TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY: TURN YOUR VACATIONS INTO TRAVEL ARTICLES

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If you’re like the others who have been bitten by the travel bug, you would surely get a thrill out of traveling to a new destination that you can tick off your bucket list. Embarking on a new travel adventure would be more meaningful if you record your experiences.

As you indulge your spirit of wanderlust this summer, let Writer’s Block Philippines help you arm yourself with the knowledge on how to turn your vacations into travel articles through its upcoming workshop, “Travel the Write Way” on May 25 (Sunday), 11am-6pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

The founders of WBP, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, who have been doing writing workshops since 2010 will facilitate the event. “The workshop will serve as an introductory for aspiring writers who want to see their names in print,” shares Santos, an independent journalist and foreign correspondent who is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos. “We will discuss the anatomy of a travel feature and share some writing tips and tricks.”

“It is important to wear your writer’s hat even during vacations, as you can find stories anywhere and everywhere,” reveals Sarthou-Lainez who is also a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. “We plan to instill this mindset to the workshop participants who will also learn the various opportunities on how to get paid to travel the world.”

The workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above—both aspiring writers who want to get published and professional writers who want to get additional learning.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Travelife Magazine, ClicktheCity.com, WheninManila.com, The Travel Club, Eagle Creek, and Dong-A.

Sign-up for our upcoming travel writing workshop, “Travel the Write Way”

Travel the Write Way

If you’re like the others who have been bitten by the travel bug, you would surely get a thrill out of traveling to a new destination that you can tick off your bucket list. Embarking on a new travel adventure would be more meaningful if you record your experiences.

As you indulge your spirit of wanderlust this summer, let Writer’s Block Philippines help you arm yourself with the knowledge on how to turn your vacations into travel articles through its upcoming workshop, “Travel the Write Way” on May 25 (Sunday), 11am-6pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

The founders of WBP, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, who have been doing writing workshops since 2010 will facilitate the event. “The workshop will serve as an introductory for aspiring writers who want to see their names in print,” shares Santos, an independent journalist and foreign correspondent who is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos. “We will discuss the anatomy of a travel feature and share some writing tips and tricks.”

“It is important to wear your writer’s hat even during vacations, as you can find stories anywhere and everywhere,” reveals Sarthou-Lainez who is also a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. “We plan to instill this mindset to the workshop participants who will also learn the various opportunities on how to get paid to travel the world.”

The workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above—both aspiring writers who want to get published and professional writers who want to get additional learning.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

This event is made possible by Travelife Magazine, ClicktheCity.com, WheninManila.com, The Travel Club, Eagle Creek, and Dong-A.

64th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards Now Accepting Entries, Facilitates Submission

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Now on its 64th year, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (the Palanca Awards), the most prestigious and longest-running literary competition in the Philippines, is now accepting entries for its annual literary tilt.

This year, the Palanca Awards has enhanced­­­ its submission system to facilitate the submission of entries, particularly for aspiring and professional literary artists who wish to join the competition but are based in the provinces or overseas. Contestants will no longer be required to submit hard copies of entries, which saves on printing and courier service costs.

Online submission to the 64th Palanca Awards may be done through the official website,www.palancaawards.com.ph, where the contest documents may be downloaded. The accomplished forms and entries may then be uploaded and submitted through the website. To complete the submission process, hard copies of the notarized contest documents must be submitted to any of the following addresses: (1) Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City; or (2) Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City. The contest rules are also posted on the Palanca Awards Facebook page at www.facebook.com/palancaawards.

Organized and sponsored by the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., the 64th Palanca Awards is accepting entries in the following 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-Iluko.

In addition, the Palanca Awards welcomes submissions for the Kabataan Division, which specifically caters to young writers below 18 years old as of 30 April 2014. This year’s Kabataan Division theme is, “How can the youth help in natural disaster preparedness in the country?” for the English category and “Paano makatutulong ang mga kabataan sa paghahanda ng bayan para sa mga kalamidad?” for the Filipino category.

Notably, as the Novel and Nobela categories are only accepting entries every two years, they will be closed for this year’s competition since it was offered in2013.

Aspiring and professional writers may submit only one entry per category. All entries must be submitted on or before the contest deadline as stated in the contest rules. Winners will be awarded at a special ceremony to be held on 1 September 2014.

Established in 1950 to honor the legacy of businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca, Sr., 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.

TRAVEL THE WRITE WAY: Turn Your Vacations into Travel Articles

Travel the Write Way

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Travel the Write Way: Turn Your Vacations Into Travel Articles
When: May 25, 2014 (Sunday),
11PM to 6PM
Where: Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City
 
Who is this workshop for?

Often times, when you travel to another country or visit one of our many islands, the place becomes not just a tourist destination, but an object of deep affection—a fierce source of pride, an overwhelming attachment, or a deep source of memories and inspiration.

Vacations and beautiful places bring out a multitude of emotions—ranging from adrenaline rushes, nostalgia, awe—sometimes even humility at the majesty of nature when we see what she has created or at the sheer brilliance of the human mind which has created many man-made wonders.

If you’ve ever travelled to another place, felt this way and wanted to write about it, “Travel the Write Way” will help you get started on another journey—one where you can turn your vacations into travel articles.

What can I learn from this workshop?

The great thing about “Travel the Write Way” is that it is basic enough to serve as an introductory course for aspiring writers, but comprehensive enough to be a source of additional learning for those who are already writing professionally.

Check out what we have lined up for “Travel the Write Way”:

I. Introduction to Travel Writing

After we hope to have inspired your wanderlust enough, we go what exactly a travel feature is, what does it seek to do and differentiating between a travel feature and an advertorial.

II. Anatomy of a Travel Feature

We’ll take a look at the different travel writing formats and how format can dictate tone, angle and even length of the article. We’ll also go into a bit of the must-haves of each travel feature like an attention grabbing lead, a sidebar, and other useful information.

III. Travel Writing Tips & Tricks 

A travel assignment requires you to explore a place on a deeper level versus traveling as a tourist. That is a task that requires you to have certain skills like note-taking, recording details, taking and documenting pictures—while still enjoying your trip.

We’ll talk about media “fam” tours (familiarization tours) and how to get meatier stories out of the usual press tours.

IV.Getting Published

Together we will discover the many opportunities for the travel writer and how you can get paid to travel the world.

V.Writing session & Critique

No writing workshop would be complete without a writing session. Be ready to write your own lead and generate additional story angles when we brainstorm with others.

What does the P1,800 workshop fee cover?

The P1,800 per head includes the course fee and light snacks.

How can I reserve a slot and settle the workshop fee?

To reserve a slot, enter your name and contact information in our form and then pay for the workshop via bank deposit. Details as follows.

Bank: BPI
Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services
Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

Once you’ve made the deposit, please email us a copy of the deposit slip so we can send you an Acknowledgment Receipt.

Who is conducting the workshop?

The workshop will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a group 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. Her last position was Assistant Vice President of a financial institution.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent 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 an international reporting grant by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. to do a series of stories about Filipinas working as nannies in Dubai entitled, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”.

Ana maintains a regular column on Rappler called, “DASH of SAS” (a spin-off of her website, Sex and Sensibilities.com) and a column in Working Mom called, “Happy Even After”. She is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos.

Nikka Sarthou: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has around 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. Her last corporate post was Associate Lifestyle Editor at a major publishing company.

Currently, Nikka is a full-time freelance writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts. She is a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air. She regularly writes for GMA News Online as well.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

Please bring whatever writing materials you’ll need to take notes. Laptops are not recommended though as power outlets will be limited. As a provision, you may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket. Also bring a story idea to work on during the writing activity or bring anything from a favorite travel destination—one that has been checked off or one that remains on your bucket list to give you additional inspiration.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check the www.writersblockphilippines.com.