FAQS — Wired 2.0: Social Media Engagement and Planning

Wired 2.0
What are the details of the event?
What: Wired 2.0: Social Media Engagement and Planning
When: August 20, 2016 (Saturday), 1PM to 6PM
Where: U-View (basement), Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
What is the workshop about?
This workshop on covers all the important basics of social media engagement: overview of social media in the Philippines, trends, engagement strategies, and measuring tools.
The workshop aims to provide participants with the fundamentals of social media engagement strategies:
1. An understanding of social media use and attitudes in the Philippines
2. Messaging strategies and tools
3. Understand audience perception and behavior
4. The basics of creating effective social media plans, materials and campaigns
Who can attend the event?
If you own a business, manage a brand or personality or are anyone who wants to capitalize on the power of social media, “Wired 2.0: Social Media Engagement and Planning” is for you.
This workshop is ideal for:
1.) Anyone who manages a brand or a media personality
2.) Entrepreneurs who want to expand their reach through social media platforms
3.) Advocacy groups, non-profit organizations / development organizations and members of government who depend on social media to engage with their various stakeholders
4.) Social media managers–both independent and employed–who oversee on-line communities
*NOTE: This workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above.
What is the course outline?
The workshop will discuss the following topics: 
  • Advocacy Through Social media
  • The Rules of Engagement: Reaching, Influencing and Measuring
  • Social Media Planning and Implementation
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/1ccgzOz3XeiQIMGJ07-uIMfJYRCEchZHz33uGWH7MLsw/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”.
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.
Similar to buying tickets for a play or a concert, please note that your seat will only be guaranteed or reserved once payment has been made.
Is there a deadline for signing up?
We will close the registration once all the slots have been filled up — and some workshops tend to fill up quickly so we urge you to pay and reserve your seat as soon as possible. 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 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 in Washington, D.C. and produced a series of stories about migrant mothers in Paris and Dubai called, “Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?” 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 while some of her full-length features have been published in the Washington Post, The Atlantic and The Guardian.
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.
WIRED 2.0 will also feature the following guest speakers:
Jason Cruz
Business Lead Director for Social Products, New Business, and Strategy for MRM//McCann Manila, the four-peat Campaign Asia Digital Agency of the Year, and digital arm of McCann Worldgroup Philippines.
Jason is also a lecturer at the IIDM Certified Digital Marketer program. His social media marketing website is listed by Social Media Examiner in the Top 24 Social Media Blogs of 2013, and he has professional publications on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Medium, and LinkedIn. He currently has over a hundred brand involvements in four years with McCann Worldgroup Philippines. He is the first MRM//McCann employee from the Asia-Pacific region to be featured on the Employee Spotlight, found on the company’s global website. His social marketing strategies are experienced in the industry through some of the country’s biggest brands and businesses, and he is a frequent face at industry events as a speaker and thought-leader. Outside of social- and digital marketing, Jason holds a Kettlebell Fitness Trainer – Level 1 (KFT-1) certification, is a trained Emergency Medical Responder, and an adventure hiker.
Rocel Ann Junio
Rocel is a communications consultant and digital strategist with almost 10 years of experience in multimedia publishing, project management, creative direction, and digital marketing. She collaborates with local and international non-profits, government institutions, and entrepreneurs.
Dante Gagelonia
Dante is a communications consultant and project manager with Puzzled Owl, a partnership of like-minded writers and editors. He has worked in the academe, most notably as an English instructor at the University of the Philippines Diliman and as the publications coordinator of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. He has also worked with the Probe Media Foundation as one of the proponents of the Mulat Pinoy-Kabataan News Network social media initiative, and has pursued advocacy work related to population and development. Dante has also been published in Entrepreneur Magazine, GMA News Online, K-Zone, and the Fully Booked Zine. Outside of work, Dante co-produces two of Metro Manila’s regular after-hours events: the pop-culture quiz GeekFight Trivia Night, and the comedic erotica performance Deus Sex Machina.
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.

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.

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.

WRITING FOR GAMES (FAQS)

Writing for Games

What are the details of the workshop?

What: Writing for Games

When: May 21, 2016 (Saturday),
1PM to 5PM

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

Who is this workshop for?

Some dream of making video games, some simply want to write them. Take that first step and learn how to write for video games with this introductory workshop “Writing for Games” happening on May 21, 2016, 1-5pm in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Writer’s Block Philippines is collaborating with Talecraft creator, Ria Lu, in this specialized workshop.

This is especially ideal for the following:

  • aspiring game writers
  • game designers
  • freelance writers
  • hobbyists

Participants should be at least 18 years old.

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.

What can I learn from this workshop?

The workshop will discuss the following topics:

  • Narrative in Different Media
  • Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing for Games
  • A Study on Different Successful Stories in Games
  • Creating Characters in Games
  • Narrative and Game Progression
  • Endings

 How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 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?

We will close the registration on May 20 or once all the slots have been filled up, whichever comes first. 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?

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 will host the event.

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, 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.

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.

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.

Discover online writing hacks and more at “Wired 2.0: Writing for the Web & Social Media”

Wired 2.0

Did you know from being the world’s most active texters, Filipinos are now the world’s most active and social people online? If you have a smartphone, tablet or a laptop, chances are, you’re almost always connected to the World Wide Web. Using such gadgets affects the way we communicate and send messages, as well as how we write and craft them.

Let Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP) guide you how to effectively write for the online audience with its upcoming workshop, Wired 2.0: Writing for the Web & Social Media, on September 19, 2015 (Saturday), 1-6pm at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City.

If you own a business, manage a brand, or you simply want to capitalize on the power of the Internet and social media, this workshop is for you. WBP Co-Founders, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, will help participants understand the characteristics of the different social media platforms and its nuances, and share their tips on how to craft online content that would reach your target audience.

 

Registration for the workshop is now ongoing and there is a course fee of P1,800. To reserve a slot, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927.

This event is made possible by Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Rappler, and Freelancer.com.

The Professional Writer-Mama: How to get on the pro writing path while raising the kids

The Professional Writer-Mama

Being a work-at-home mama faces a unique set of challenges. Being a writer comes with its set of hurdles as well.

For those who are hands-on parents and also writing from home, the situation is even trickier. You may be an experienced writer or just starting out (or even still considering this career idea), but the complicated set-up remains. For one, when does one find the time to focus and put the words down?

If you feel that it is your calling to become a writer, then it’s time to get your act together.

Do you ditch your chores and your kids and your household management duties? No, you get help.

You attend The Professional Writer-Mama workshop.

Writer’s Block Philippines will arm you with the necessary tools you need to start a professional career in writing—specifically, while raising the kids. The first run of the custom-made The Professional Writer-Mama workshop will be on August 22 (Saturday) 1:30pm-5:30pm at U-View, Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

For this, Writer’s Block founders, Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, are collaborating with editor/writer (and mom) Candice Lopez-Quimpo to help attendees chart their writing paths.

This workshop has been especially created to tackle real-life writing dilemmas, while taking the in consideration real-life parenting obligations.

The course outline is designed to work with the realities of working from home, to present productivity solutions, and to identify writing opportunities. We will be focusing on the following topics:

  • The myths and realities of working and writing from home while raising kids
  • Productivity and task management hacks
  • Anatomy of a professional writer-mama
  • Opportunities out there: realistic options for writers
  • How to pitch to potential publications and clients
  • How to be a true Professional Writer-Mama

If you’re a mom who wants to write, but feels overwhelmed or limited by your parenting duties, then do sign up.

Don’t let real life get in the way of becoming a professional writer. You can write while cheap essay writing raising the kids, you just need to arm yourself with the best techniques.

PS: Interested dads who write from home are welcome, too.

Registration is now open and there are only limited slots available! 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 Fully Booked, 2nd Avenue, BusinessWorld, Rappler, and Freelancer.com.

WIRED 2.0: WRITING FOR THE WEB & SOCIAL MEDIA: Guide to Frequently Asked Questions

Wired 2.0

What are the details of the workshop?

What:  Wired 2.0 Writing for the Web & Social Media

When: September 19, 2015 (Saturday),
 1PM to 6PM

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

Who should attend this workshop?

If you own a business, manage a brand or personality or are anyone who wants to capitalize on the power of social media, “Wired 2.0: Writing for the Web and Social Media” is for you.

  • Social media manager managing or promoting your company brand.
  • An independent social media manager whose services are contracted by other companies.
  • Someone working in advocacy, development or government who is looking for alternative channels to reach out to target audience.
  • An entrepreneur who wants to tap social media as a cost effective way to communicate her business.

*NOTE: This workshop is open to participants who are 18 years old and above.

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P1,800 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.

NOTE: Registering online does not guarantee you a seat. You’ll only get a confirmed slot once you settle the workshop fee.

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 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 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.

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.

Most recently, she was named the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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

The Regional Director of Freelancer.com will be our workshop guest speaker!

Evan Tan

Calling all freelance writers! Guess who will be our guest speaker for our upcoming workshop, Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career?

None other than, Evan Tan,  the Regional Director for Southeast Asia of Freelancer.com. It’s the world’s largest freelancing marketplace in terms of users and projects.

As a seasoned communications professional, he has written for and contributed to various publications such as the Manila Times, Philippines Graphic, 2nd Opinion Magazine, e27, and Catalyst Asia. He has been featured in different media locally and regionally, such as Channel News Asia, Bloomberg Malaysia, Star World, Interaksyon, GMA News, and When in Manila, among many others. He is also the Administrative Head of pioneering HIV advocacy organization The Red Whistle. He blogs at his website, Writer in Manila (www.writerinmanila.com).

Discover freelance writing opportunities from him at our upcoming workshop. Register online now! For inquiries, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927.