Writer’s Block Philippines Bowler Bookdays presents “It’s a Mens World” with Bebang Siy

Writer’s Block Philippines  Bowler Bookdays presents “It’s a Mens World” with Bebang Siy.

It will be on March 6, Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Free entrance for all Writer’s Block members. Just present WBP membership card as entrance. You can contact us via email at writersblock.ph@gmail.com or at (0927) 8508280.

Tribute to Edith Tiempo and Kerima Polotan-Tuvera

“In cooperation with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings (ALIWW), and LIKHAAN, the UP Writers Club will hold the exhibit “EDITH AND KERIMA: A TRIBUTE-EXHIBIT ON THE LIVES & WORKS OF TWO ICONS OF PHILIPPINE LITERATURE” from February 21-24, 2012 at Galeria 1 of BULWAGANG RIZAL in the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS, UP Diliman.

The UP WRITERS CLUB officially opens the exhibit on Tuesday, February 21, at 5 PM in the CLARO M. RECTO HALLl with a gathering of writers, artists, teachers, students, researchers, and supporters of Philippine literature. Featuring short recollections of time spent with Tiempo and Tuvera, along with readings and performances of fiction and poetry, the program lineup includes Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr., Gémino Abad, Carlos Aureus, Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Katrina Tuvera, Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio, J. Neil Garcia, Charlson Ong, Gregorio Brillantes, and various writers and performers.”

For inquiries about the exhibit and program, please call the UP INSTITUTE OF CREATIVE WRITING at (02) 922-1830 and look for ANNA SANCHEZ. 

Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism

Re-posted from Asia Society

To download rules and eligibility requirements, please click here. Entries must be postmarked by February 10, 2012.

The Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia is awarded annually to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia in print or online during the calendar year. Criteria for the prize include consideration for the impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research, and educational value in informing the public about Asia.

The $10,000 prize honors the late Osborn Elliott, a legendary journalist and author. Former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, he set new standards for reporting and editing and became one of the earliest practitioners of “civic journalism” — the deliberate focusing of the journalistic enterprise on urgent issues of public policy.

Previous Winners

2010: Keith BradsherThe New York Times
2009: Team of ReportersInternational Herald Tribune
2008: Shai OsterThe Wall Street Journal
2007: Evan OsnosThe Chicago Tribune
2006: Barbara DemickThe Los Angeles TimesMatthew McAllesterNewsday
2005: Philip P. PanThe Washington Post
2004: John PomfretThe Washington Post
2003: Elisabeth RosenthalThe New York Times

Affectionately nicknamed the “Oz Prize,” the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia honors a legendary journalist whose inclusive public dialogue and civic engagement have characterized his life’s work.

Oz Elliott’s career began with the New York Journal of Commerce andTIME magazine half a century ago. He moved to Newsweek, where he served as Editor, Editor-in-Chief, CEO and Chairman from 1961 to 1976. During his long tenure, Elliott significantly shaped a new and more populist journalism. By launching the “My Turn” feature, he opened the magazine to a broader range of public opinion, in addition to engaging such regular columnists as Paul Samuelson, Milton Friedman and Meg Greenfield. His proudest accomplishment during those years was Newsweek’s outspoken support for the emerging civil rights movement: in 1963 he devoted a special issue to African-Americans.

Civic duty and journalism were constant themes in his life. In 1975 Oz Elliott became founding Chairman of the Citizens Committee for NYC. A year later he became New York’s first Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. This was followed by 15 years as Dean and Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he established the Poliak Center for First Amendment Studies and the Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism. In 1992 he led a march on Washington of 250,000 people protesting the federal neglect of U.S. cities.

Oz Elliott was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served on numerous boards, including Asia Society, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Public Library and Harvard’s Board of Overseers. He was among the first to be inducted into the Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. He served on the Pulitzer Prize Board, wrote books, and received honorary degrees and many journalism awards. Through his leadership as a civic journalist and civic stalwart, he inspired and trained thousands to become active partners in shaping our society. Though Oz died in 2008, his contribution is a lasting legacy.

2010 Jury

Norman Pearlstine, Chairman of the Jury, Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg L.P. and former Editor-in-Chief of Time, Inc.
Carroll Bogert, Associate Director, Human Rights Watch
Barbara Crossette, UN correspondent, The Nation
Dorinda Elliott, Deputy Editor, Special Projects, Condé Nast Traveler
Michael Elliott, Deputy Managing Editor, TIME
Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-in-Chief, Reuters
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Senior Editor, Hindustan Times and 2007 Bernard Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
Carla Anne Robbins, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times
Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times
Sheryl WuDunn, former foreign correspondent and editor, The New York Times





Call for Entries: The 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

For more than 80 years, the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition has celebrated and promoted exceptional writing. It’s time Writer’s Digest gave your writing the exposure it deserves.

Send in your best work by May 1 and you could be featured in the December 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine! You could also win $3,000, publication in the exclusive Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection, plus a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City, where you’ll meet with four editors or agents interesting in learning more about your work.

Compete in 10 categories:

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

Deadline: May 1, 2012

Bowler Book Day

February is turning out to be an exciting month for Writer’s Block Philippines!

On February 21, all bona fide members of Writer’s Block Philippines + all participants of this run of Feature Writing 101 will get FREE ENTRANCE to our first-ever Bowler Bookday entitled “The Secrets of E-Book Publishing”. Learn the ins and outs of e-book publishing with Flipside’s managing editor, Honey de Peralta, and get a chance to get YOUR idea published! (Flipside will be accepting manuscripts for evaluation and possible publishing, so grab this free, EXCLUSIVE opportunity now!) Check the poster below for details and click HERE to reserve your slot now. The first 30 members to sign up AND arrive at the venue on February 21 will receive a FREE welcome drink from Bowler restobar!

Mark your calendars: February Jelly!!

Bring your work and cowork with us!! Meet new people, share what projects you’re
working on and see what everyone else is up to.

At 3pm, Writer’s Block Philippines will be leading a Dream Boarding session.
The first 20 people here for the Jelly will be able to make their own dream board (supplies courtesy of co.lab).

Contact Writer’s Block Philippines!







Using feature writing to attract new clients, improve business communications

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — People commonly associate feature writing with lifestyle articles and glossy magazines. For the savvy business communicator, however, feature writing can be a great way to tell a company or brand’s story (and we all love stories!), grab mindshare, change behaviors, and attract new business.

Take the case of a multinational construction company who wanted to soften its image and appear more approachable to its clients. It needed a communication solution to a perception problem about the product being “stiff”, “boring”, and “too technical.”

The solution: develop an in-house lifestyle publication that would show cement not just as a technical product, but as the stuff of which beautiful things are made. The feature articles housed in this magazine tackled architecture, interior design, even a bit of arts and culture, and, of course, profiles of people from all around the company that made it a great building partner.

There is also the case of a financial institution that wanted to promote one of its newly launched services. Using feature writing, it was able to showcase success stories of clients that had availed themselves of this service, as well as explain–in lay terms–mechanics that would otherwise have been crammed into a small flyer. Feature writing humanized the product and made it easier to understand.

Here are a few more ways to make the most of feature writing in your company or organization:

1.    Show human interest stories of your company’s leaders to show the open and warm culture in your company.

2.    Profile beneficiaries that show the positive, life-changing results of your work, and why it will be worth your donors’ money to choose YOUR non-profit or charity.

3.    Show tips for making the most of your product or service.

4.    Showcase a featured destination (or occasion) and show how, for example, your travel agency helps make memorable holidays like this come true.

5.    Share testimonials of happy clients and what makes your company THEIR partner of choice.

When done well, feature writing can be a powerful tool for business and can help you save on advertising costs. After all, there are few things more powerful than a compelling story shared online or through word of mouth.

To know more about how feature writing can work for your business or organization, join Feature Writing 101 by Writer’s Block Philippines. The one-day workshop runs on February 18, 2012, 10am to 6pm at Quantum Café, Kamagong St, Makati. For complete details, visit <www.writersblockphilippines.com>, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com, or call/text (0927) 850 5280.

Rappler opens internship program to college students

Re-posted from Rappler

As part of efforts to work with and nurture journalistic skills of the youth, Rappler is offering its internship program to collegiate students. We believe that learning and skills can be acquired beyond the classroom and through actual experience and exposure to real-life situations.

Our internship program is open to all college students in their junior to senior years. They are required to complete from 150-200 hours of work over 6 weeks. A select number of interns will be chosen every year over a rotating cycle. Applications will be accepted year-round and notifications of those who will be accepted will be made as soon as the selection process is completed.

Application Requirements

  1. Application letter addressed to Rappler.  Attention: Chay F. Hofileña/Citizen Journalism Director
  2. Bio-data or CV
  3. Three samples of written work
  4. Recommendation letter from a professor or school official

Internship Program Features

  1. Research
  2. Task schedules
  • First 2 weeks  – office-based research
  • Second 2 weeks – fieldwork for story assignments and tag-alongs
  • Last 2 weeks – field and writing

Queries and application submissions may be made through discuss@move.ph and chay.hofilena@rappler.com



WBP members get special perks in Studio Zen!

A client call here, an interview there…

Most freelance writers are always on the go and it’s important that we look presentable all of the time. After all, first impressions last. Everywhere we go, we represent our own brand, our byline, and we need to carry ourselves with cool confidence—ready to face the challenges of freelance writers.

Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) is happy to partner with Studio Zen, which is the only salon in the metro that offers unlimited beauty treatments and services. Where else can you get unlimited haircut services for only P390 a month? The other steals and deals include monthly packages for unlimited blow-dry sessions, foot spa, hand spa, manicure and pedicure, as well as body massage. Special treatments like hot oil and Bonacure have weekly sessions.

Studio Zen currently has unlimited promos on the following, but they also have regular rates for other treatments and services.

Unlimited sessions:
Haircut (P390 / month)
Blow-dry, iron, and curl (P990 / month)
Manicure and pedicure (P590 / month)
Foot spa (P690 / month)
Hand spa (P590 / month)
Body massage (P1,390 / month)


Weekly sessions:
Hot oil (P1,490 – P2,960 / month)
Bonacure (P2,690 – P3,890 / month)

As a special treat, Studio Zen is giving a 10% discount (on selected services and treatments) to all members of WBP!

Now, you have one less thing to worry about. Visit Studio Zen for all your salon needs, and look your best when you make client calls or attend important events next time.

Studio Zen – Complete Care Salon
2/F 325 Katipunan Ave., Quezon City