Fiction 101 — FAQs


What: Fiction 101

When: November 18, 2017 (Saturday),
1PM to 6PM

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

What is the event about?

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” Nathaniel Hawthorne sure knows what he’s talking about, as this statement holds true until now. Indeed, it takes a lot of effort, imagination, and time for writers to create stories that entertain readers.

We want to arm writers with the necessary tools to make the writing job easier with our upcoming workshop, FICTION 101. The event is open to all kinds of writers and storytellers, but aspiring fiction writers will most especially benefit from it, as they’ll discover the fundamentals here.

The workshop outline:

  • The Fiction Narrative
  • The Story Graph
  • Components of a Story
  • Writing Exercise + Critique

Who is the featured guest speaker?

Carl Javier will be facilitating the event.

Carl Javier joined Smarter Good as Editor and Writer after serving as a professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. Beginning his writing career as a beat reporter when he was a college freshman, over the past 15 years he has written for numerous print and online publications and contributed to a wide variety of projects ranging from technical writing like process manuals and reports, to biographies and coffee table books, to work in television and film.

Carl has authored books of fiction, essays, and poetry. He has been at the forefront of Filipino Komiks, serving as Managing Editor of the revitalized Anino Comics and co-editor of Abangan: The Best Philippine Komiks.

He holds a BA in English Studies and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines. He currently teaches Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

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 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. Just let us know so we can email you an invoice.

Is the payment refundable?

Writer’s Block Creative Enterprises Co. does not allow refunds on event payments. Failure to claim the seat during the said event will be deemed as a forfeiture of workshop reservation. In the event of such cancellation, the said participant agrees that any and all money paid to Writer’s Block Creative Enterprises Co. will be unrefundable.

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

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,,,,, 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.

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 

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email You can also check out our website:

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