By Writer’s Block Philippines
Guide to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the details of the workshop?
What: Feature Writing 101
When: September 17, 2011
Where: Powerbooks Greenbelt 4, 10AM to 6PM
What does the P2,500 course fee cover?
The P2,500 per head course fee covers
- Course fee
- Light snacks + drink
- Workshop kit inclusive of a CD containing workshop presentations
How can I pay for the workshop?
You can pay for the workshop via PayPal which you can access on www.writersblockphilippines.com or you can deposit your payment to
Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services
Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11
Once you’ve made the deposit, please email us a copy of the deposit slip so we can send you an Acknowledgment Receipt.
How will this workshop benefit me if I am —
An aspiring writer who has not yet been published
“FW101” aims to help you find your writer’s voice and uncover your writing style. The discussions will tackle common writing mistakes and common do’s and don’ts. The different feature stories and the effective ways of developing and writing a lead and storyline will also be discussed.
Already working as a freelance or full-time writer
We have had many participants who are already freelance or full-time writers. They welcome the chance to polish their writing techniques and uncover new ones. They also mostly enjoy and benefit from the group session where is each person’s work is critiqued.
What does the workshop cover?
You may view the course outline through www.writersblockphilippines.com.
Feature Writing 101: Course Outline
Writer’s Block Founders
The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines collectively have close to two decades of experience in freelance writing. Together, their works on lifestyle, travel, arts & culture, advocacy, sex & relationships, and women’s issues have been extensively published both locally and internationally.
Now that they have made freelance writing their full-time job, they will answer the questions they are most commonly asked: why freelance? And how do you make money from writing?
News vs. Features
We read, watch and listen to news all the time so we may all—in one way or another—be familiar with news writing, but what exactly is feature writing? Relating it to the more familiar writing form of news, we will talk about the differences between news and feature articles and cite examples of award-winning features.
Different Kinds of Feature Stories
From the personality feature to the travel and food feature, we will take you through the kinds of feature articles, what each should have, and how to make each one compelling, moving and relevant.
Finding a Story Angle
They say that there are many ways to skin a cat and in this exercise-led discussion, you will find out that there are many ways to tell a story. Just how many? That’s what this exercise aims to find out.
Asking the Right Questions
Asking the right questions is key to getting a good story. In this session, we will discuss what questions you should ask yourself before you take on an assignment and how to conduct good interviews.
Writing Techniques and Rituals
Intimidated by that blank piece of paper or that blinking cursor? We’ll talk about the different ways to get those creative juices flowing and some books that might help.
Writing a Lead
The lead is the first thing you will read in a story and, depending on how well it is written, can make you decide whether or not you want to go on reading. In this part of the workshop, we will talk about writing a good lead and its main function in storytelling.
Writing Your Story
We’ve gotten our story angles, our story material, and our lead. Now, let’s write the rest of the story. Participants will be given time to write a short feature. The group will break into small groups and discuss the piece for constructive feedback and critique.
Who is conducting the workshop?
The workshop will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a group of freelance writers who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance writing.
The founders of Writer’s Block are:
Ana Santos: sexual health rights and women’s issues
Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. Her last position was Assistant Vice President of a financial institution.
As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women in armed conflict, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues.
She is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos.
Nikka Sarthou: 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. Her last corporate post was Associate Lifestyle Editor at a major publishing company.
Currently, Nikka is a full-time freelance writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts. She is also the Content Editor of OfficiallyPhilippines.com, a website that aims to be the ultimate travel guide to the Philippines.
Nikka is also the Contributing Editor of Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific.
Nina Terol-Zialcita: arts / culture and advocacy
Nina has over 10 years of experience in corporate, non-profit and public sectors and has been engaged in independent consulting and freelance writing since 2003. She is currently the contributing features editor of Spark Magazine, deputy editor of ProPinoy.net, and a contributor to various print and online publications. Her work can also be seen in books by the Asian Development Bank, the Direct Sellers Association of the Philippines, the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations, and, just recently, The Inaugural, a coffeetable book about the campaign and presidency of Pres. Benigno Aquino III.
In 2010, Nina was a scholar at the European Journalism Institute in Prague, Czech Republic.Recently, Nina also took on the post of Editor-in-Chief for asianTraveler.
What do I need to bring to the workshop?
Please bring whatever writing materials you’ll need to take notes. Laptops are not recommended though as power outlets will be limited.
As a provision, you may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket.
Who do I call for more information about the workshop?
You can us through this number for more information: 0927.850.8280. You can also check the Writer’s Block Philippines at www.writersblockphilippines.com