Writer’s Block Founders
The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines collectively have close to two decades of experience in freelance writing. Together, their works on lifestyle, travel, arts & culture, advocacy, sex & relationships, and women’s issues have been extensively published both locally and internationally.
Now that they have made freelance writing their full-time job, they will answer the questions they are most commonly asked: why freelance? And how do you make money from writing?
News vs. Features
We read, watch and listen to news all the time so we may all—in one way or another—be familiar with news writing, but what exactly is feature writing? Relating it to the more familiar writing form of news, we will talk about the differences between news and feature articles and cite examples of award-winning features.
Different Kinds of Feature Stories
From the personality feature to the travel and food feature, we will take you through the kinds of feature articles, what each should have, and how to make each one compelling, moving and relevant.
Finding a Story Angle
They say that there are many ways to skin a cat and in this exercise-led discussion, you will find out that there are many ways to tell a story. Just how many? That’s what this exercise aims to find out.
Asking the Right Questions
Asking the right questions is key to getting a good story. In this session, we will discuss what questions you should ask yourself before you take on an assignment and how to conduct good interviews.
Writing Techniques and Rituals
Intimidated by that blank piece of paper or that blinking cursor? We’ll talk about the different ways to get those creative juices flowing and some books that might help.
Writing a Lead
The lead is the first thing you will read in a story and, depending on how well it is written, can make you decide whether or not you want to go on reading. In this part of the workshop, we will talk about writing a good lead and its main function in storytelling.
Writing Your Story
We’ve gotten our story angles, our story material, and our lead. Now, let’s write the rest of the story. Participants will be given time to write a short feature. The group will break into small groups and discuss the piece for constructive feedback and critique.