A crash course on fiction writing

Writers usually have a cast of imaginary characters jumping  around in their heads. All it takes to make these colorful characters come alive on paper is a story — and a FICTION 101 writing workshop.

Our upcoming event will arm aspiring writers with the necessary tools to make the writing job easier. 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.

Know more about the fiction narrative, story graph, and components of a story from Carl Javier, our guest speaker who is an author and creative writing professor at a distinguished university. He has authored books of fiction, essays, and poetry, and he holds a BA in English Studies and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of the Philippines.

Registration is now open for “Fiction 101” happening on November 18, 2017, Saturday, 1:00 to 6:00PM in Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Please note that participants should be at least 18 years old. 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, ClickTheCity.com, Rappler.com, WhenInManila.com, and Brownroots Creatives.

Meet Carl Javier, our guest speaker and facilitator for FICTION 101

Sign up for Fiction 101 with sci-fi, comic book and fantasy geek Carl Javier on November 18, 2017!
 
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.
 
For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927. Visit www.writersblockphilippines.com for more details.

Fiction 101 — FAQs

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (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, 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.

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. 

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: putting passion and profit to work

What do a TV commercial director, an owner of a bookshop and communications agency, and freelance writers all have in common? They’ve all turned their creative talents into profitable creative enterprises. Indeed, the creative industry is growing and it’s the best time to be a creative entrepreneur.

Being one doesn’t just mean expressing your creativity but also sustaining the business so you can keep on doing what you love. In our upcoming event, “Creative Entrepreneurs Meet-Up”, well be featuring selected people from the industry who will share their respective success stories.

For the past three years, Writer’s Block Philippines has been hosting this event, which has featured a food blogger, host and lifestyle columnist, fashion photographer, and performance artist, in the past. This year, the roster of speakers includes Ana P. Santos & Nikka Sarthou-Lainez, the founders of Writer’s Block Philippines; Sid Maderazo, TV commercial director; Harris Guevarra, president of a communications agency and a bookstore owner; and, Karen Ferry-Fernandez, copywriter and author. Hear their trade secrets and mingle with other like-minded individuals over coffee as you discover tips on how to grow your creative enterprise.

The event is open to participants 18 years old and above, and the entrance fee includes coffee and snacks from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Registration is now open for “Creative Entrepreneurs Meet-Up” happening on September 30, 2017, 9am-2pm, at 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Net Lima Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For inquiries and reservations, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or contact 0917.397.9927.

Creative Entrepreneurs Meet-Up — FAQs

What are the details of the event?

What: Creative Entrepreneurs Meet-Up
When: September 30, 2017 (Saturday), 9AM to 2PM
Where: 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Net Lima Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

What is the event about?

This is the best time to be a creative entrepreneur. The creative industry is growing.

“A recent study showed that Philippine copyright-based industries contributed P661 billion to the local economy, equivalent to about 7.34 percent of GDP.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is a project of UNESCO launched in 2004 to promote cooperation among cities which recognized creativity as a major factor in their urban development.

On the global front, UNESCO launched the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) to promote cooperation among cities that recognized and supported creativity as a major driver of urban development.

Baguio City is hoping to become the country’s 1st “creative city” after submitting their bid to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network earlier this year.”

Creative entrepreneurs need to be in position to take advantage of this opportunity to plan their business and growth.

But because of the nature of the creative industry, some entrepreneurs may feel stumped about how to handle the business part like writing a business plan, managing money and growing the business.

There is a notion that creative people are not adept at numbers or business planning. We at Writer’s Block think that creative people need to be learn the basics of business in a way that is tailored to the creative mindset and environment.

To be a successful creative entrepreneur, one needs to learn the balance between passion and profit from other creatives.

For the 3rd Writer’s Block Philippines’ Creative Entrepreneurs Meet-Up, we have gathered selected creative geniuses 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 P700 fee per head which covers the entrance, food and coffee—everything you’ll need to get your creative juices flow.

How do I reserve a slot?

Simply sign up in our online registration form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0tAc6kBlTIoAW-C8ElVuxINzgBn0tqCc8eTiitBCls1ei6w/viewform)  to reserve a seat.

Who are the speakers at the event?

Ana P. Santos

Co-Founder of Writer’s Block Philippines | Public Health Journalist | 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow and Grantee, Pulitzer Center

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. 

Ana has covered sexual health rights and labor migration in Europe and the Middle East apart from the Philippines.

She was awarded the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow by 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.

In her latest project with the Pulitzer Center, Ana examines zina laws Qatar that criminalizes sex outside of marriage resulting in women going to jail together with their babies.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez

Co-Founder of Writer’s Block Philippines | Lifestyle journalist

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. 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 www.nikkasarthou.com. 

Harris Guevarra

President of Drink Sustainability Communications Agency | Owner, Uno Morato Bookstore & Poet 

Harris Guevarra is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Drink, an award-winning sustainability communications agency based in Manila. He has been leading the entire Drink team in the production and development of sustainability reports of some of the top corporations and organizations in the Philippines, including Energy Development Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation, Land Bank of the Philippines, Unionbank of the Philippines, and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation.

Prior to Drink, he worked as a copywriter for GMA Network and as a Creative Director for Alchemy Advertising. His television commercials have won various awards in advertising here and abroad, including Singapore’s Apollo Awards, which is also a first for the Philippines. He wrote and directed Iju-Sha, a documentary about the struggles of Filipino oversees workers in Japan, which premiered in Tokyo and Manila in September 2016. A published poet, his first book of poems Osana was published by High Chair Poetry Press last year.

He also owns and manages Uno Morato, an all-Filipino bookstore in the country that promotes independent and sustainable publishing. Harris graduated with a degree in Literature from De La Salle University-Manila in 2004 and is currently finishing a certification course on Business Sustainability Management from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Sid Maderazo

TV Commercial Director & Triathlete 

Sid is a TV commercial director and a triathlete who actively competes in local and international competitions. Sid has worked with international clients like Publicis Hong Kong for Nestle and Dreyer’s and Y&R Hong Kong for Colgate-Palmolive.

With hundreds of TV commercials under his belt and with advertising exposure spanning more than 20 years, Sid has truly gone the distance. Still, he strives to perfect his discipline and the art of 30 seconds.

Karen Ferry-Fernandez 

Copywriter | Author

A storyteller by passion, a writer by profession, and an artist by frustration.

Within 20 years, she has worked her way up from an ambitious copywriter to an Executive Creative Director in multinational advertising agencies. Once at the top, however, she started dabbling in freelancing.

8 years ago, she took the leap into becoming a fulltime independent professional. It was a young industry then, but she’s always been driven. She made a mark as a consultant for advertising boutiques and design studios, a formidable partner to production houses, and a go-to creativity churner for a roster of local and international clients. Her experiences laid the groundwork for a mission to help fellow freelancers survive this insane industry of self-sufficiency.

Despite her seemingly workaholic mien, Karen is, in fact, a firm believer in work-life balance, She is married for 15 years. She is the mother of 2 amazing boys who look up to her as a superhero. So she tries her best to be one for them everyday.

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 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.

 

 

Meet our speaker for “Engaging the Press: A Crash Course on Public Relations”

Alan German is our guest speaker at our upcoming workshop, “Engaging the Press: A Crash Course on Public Relations“.

This is happening on August 5, 2017, from 1pm to 6pm at Fully Booked BGC.

Alan has become one of the most recognizable and established individuals in Philippine Public Relations, particularly in the field of political messaging and campaign supervision, branding, consumer engagement, and crisis management.

The son of PR Guru Reli German, Alan is the capable successor of his father’s practice, in his current capacity as President of Agents International, Inc. Apart from heading day-to-day operations and formulating business development strategies, Alan likewise handles key accounts for corporate, political, and institutional clients.

His background in mathematics, economics, investment management, and private banking prior to stepping into the PR fray has proven to be the key differentiator for many clients. His unique ability to formulate the most remarkable PR campaigns have garnered him both industry awards and multinational implementation. He has been invited as a resource speaker by leading companies, universities, and marketing organizations.

For workshop inquiries, contact (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com.

Engaging the Press: A Crash Course on Public Relations — FAQs

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

What: Engaging the Press: A Crash Course on Public Relations

When: August 5, 2017 (Saturday),
1PM to 6PM

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

 

What is the event about?

This workshop will give an overview of the role Public Relations plays in the integrated marketing communication mix and will emphasize how PR can be maximized for brand building.

At the end of the workshop, participants will know how to develop an effective media relations strategy and draft press releases that tell powerful brand stories.

The workshop covers:

  1. Public Relations in Integrated Marketing Communications
  2. Media Relations Strategy: Knowing what journalists look for and drafting a media cascade plan
  3. Writing a Press Release

 

Who is the guest speaker?

The workshop will feature Alan German, President at Agents International Public Relations.

Alan has become one of the most recognizable and established individuals in Philippine Public Relations, particularly in the field of political messaging and campaign supervision, branding, consumer engagement, and crisis management.

The son of PR Guru Reli German, Alan is the capable successor of his father’s practice, in his current capacity as President of Agents International, Inc. Apart from heading day-to-day operations and formulating business development strategies, Alan likewise handles key accounts for corporate, political, and institutional clients.

His background in mathematics, economics, investment management, and private banking prior to stepping into the PR fray has proven to be the key differentiator for many clients. His unique ability to formulate the most remarkable PR campaigns have garnered him both industry awards and multinational implementation. He has been invited as a resource speaker by leading companies, universities, and marketing organizations.

Who is the event for?

This workshop is ideal for people working in public relations or those who manage a small business enterprise. We envision this workshop to benefit students thinking about the career path they want to pursue, junior account managers at PR firms, communications officers of development agencies and small entrepreneurs who have to be CEO (Chief of Everything Officer) of their business.

 

How much is the registration fee?

There is a P2,500 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, 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.

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. 

 

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.

Personal Styling with Donna Cuna-Pita — FAQs

GUIDE TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

What: Personal Styling with Donna Cuna-Pita

When: July 15, 2017 (Saturday), 2PM to 5PM

Where: 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Net Lima Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

What is the event about?

Fashion stylist to the stars and former Cosmopolitan Philippines Fashion Director Donna Cuna-Pita will give us insider tips on how you can channel your inner fashionista every day without breaking the bank.

This event is part of Brew Your Best Year series. Writer’s Block Philippines together with Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf are working together to bring you creativity and personality development sessions.

 Who is the guest speaker?

Donna was the fashion director of Summit Media Inc., handling some of the company’s top titles (Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Candy, Preview, FHM) while being Cosmopolitan Philippines’ fashion director. She is currently a freelance fashion stylist for print ads, TV commercials, and celebrities. She is also a speaker on fashion and image and a lifestyle writer for the Philippine Star.

 Who is this event for?

Anyone can attend this event! The office girl who wants to know how to dress for the job she wants to have, the college student who needs to figure out her personal style, the mom who wants to know how to not look losyang on a budget.

The event is for everyone and anyone who wants to look good without going broke.

 How much is the registration fee?

There is a P800 fee per person which covers entrance, coffee and snacks. There will be great company and stimulating conversation but those come free! 🙂

 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, 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.

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. 

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.

Meet our guest speaker for FEATURE WRITING 101: Kristine Fonacier

Kristine Fonacier in the house!

We’re stoked to have Kristine Fonacier, editor in chief of Esquire Philippines, as our guest speaker at our Feature Writing 101 workshop this Saturday, July 1!

Kristine Fonacier is a widely published magazine writer and editor, whose byline is often found 30,000 to 40,000 feet above sea level, while the author herself likes to be found at least 60 feet underwater. She lives in Metro Manila, and currently owns 0 motorcycles.

For inquiries about the workshop, contact 0917.397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com.

Learn how to write publish-worthy feature pieces

Good writing has the power to inform, influence and move people. But with the clutter in what we see and read, it’s harder to decipher what good writing is. “Feature Writing 101” will give you the fundamentals of feature writing that will make your writing stand out.

Facilitating the workshop will be Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez of Writer’s Block Philippines (WBP), an organization dedicated to empowering writers, communicators, and creative entrepreneurs. Seven years, dozens of workshops, and hundreds of participants later, WBP continues to motivate writers to pursue their passion.

“Those still trying to find their writer’s voice would best benefit from this particular workshop,” shares Santos, a journalist who focuses on women and gender issues. She is a regular columnist in Rappler and as the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, her work on labor migration has been published in The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

“We’ll be discussing the different kinds of feature articles and how to put more oomph in your stories. We’re proud to say that some of our past participants have already been published that’s why we’ll have another run of this workshop,” says Sarthou-Lainez, a full-time freelance writer who was chosen as one of the five Asian representatives for Moleskine’s Modern Nomads in 2012.

Registration is now open for “Feature Writing 101” happening on July 1, 2017, Saturday, 1:00 to 6:00PM 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 Fully Booked, ClickTheCity.com, Rappler.com, WhenInManila.com, and Brownroots Creatives.