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
- 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:
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.