Explore your child’s creativity with this writing lab for teens

TWS 2016

Manila, Philippines – Instead of letting your teen spend hours playing games in his gadgets, why not let him do something productive this summer season? Just for a day, let your young adult develop his writing skills in a fun way.

Writer’s Block Philippines will be hosting “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens” on April 16, 2016, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

Facilitating the workshop will be Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, two freelance writers who put up Writer’s Block Philippines in 2010, an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs.

“If you see that your child has an interest in reading or writing, better take that opportunity to help develop his communication skills through this writing workshop where we’ll be sharing tips and techniques on developing your writer’s voice,” says Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. “Start them young!”

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.

“We’ll offer a fun way of learning how to craft stories with the use of Talecraft, a story-creation card game,” said Sarthou-Lainez, a lifestyle writer. 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.

Talecraft Founder, Ria Lu, will be there to help the young writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. This workshop is open to ages 13 to 18. Participants will get to bring home their own set of Talecraft cards and story creation notebooks.

Registration is now open for “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens” happening on April 16, 2016, Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. 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 Freelancer.com, Fully Booked, Rappler.com, ClickTheCity.com, and WhenInManila.com.

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

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With the philosophy that writing is both art and craft, both creative and methodical, Writer’s Block Philippines offers a space for writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and grow.

The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens

TWS 2016

Guide to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What are the details of the workshop?

What: The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens
When: April 16, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 5PM
Where: U-View, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City

What is the workshop about?

Do you have a teen who loves to read and write? Do you believe he has the potential to become a writer? If you’re looking for a productive activity for your kid this summer season, sign him up for “The Write Stuff: A Writing Lab for Teens”.

In this half-day workshop, the Founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will share different writing techniques and help your child discover his writer’s voice. While Talecraft creator, Ria Lu, will discuss the basics of fiction writing, character design, and story creation.

What is Talecraft?

Talecraft is a story-creation card game designed to help writers break out of mental block and create stories with genres and characters that are outside of what they usually like to create. There are three types of cards in Talecraft: the Genre cards, the Archetype cards, and the Key cards. Players need to pick cards from each type and create a story based on what they’ve picked. For more information about the game, please visit http://talecraft.komikasi.com.

Who can attend the event?

Ideally, participants should be teenagers between the ages of 13 to 18 years who generally have an interest in writing and want to hone their skills, especially in the following topics: 

  • fiction writing
  • feature writing
  • journaling

How much is the registration fee?

There is a PhP3,000 fee per participant, which covers the course fee, Talecraft cards, and workshop kit. 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.

Guest speaker: Ria Lu, Creator of Talecraft

Ria Lu is the President/CEO of Komikasi Games and Entertainment, Inc., the development company responsible for some of the award-winning Advergames in the country. Ria graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the De La Salle University, Manila; and has taken up Computer Graphics for Games at the Tokyo Technical College. She is also currently the immediate Past-President of the Soroptimist International Club Parañaque, a socio-civic organization advocating the betterment of the lives of women and girls; and she is also a board member of the Game Developers’ Association of the Philippines. Ria is also the creator of the Talecraft and Flirt card games.

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.