Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on March 5, 2016, Saturday ,1-5pm, at Commune Café, Polaris corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati City.

Guest speakers include Marielle Nadal founder of CraftMNL, fashion photographer Niccolo Cosme, and performance artist Carlos Celdran.

What:                      Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

When:                      March 5, 2016, 1-5pm

Where:                    Commune Cafe

Polaris corner Durban Streets,  Poblacion, Makati

Entrance Fee:       P500.00 (inclusive of coffee and snacks)

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 made possible by Fully Booked, Freelancer.com, ClickTheCity.com, WhenInManila.com and Rappler.

Power Mac Center presents ​​‘Cinemansanas’

Pixelworx Cinemansanas 1

Premier Apple reseller Power Mac Center launches Cinemansanas, a campaign for aspiring and established artists who have a vision in storytelling through film in the digital age. Cinemansanas is the second installment of Pixelworx, Power Mac Center’s advocacy of recognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. It is celebrated with a series of workshops, live demos, and an ultimate art challenge.

This year, Cinemansanas dares artists to defy convention and create a short film using Apple devices. The digital short competition calls for short film entries with the theme “Designing for a Bold New World.” Entries may be executed in any form, i.e., documentary, narrative fiction, and the like as long as they are original and shot and edited using Apple devices.

The contest has two main categories. The Student Category is open to all officially enrolled High School and College/University students while the Professional Category is for local residents. All finalists in the Student and Professional categories will qualify to win the People’s Choice Award.

Power Mac Center aims to honor the brightest and best local talents in contemporary creativity further by participating at the Adobo Design Awards Asia (ADAA) Open/Theme category: Digital Short Film. Student entries are automatically eligible to win the much coveted ADAA recognition (Student category) while professionals will have to pay a nominal fee of Php500 for their category.

“Power Mac Center challenges everyone to reconnect with their inner artist. We need a new breed of storytellers now and with the amazing things you can do on the iPad and iPhone, the only limit is your creativity,” said Joey Alvarez, Marketing Director of Power Mac Center.

The Student Category Diamond Award winner will receive Php30,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards, while the Professional Category Diamond Award winner will take home Php50,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards. Runners-up in both categories will get Power Mac Center Gift Cards and products as well. Meanwhile, special prizes await winners of the Adobo Design Award for Digital Short (Student and Professional categories) and the People’s Choice Award.

The deadline for submission of entries is on March 20, 2016. For the registration form and full contest mechanics, visit www.powermaccenter.com.

As in the previous year, Pixelworx Cinemansanas will feature a series of workshops led by brand ambassadors, as well as live demo sessions in select Power Mac Center stores. This year’s workshops will showcase some of the country’s premier figures in the film industry.

The chosen Pixelworx ambassadors are Erik Matti for Direction, Yam Laranas for Cinematography, Ricky Lee for Scriptwriting, and Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez for Film Production. It is a rare opportunity to have these distinguished film artists share their unconventional way of visual storytelling to equip participants with valuable skills that can help in their own filmmaking.

 

Apart from the workshops, also scheduled are in-store activities featuring live demonstrations of apps used for filmmaking. Topics include Digital Filmmaking with iMovie, Musical Scoring with GarageBand, and Final Cut Pro X for Mac OS. This will show how Apple devices can be used as instruments in crafting in any chosen medium, particularly in creating film masterpieces.

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Interested participants may check the Power Mac Center social media accounts for the online registration announcement.

For more information, visit any Power Mac Center branch, or go to www.powermaccenter.com or call 855-8888.

Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

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What are the details of the event?

What:  Creative Entrepreneurs Summit
When: March 5, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 5PM
Where: Commune Café, 36 Polaris corner Durban Streets,  Poblacion, Makati City

What is the Creative Entrepreneurs Summit?

The Creative Entrepreneurs Summit is a gathering of creative professionals and aspiring creative minds intent to start a business that capitalizes on their talent and passions.

The event will feature creative professionals  who do not subscribe to the common notion that you need to starve to be an artist or work in the creative industry. They will share their experiences as a creative entrepreneur and serve as a source of learning and inspiration— something like a pep talk with both business sense and imaginative panache.

For our 2nd Creative Entrepreneurs Summit, Writer’s Block Philippines is proud to announce that we will have fashion photographer Niccolo Cosme and performance artist Carlos Celdran as our guest speakers. Niccolo and Carlos will give participants that needed fist pump to take the first leap (it’s never just a “baby step”) to starting their creative enterprise.

Why is this important for aspiring creative entrepreneurs?

We at Writer’s Block Philippines believe that you can do what you love and love what you do. We have, after all, been writing for a living (cumulatively) for more than 15 years.

But…we all know about the starving artists stereotype, the notion that the trade off of a creative mind is the absence of business acumen.

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

For our 2nd Writer’s Block Creative Entrepreneurs Summit, we have gathered creative geniuses, Niccolo Cosme and Carlos Celdran for a group huddle. We’ve asked them to share their experience of setting up, managing and sustaining a creative enterprise. They want to show you that if they can do, then you can, too.

Who can attend the event?

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a creative professional, then you should not miss this event! It’s the perfect learning opportunity for those who have started their own creative business venture or have been dreaming of doing so, but just don’t know where to start.

 How much is the registration fee?

There is a P500 fee per head, which covers entrance and coffee to keep the creative juices flowing.

How do I reserve a slot?

Simply sign up in our online registration form to reserve a seat.

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 through Paypal.

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. In 2010, she left her position as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution to pursue a career as a writer.

Her longform narratives on women’s issues, sexual reproductive health rights and migrant mothers has been published in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, among others. She has a regular column in Rappler called DASH of SAS, a spin-off of her blog, Sex and Sensibilities.com

In 2014, Ana was named the Persephone Miel Fellow by the 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. She is currently working on another Pulitzer Center grant, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

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 protected] can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.