Be inspired by our line-up of inspiring speakers at the Creative Entrepreneurs Summit!

Follow your passion and make a sustaining living out of it. That’s what our speakers have in common—they were all able to turn passion into profit.

Niccolo Cosme, conceptual photographer and visual artist will be part of the event and tell us how he made his passion for photography into a successful creative enterprise.

Niccolo Cosme
Niccolo Cosme

Marielle Nadal-Reyes, Co-Founder of CraftMNL, will be part of the event. Craft MNL is a craft studio and shop in Makati that was born out of a growing community of makers and craft entrepreneurs, as well as a passion for sharing the love and value of making.

Marielle Nadal-Reyes
Marielle Nadal-Reyes

Carlos Celdran, a well-known performance artist, will share how passion and profit come together for the performing arts.

Carlos Celdran
Carlos Celdran

Of course, the Co-Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, will also share their stories on how they were able to evolve from being just freelance writers to creative entrepreneurs.

Writer’s Block Philippines is hosting the second Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on March 5, 2016, Saturday ,1-5pm, at Commune Café, Polaris corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati City.

For inquiries, contact 0917.397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com.

FAQs: Travel the Write Way (2016)

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What are the details of the workshop?

 

What: Travel the Write Way: Turn Your Vacations Into Travel Articles

When: March 12, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM

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

 

Who is this workshop for?

Gone are the days when you write entries for your hardbound travel journal and keep it all to yourself. Nowadays, blogging or writing online is the way to go so you can share your thoughts, tips, and experiences to a bigger audience.

 

It’s simply not enough to put your thoughts on paper or publish it online. If you want to turn your vacations into travel articles, you should learn how to filter your ideas and see what’s worthy of publishing.

 

Let our upcoming workshop, Travel the Write Way, help you get started in your journey as an aspiring travel writer.

 

As long as you like to travel and/or write, and are at least 18 years old, you may sign up for this travel writing workshop. We don’t expect you to have previously published works, nor do we expect you to be the next Pico Iyer.

 

This is especially ideal for the following:

· freelance writers

· bloggers

· employees and stay-at-home folks who want to write on the side

· anyone who would like to immortalize their travels and adventures with words that can recreate memories when read

 

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

· Introduction to Travel Writing

· Anatomy of a Travel Feature

· Travel Writing Tips & Tricks

· Getting Published

 

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,000 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. 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”.

 

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

 

NOTE: Once you’ve settled the fee, please email us your complete name, contact details, and a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap of transaction so we can confirm your slot.

 

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.

 

Also, it’s best to sign up and confirm a slot way before the event so we can prepare your handouts and certificates.

 

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.

 

In 2014, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to do a series of stories on migrant mothers entitled, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?”. She has just finished reporting for her second Pulitzer Center grant entitled, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

 

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

 

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, Rappler and WayToGo. 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.

Creative Entrepreneurs: Making business sense of the creative life

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Follow your passion. Do what you love. Make a decent living. Does anyone really get to do all three? Often we are made to believe that the best you can do is get one out of three.

Writers Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez would like to think otherwise. The two who are behind Writer’s Block Philippines know a thing or two about turning passion into profit.

Santos left a cushy banking position as Assistant Vice President to pursue a career as a freelance journalist. Meanwhile, Sarthou-Lainez has maintained a career as a full-time freelance writer-editor for more than a decade.

“We were always being asked how to get started in writing and then always asked if it is possible to make a living from it,” said Santos who is a two-time Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee.

Answering that question was the reason behind forming Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP). Santos and Sarthou-Lainez began conducting writing workshops that would help aspiring writers jumpstart their freelance writing career.

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

“Globally, the creative industries are booming. To maximize this shift in the marketplace, we need to learn how to be creative entrepreneurs,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a former travel ambassador for Moleskine notebooks.

To help creative professionals along, WBP will bring 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 second Creative Entrepreneurship Summit on March 5, 2016, Saturday ,1-5pm, at Commune Café, Polaris corner Durban Streets, Poblacion, Makati City.

Guest speakers include Marielle Nadal founder of CraftMNL, fashion photographer Niccolo Cosme, and performance artist Carlos Celdran.

What:                      Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

When:                      March 5, 2016, 1-5pm

Where:                    Commune Cafe

Polaris corner Durban Streets,  Poblacion, Makati

Entrance Fee:       P500.00 (inclusive of coffee and snacks)

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 made possible by Fully Booked, Freelancer.com, ClickTheCity.com, WhenInManila.com and Rappler.

Power Mac Center presents ​​‘Cinemansanas’

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Premier Apple reseller Power Mac Center launches Cinemansanas, a campaign for aspiring and established artists who have a vision in storytelling through film in the digital age. Cinemansanas is the second installment of Pixelworx, Power Mac Center’s advocacy of recognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. It is celebrated with a series of workshops, live demos, and an ultimate art challenge.

This year, Cinemansanas dares artists to defy convention and create a short film using Apple devices. The digital short competition calls for short film entries with the theme “Designing for a Bold New World.” Entries may be executed in any form, i.e., documentary, narrative fiction, and the like as long as they are original and shot and edited using Apple devices.

The contest has two main categories. The Student Category is open to all officially enrolled High School and College/University students while the Professional Category is for local residents. All finalists in the Student and Professional categories will qualify to win the People’s Choice Award.

Power Mac Center aims to honor the brightest and best local talents in contemporary creativity further by participating at the Adobo Design Awards Asia (ADAA) Open/Theme category: Digital Short Film. Student entries are automatically eligible to win the much coveted ADAA recognition (Student category) while professionals will have to pay a nominal fee of Php500 for their category.

“Power Mac Center challenges everyone to reconnect with their inner artist. We need a new breed of storytellers now and with the amazing things you can do on the iPad and iPhone, the only limit is your creativity,” said Joey Alvarez, Marketing Director of Power Mac Center.

The Student Category Diamond Award winner will receive Php30,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards, while the Professional Category Diamond Award winner will take home Php50,000 worth of Power Mac Center Gift Cards. Runners-up in both categories will get Power Mac Center Gift Cards and products as well. Meanwhile, special prizes await winners of the Adobo Design Award for Digital Short (Student and Professional categories) and the People’s Choice Award.

The deadline for submission of entries is on March 20, 2016. For the registration form and full contest mechanics, visit www.powermaccenter.com.

As in the previous year, Pixelworx Cinemansanas will feature a series of workshops led by brand ambassadors, as well as live demo sessions in select Power Mac Center stores. This year’s workshops will showcase some of the country’s premier figures in the film industry.

The chosen Pixelworx ambassadors are Erik Matti for Direction, Yam Laranas for Cinematography, Ricky Lee for Scriptwriting, and Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez for Film Production. It is a rare opportunity to have these distinguished film artists share their unconventional way of visual storytelling to equip participants with valuable skills that can help in their own filmmaking.

 

Apart from the workshops, also scheduled are in-store activities featuring live demonstrations of apps used for filmmaking. Topics include Digital Filmmaking with iMovie, Musical Scoring with GarageBand, and Final Cut Pro X for Mac OS. This will show how Apple devices can be used as instruments in crafting in any chosen medium, particularly in creating film masterpieces.

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Interested participants may check the Power Mac Center social media accounts for the online registration announcement.

For more information, visit any Power Mac Center branch, or go to www.powermaccenter.com or call 855-8888.

Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

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What are the details of the event?

What:  Creative Entrepreneurs Summit
When: March 5, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 5PM
Where: Commune Café, 36 Polaris corner Durban Streets,  Poblacion, Makati City

What is the Creative Entrepreneurs Summit?

The Creative Entrepreneurs Summit is a gathering of creative professionals and aspiring creative minds intent to start a business that capitalizes on their talent and passions.

The event will feature creative professionals  who do not subscribe to the common notion that you need to starve to be an artist or work in the creative industry. They will share their experiences as a creative entrepreneur and serve as a source of learning and inspiration— something like a pep talk with both business sense and imaginative panache.

For our 2nd Creative Entrepreneurs Summit, Writer’s Block Philippines is proud to announce that we will have fashion photographer Niccolo Cosme and performance artist Carlos Celdran as our guest speakers. Niccolo and Carlos will give participants that needed fist pump to take the first leap (it’s never just a “baby step”) to starting their creative enterprise.

Why is this important for aspiring creative entrepreneurs?

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 our 2nd Writer’s Block Creative Entrepreneurs Summit, we have gathered creative geniuses, Niccolo Cosme and Carlos Celdran 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.

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 covers entrance and coffee to keep the creative juices flowing.

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.

Her longform narratives on women’s issues, sexual reproductive health rights and migrant mothers has been published in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, among others. She has a regular column in Rappler called DASH of SAS, a spin-off of her blog, Sex and Sensibilities.com

In 2014, Ana was named the Persephone Miel Fellow by the 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. She is currently working on another Pulitzer Center grant, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

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.