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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check the www.writersblockphilippines.com.