Learn the building blocks of writing feature articles

Feature Writing 101 (July 2016)

Whether you are an aspiring writer or someone who finally has the time to pursue his passion late in life, you should always find time for higher learning. It’s never too late to learn a new skill, especially writing, which you can hone with regular practice.

Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP), an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs, will have another run of its popular workshop, “Feature Writing 101” on July 16, Saturday, 1:00 to 6:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

“It covers the basics of writing feature pieces fit for general themes. We’ll share our tried-and-tested tips on how to write effective feature articles that you would be proud to sign with your byline,” says Ana P. Santos, WBP Co-Founder and a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. Santos is a regular columnist in Rappler 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.

“Aside from discussing the different kinds of feature stories, we’ll also talk about finding a story angle, and other related topics,” says Sarthou-Lainez, the other half of WBP and a lifestyle writer who contributes 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. Since then, they have continued to organize writing workshops and other similar events.

Myrza Sison, editoral director of Cosmopolitan Philippines, will be the guest speaker at the Feature Writing 101 workshop. Model-turned-fashion editor Sison started Cosmo Philippines in 1997 and launched under successful titles under Summit Publishing like the local edition of Marie Claire.

Registration is now ongoing for “Feature Writing 101”. 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, Sosro Fruit Tea, and Brownroots Creatives.

GRID Magazine’s Managing Editor will be out guest speaker at Travel the Write Way

Nina Unlay

We’re stoked to welcome GRID Magazine’s Managing Editor, Nina Unlay, as our guest speaker at the upcoming Travel the Write Way writing workshop!

Resident super multi-tasker and deputy managing editor of GRID Magazine, Nina graduated with a double degree in Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies from Ateneo de Manila University. She has been working and writing for GRID for two years now, and her misadventures include vehicular accidents, jungle training and lots of getting lost.

Travel the Write Way is on June 18 (Saturday), 1pm-6pm at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City. Slots are limited. Please call / text
0917.397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com to sign up.

Travel the Write Way (second run for 2016) FAQs

TTWW

What are the details of the workshop?

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

When: June 18, 2016 (Saturday),
1PM to 6PM

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

Who is this workshop for?

We know summer is over, but we’re pretty sure you have a lot of travel experiences that you want to put on paper. Instead of simply writing in your diary—which has become passé—why not start a blog or aim to write for publications? This way, you would be able to share your thoughts, travel tips, and experiences to a much bigger audience.

Let “Travel the Write Way” help you filter your ideas and so you can compose better travel stories that your readers would appreciate.

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

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 (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/134_JeH3R8mVU4cgSD9NXj7GFfWZrJEynFR2d2ovkfJc/viewform) 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 was formerly a Contributing Editor in Smile magazine.

 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.

Feature Writing 101 FAQs

Feature Writing 101 workshop

What are the details of the event?

What: Feature Writing 101 Workshop

When: July 16, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM

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

 

What is the workshop about?

Do you want to take your writing skills to the next level and maybe see your name in print? Writing is not just about stringing words together. For those who want to be serious or published writers, you need to arm yourself with the necessary tools to write for any publication.

 

Our Feature Writing 101 workshop covers the basics of writing feature pieces fit for general themes. It will basically focus on the building blocks of effective feature articles that you would be proud to sign with your byline.

 

Who can attend the event?

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, freelancer, someone who works in communications, or someone simply interested in writing better, this serves as a chance to hone your writing techniques and uncover new ones. You don’t have to be a published writer to participate in the event, but you have to be at least 18 years old though.

 

This introduction to feature writing class would especially benefit:

  • aspiring writers
  • freelance writers
  • bloggers
  • social media / community managers
  • those working in public relations and other related fields
  • those working in the field of communications (i.e. corporate affairs, public information, communication officers)
  • anyone who wants to write better

 

What is the course outline?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • News vs. features
  • Different kinds of feature stories
  • Finding a story angle
  • Putting more oomph in your story
  • Writing hacks
  • Writing the lead of your story

 

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”.

 

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 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 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 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 awarded the Persephone Miel Fellowship by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and produced a series of stories about migrant mothers in Paris and Dubai.   Her other Pulitzer Center grants include “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency” and “Au Pairs: The Dirty Work of Cultural Exchange”.   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, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online, Rappler, and WayToGo powered by Smile magazine. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

 

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.