The Professional Writer-Mama: How to get on the pro writing path while raising the kids

The Professional Writer-Mama

Being a work-at-home mama faces a unique set of challenges. Being a writer comes with its set of hurdles as well.

For those who are hands-on parents and also writing from home, the situation is even trickier. You may be an experienced writer or just starting out (or even still considering this career idea), but the complicated set-up remains. For one, when does one find the time to focus and put the words down?

If you feel that it is your calling to become a writer, then it’s time to get your act together.

Do you ditch your chores and your kids and your household management duties? No, you get help.

You attend The Professional Writer-Mama workshop.

Writer’s Block Philippines will arm you with the necessary tools you need to start a professional career in writing—specifically, while raising the kids. The first run of the custom-made The Professional Writer-Mama workshop will be on August 22 (Saturday) 1:30pm-5:30pm at U-View, Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

For this, Writer’s Block founders, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, are collaborating with editor/writer (and mom) Candice Lopez-Quimpo to help attendees chart their writing paths.

This workshop has been especially created to tackle real-life writing dilemmas, while taking the in consideration real-life parenting obligations.

The course outline is designed to work with the realities of working from home, to present productivity solutions, and to identify writing opportunities. We will be focusing on the following topics:

  • The myths and realities of working and writing from home while raising kids
  • Productivity and task management hacks
  • Anatomy of a professional writer-mama
  • Opportunities out there: realistic options for writers
  • How to pitch to potential publications and clients
  • How to be a true Professional Writer-Mama

If you’re a mom who wants to write, but feels overwhelmed or limited by your parenting duties, then do sign up.

Don’t let real life get in the way of becoming a professional writer. You can write while cheap essay writing raising the kids, you just need to arm yourself with the best techniques.

PS: Interested dads who write from home are welcome, too.

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 Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Rappler, and Freelancer.com.

WIRED 2.0: WRITING FOR THE WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

Wired 2.0

What are the details of the workshop?

What:  Wired 2.0 Writing for the Web & Social Media

When: September 19, 2015 (Saturday),
 1PM to 6PM

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

Who should attend this workshop?

If you own a business, manage a brand or personality or are anyone who wants to capitalize on the power of social media, “Wired 2.0: Writing for the Web and Social Media” is for you.

  • Social media manager managing or promoting your company brand.
  • An independent social media manager whose services are contracted by other companies.
  • Someone working in advocacy, development or government who is looking for alternative channels to reach out to target audience.
  • An entrepreneur who wants to tap social media as a cost effective way to communicate her business.

*NOTE: This workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above.

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.

NOTE: Registering online does not guarantee you a seat. You’ll only get a confirmed slot once you settle the workshop fee.

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.

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, The Atlantic 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, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, 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 writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check out our website: www.writersblockphilippines.com.