The Regional Director of will be our workshop guest speaker!

Evan Tan

Calling all freelance writers! Guess who will be our guest speaker for our upcoming workshop, Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career?

None other than, Evan Tan,  the Regional Director for Southeast Asia of It’s the world’s largest freelancing marketplace in terms of users and projects.

As a seasoned communications professional, he has written for and contributed to various publications such as the Manila Times, Philippines Graphic, 2nd Opinion Magazine, e27, and Catalyst Asia. He has been featured in different media locally and regionally, such as Channel News Asia, Bloomberg Malaysia, Star World, Interaksyon, GMA News, and When in Manila, among many others. He is also the Administrative Head of pioneering HIV advocacy organization The Red Whistle. He blogs at his website, Writer in Manila (

Discover freelance writing opportunities from him at our upcoming workshop. Register online now! For inquiries, email or contact 0917.397.9927.

Upcoming event: “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career”

JYFWC 2015

Freelance used to mean an unsteady and unpredictable life, jumping from one job and hoping for another.

But with the changing business models in media, writing and consultancy, freelancing has become the new industry normal. Media companies are shuttering down and cutting costs by trimming down full-time staff.  Contracting freelance writers is a way for companies to balance the ever-increasing demand for content and maintaining the bottomline.

Being a freelance writer now offers numerous possibilities, including that of being a sustainable fulfilling career.

Just ask Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, two freelance writers who put up Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs.

“When we started, we wanted a place where writers could improve their craft, get started on getting published and learn the ins and outs of freelancing. The most logical way for us to do that was by organizing workshops,” said Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues.

Santos is a regular columnist in Rappler and Working Mom and as the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, her work has been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

Five years and hundreds of workshop participants later, Writer’s Block Philippines has become top of mind in giving aspiring writers practical tips on starting a freelance writing career.

“The ‘Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career’ workshop was our very first offering and it remains to be one of our most popular workshops,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer.

Sarthou-Lainez was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads in 2012. She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile magazine and she also writes for various online and print publications.

The duo both left their respective careers to pursue their passion to become full-time freelance writers and put up Writer’s Block Philippines in 2010.

Santos once held the position of Assistant Vice-President of a financial institution and Sarthou-Lainez was once with a publishing firm.

“Our day jobs were actually crucial in preparing us for the world of freelancing,” said Santos.

“Exactly,” agreed Sarthou-Lainez “Everything we learned about succeeding in freelancing was not taught in school.”

Writer’s Block Philippines will be holding another run of Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career on July 18, 2015, Saturday, at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. The workshop will run from 1pm to 6pm and will cover practical tips on freelancing and how to write a story pitch that will get editors to notice you.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, and

JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER (2015): Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

JYFWC 2015


What are the details of the workshop?

What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career

When: July 18, 2015 (Saturday),
 1PM to 6PM

Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Who is this workshop for? 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 should attend the event?

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.

This is especially ideal for the following:

  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side
  • retirees who want to pursue writing

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 fee per person, which simply covers the course fee. We’ll take care of the substance, but you take care of your sustenance, that okay?

How can I reserve a seat?

Simply sign up through our online registration form to signify your interest and we’ll email you the details on how to confirm a slot.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account or via Paypal. 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 notify us of your transaction by emailing us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot. Kindly indicate in the email the participant’s name, email address and mobile number.

You may also pay via Paypal, which has a payment feature in our website (

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 who will pay on the day itself 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. She left her post as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution five years ago to pursue a career as a freelance writer.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women’s issues, 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 named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ana has regular columns in Rappler and Working Mom while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post and Foreign Policy.

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.

In 2012, she was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads and was included in its exhibition of travel writers’ kits where some of her travel paraphernalia were shown on display. She was the only featured travel writer from the Philippines, the others were from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society,,,,, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently 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 You can also check out our website: