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What are the details of the workshop?
What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career
When: July 19, 2014 (Saturday), 11AM to 5PM
Where: The Forum, 4th floor, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
How will this workshop benefit me if I am –
An aspiring writer who has not yet been published
“Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career” (JYFWC) has very practical tips on how to get published, finding stories, and living a sustainable life as a creative entrepreneur. It also aims to dispel the myths—and highlight the realities of freelance writing and help the participant start out with the proper mind frame needed to start a career as a writer.
Already working as a freelance or full-time writer
JYFWC is all about creating a career as a writer. If you are already working as a freelance or full-time writer, this workshop can help you learn about the other different writing opportunities that are available, to help diversify your income.
You will also learn how to market and brand yourself as a writer.
Who can join the workshop?
You don’t have to be a published writer to join the workshop. As long as you have an interest in pursuing writing as a career—and are 18 years old or above—you can sign up for the event.
What does the P1,800 fee cover?
The P1,800 per head simply covers the course fee. Kindly note that expenses for food and drinks are for the account of the participants.
What is the course outline?
The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will discuss the following topics:
I. Why freelance?
Why should you freelance? It is about having more free time or just doing what you want? While both may be true, we will look at the pros and cons and the myths and realities of freelance writing as a career.
Freelancing is and can be a viable and sustainable career. We will look at the various writing opportunities, how to capitalize on them and maximize them as diversified earning potentials.
III. Marketing Yourself
Your byline is your brand. Just like any brand you need to market yourself, create your portfolio, and create a positive image for yourself as a writer.
IV. Practical Side of the Business
We will discuss the practical side of becoming a creative entrepreneur and how to achieve a sustainable lifestyle as a freelance writer.
V. Getting Published
How do you start a freelance writing career? How do you get published? First, you have to know how to write a pitch. A pitch to a writer is what an audition is to an actor—it’s a potential job that can lead to other potential jobs. Our pitching session—which has nothing to do with baseball—will clue you in on what editors are looking for and how to pique their interest.
VI. Writing Exercise and Critique
Participants would be given sufficient time to write a pitch and get critiqued.
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 fee 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. Please note that fee is non-refundable.
Who is conducting the workshop?
The workshop 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.
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. In 2014, she was named the Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
She is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos.
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. 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.
Writer’s Block Philippines is also pleased to announce that Candice Lopez-Quimpo, one of our Scribes and Scribblers, will be our guest speaker at this workshop. Candice is an editor and writer and will share her insights about collaborating with editors and what it is that they look for when commissioning a freelance writer.
What do I need to bring to the workshop?
We’re encouraging everyone to take notes so please bring whatever writing materials you’ll need. 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.
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.