Be inspired by these creative entrepreneurs!

Writer’s Block Philippines’ Founders

Ana P. Santos

Ana _ Profile Pic for HW 2Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. In 2010, she left her position as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution to pursue a career as a writer.

As an independent journalist 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 the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. For her multi-media project, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”, Ana wrote a series of stories about migrant mothers in Dubai, UAE and Paris, France

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez

Photo by Ena Terol  aligncenterNikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients.

She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts. She is also a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.


Guest Speakers

Anton Diaz

about AntonAnton Diaz worked for the biggest multinational company in the Philippines for 12+ years, straight out of college, before becoming a full time Online Entrepreneur.

He was the Chief Information Officer of Procter & Gamble Philippines when he finally quit his day job and decided to take his blog, Our Awesome Planet, to the next level in 2008.

OurAwesomePlanet.com, which he started in 2005, is the #1 food and travel blog in the Philippines with close to 1,000,000 hits in 1.5 months, 120,000+ followers and 10,200+ readers, and is still growing. His advocacy is to promote the “Food and Travel Secrets in teh Philippines” and to inspire Filipinos that living in the Philippines is truly awesome!

Darlyn Ty

Darlyn TyEight years ago, Darlyn Ty first offered Viviamo Inc.’s first planner product, Belle De Jour Power Planner.

Today, Belle De Jour is more than just a planner but a community aimed to empower women to try, dare, achieve, discover and live their best lives. Through ilovebdj.com, Darlyn is encouraging conversations among girls from topics ranging to make up to fashion to career.

Michael Josh Villanueva

Michael Josh Villanueva is a multimedia journalist, digital strategist and social media evangelist.

He’s spent the last 15-years working in broadcast and online media specializing in content creation, technology, video, social media and mobile.

He served as Rappler’s Director for Special Projects, Editor of the Technology Section and produces and anchors the weekly technology web show TechRap.

Prior to Rappler, he spent a decade with broadcast network GMA 7 as Senior Manager for Digital News Gathering and Social Media.

His current pursuits include producing gadget reviews on the Youtube technology channel Gadget Match.

Mina V. Esguerra

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance, young adult, and new adult novellas. Through her blog Publishing in Pajamas, she documents her experiments in publishing.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, indie publisher, professional editor, wife, and mother. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

Contact her at minavesguerra@gmail.com / @minavesguerra on Twitter.

RJ Ledesma

R.J. LedesmaRJ Ledesma wears a lot of hats. He was the Best Male Emcee of the 2012 Aliw Awards, a professional event and wedding host, host of Best Men on GMA News TV, co-founder and organizer of Mercato Centrale, editor-in-chief of UNO Magazine, lifestyle columnist for the Philippine Star, honorary Vice Consul of Monaco to the Philippines, executive vice president of Ledesco Development Corporation, best selling author of five books, certified Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa instructor, doting father and husband.

A collection of his articles from his Sunday column Pogi From A Parallel Universe for the Philippine Star, all of RJ Ledesma’s books are best sellers, with Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? and It Only Hurts When I Pee making it as finalists in the National Book Awards.

Vince Golangco

Vince Golangco of WhenInManilaVince Golangco graduated from San Diego State University. He is the Founder & Publisher WhenInManila.com, the top online magazine in the Philippines that boasts over 8 million impressions per day.

Vince is also a TV & events host, radio DJ, surfer, skater, blogger, US Military Vet, San Diego State University alumni, AKΨ, JCI, Yes-Man. See his portfolio here VinceGolangco.com/portfolio or connect with him on Twitter/Instagram @VinceGolangco

Writer’s Block Philippines will hold the Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on Jan. 31 at Top Shelf, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, please see our Guide to Frequently Asked Questions.

Join our first ever Creative Entrepreneurship Summit: Where Passion and Profit Meet

Creative Entrepreneurship Summit

There is a common misconception that creative people do not have business sense.

 

The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines disagree.

 

When Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez started Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) in 2010, their main focus was to conduct writing workshops that would help aspiring writers jumpstart their freelance writing career. They also wanted to help create a space where freelance writers could talk shop, build connections and share insights.

 

Five years, dozens of writing workshops, and hundreds of participants later, they continue to do what we love and love what we do.

 

“We have always believed that you can follow your passion, do what you love and make a decent living,” says Ana P. Santos, WBP co-founder.

 

“Looking at the booming creative industry, it seems that others are following their passion as well. We have seen growth in graphic design studios and online brands such as OurAwesomePlanet.com, WhenInManila.com, to name a few,” says Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, also co-founder of WBP.

 

The writing duo has seen this “creative boom” as an impetus to build a community of not just writers but also creative entrepreneurs.

 

“It’s time to turn passion into a sustainable and profitable business,” say the two.

 

They thought of bringing together successful creative entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game and are eager to give participants the needed fist pump to take the first leap (it’s never just a “baby step”) to starting their creative enterprise.

 

Writer’s Block Philippines is hosting the first ever Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on 31 January 2015, Saturday, 1-5pm, at the Top Shelf of Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

 

The event will gather aspiring creative entrepreneurs and creative professionals who believe that one does not have to starve (as in the case of the starving artist stereotype)  to be an artist or work in the creative industry. They may have started their own creative business venture or have been dreaming about doing so, but just don’t know where to start.

 

Guest speakers include Anton Diaz, founder of OurAwesomePlanet.com who has made a career about of being “a foodie”; Darlyn Ty whose need for the perfect planner pushed her to start Belle de Jour Power Planner; Vince Golangco, who started WhenInManila.com and made being a food and travel writer a profession; Mina V. Esguerra, book author and indie publisher; RJ Ledesma who juggles being an author, host and columnist, among others.

 

What:                        Creative Entrepreneurship Summit

by Writer’s Block Philippines

When:                       January 31, 2015, 1-5pm

Where:                      Top Shelf, Fully Booked

Bonifacio Global City

 

Running a creative enterprise can be taught. But to think like a creative entrepreneur, one needs to learn how to create a balance between passion and profit from other creative entrepreneurs.

This event is in partnership with Bio-Oil, Valda Pastilles, BusinessWorld, Rappler, WhenInManila.com, ClicktheCity.com, Dong-A, Fully Booked and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Creative Entrepreneur Summit: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the details of the event?

What: Creative Entrepreneur Summit
When: January 31, 2015 (Saturday), 1PM to 5PM
Where: Top Shelf, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City

What is the event about?

We at Writer’s Block Philippines believe that you can do what you love and love what you do. We have, after all, been writing for a living (cumulatively) for more than 15 years.

But…we all know about the starving artists stereotype, the notion that the trade off of a creative mind is the absence of business acumen.

We believe that running a creative enterprise can be taught. But to think like a creative entrepreneur, one needs to learn from other creative entrepreneurs how to create a balance between passion and profit.

For the first ever Writer’s Block Creative Entrepreneurship Summit, we have gathered selected creative geniuses for a group huddle. We’ve asked them to share their experience of setting up, managing and sustaining a creative enterprise. They want to show you that if they can do, then you can, too.

Some of the speakers include Anton Diaz (Founder of OurAwesomePlanet.com), Mina V. Esguerra (self-published author), Michael Josh Villanueva (YouTube Content Creator), Vince Golangco (Founder of WhenInManila.com), Ros Juan (social media strategist), and RJ Ledesma (author, host, lifestyle columnist).

Who can attend the event?

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a creative professional, then you should not miss this event! It’s the perfect learning opportunity for those who have started their own creative business venture or have been dreaming of doing so, but just don’t know where to start.

 How much is the registration fee?

There is a P500 fee per head, which simply covers the entrance. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

How do I reserve a slot?

Simply sign up in our online registration form to reserve a seat.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

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

If you have the BPI app on your phone, you can also pay via bank transfer without having to enroll our account in your Bills Payment Roster. Simply click on the option, “Transfer to Anyone”.

Once you’ve made the deposit/funds transfer, please email us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay through Paypal.

Is there a deadline for signing up?

There is no deadline but please note that we will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up. Walk-in participants will only be accommodated if there are still available slots.

Who is hosting the event?

It 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. In 2010, she left her position as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution to pursue a career as a writer.

As an independent journalist 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 the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. For her multi-media project, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”, Ana wrote a series of stories about migrant mothers in Dubai, UAE and Paris, France

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. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts. She is also a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

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 out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.