Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career (2017)

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What are the details of the workshop?

What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career

When: February 18, 2016 (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 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/e/1FAIpQLSfv7ywYvlly9tZoBTPGR3DTQiAWHKnhY8XiSxR6uPFnyW4Wug/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 or via Paypal. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI

Account name: Writer’s Block Creative Enterprises Co.

Account number: Current account 1751 0828 82

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 (writersblockphilippines.com).

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.

In  2014, she was named the Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and did a series of reports on Filipino migrant mothers in Dubai and Paris. Her other Pulitzer Center grants include  reports on HIV in the Philippines and young Filipino women who go to Denmark on a cultural exchange program as an au pair.

Ana has a regular column in Rappler while some of her full-length features have been published in the The Atlantic, The Los Angeles TImes,  Deutsche Welle – Germany  and Foreign Policy.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / food & travel

With the belief that writing can take you places and traveling can inspire you to write, Nikka pursued a career as a lifestyle journalist. Her work has taken her to her dream destinations, which she has written about, and which have been immortalized in various print and online publications.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, she got her feet wet in the local publishing industry before becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, she has written several features for asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Mango, Metro, Metro Society, ClicktheCity.com, Spot.ph, Herword.com, Homegrown.ph, GMA News Online, Rappler, and WayToGo powered by Smile magazine.

Nikka has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado. With her work, she was able to interact with movie celebrities, former ambassadors, inspiring entrepreneurs, and other interesting personalities. Aside from meeting and interviewing different characters, she particularly enjoys writing about travel, food, and other lifestyle-related features.

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.

She was formerly a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air, and was also a part-time writer for Philippine Tatler.

She never takes off her writer’s hat even when on vacation since she believes that anything can be turned into a story. View Nikka’s portfolio at www.nikkasarthou.com. 

Guest speaker: Irish Christianne Dizon

Irish is a 30-year-old freelance writer and editor from Pasay City. She took up Integrated Marketing Communications at the University of Asia & The Pacific—because she didn’t know what she wanted to be when she grew up. She never expected to end up writing for a living. In fact, before becoming the editor-in0chief of Team Real: Your All-Access Pass Into James Reid & Nadine Lustre’s World; before becoming a contributing editor for The Philippine Star Supreme, she floated from one unrelated job to another. i.e., associate at Kumon, marketing executive at BreadTalk, learning specialist at IBM, and finally, as the associate lifestyle and entertainment editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. You can read her stuff in magazine like Preview, Good Housekeeping, Rogue, Candy, and Chalk, as well as on websites like Spot.ph and Stylebible.ph. Her writing style is straightforward, and she has a penchant for profiling figures people love to hate (i.e. Mocha Uson). When she’s not beating a deadline, she’s most likely reading, listening and dancing to hiphop, watching the latest Filipino movie in cinemas, or raising hell on Twitter.

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.

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