Discovery Reports Group is looking for a Business Writer

Discovery Reports Group Limited is dedicated to producing special country business reports for the South China Morning Post, Asia’s leading and most awarded English language newspaper.  These reports are read by key global business leaders, influential decision makers and opinion leaders providing an important source of information for the Asian and global business community. The reports are meant to promote partnership, investment and business opportunities between the companies featured and the Asian business community both via an article and an accompanying advertisement for double exposure. Whilst they strengthen trade and business relations, the reports are a unique tool to promote economies and the individual expertise of companies throughout the world.


JOB DESCRIPTION:            Business Writer
JOB LOCATION:                    Philippines
REPORTS TO:                         Editor


  • Write business articles and corporate profiles on global companies
  • Transcribe interviews
  • Edit articles
  • Proofread reports
  • Conduct research on companies operating in different sectors and countries
  • Work full time from home during different shifts with tight deadlines


  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor’s/College Degree in any field
  • At least 5 years of working experience in business writing is required for this position
  • Applicants should be detail oriented, conscientious, proactive, self-motivated and willing to learn, adjust and adapt to the various demands and requirements of the job
  • Required language(s): English
  • Must speak English fluently and possess professional verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be organized, diligent, proactive, very detail oriented and function independently
  • Excellent internet research skills
  • Applicants must be willing to work full time from home
  • This is a full time position with fixed hours dependent on shifting, candidate should not have other full time or part time obligations
  • Applicants should be Filipino citizens or hold relevant residence status
Please send your CV and writing samples to:

Job openings in Travelite Magazine

Travelite is a quarterly travel magazine for elite travellers. The magazine has an international circulation focused on the Asia-Pacific region. Our readers are discerning individuals who are passionate about travelling in style and sophistication.

We are looking for creative, articulate writers with a passion for travel and lifestyle.

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Travelite is a quarterly travel magazine for elite travellers. The magazine has an international circulation focused on the Asia-Pacific region. Our readers are discerning individuals who are passionate about travelling in style and sophistication.

We are looking for creative, articulate writers with a passion for travel and lifestyle.

Job Description

The writer is responsible for researching and writing articles for the magazine and the website. Duties also include proofreading and editing all print and online contents, as well as assisting the Editor with all editorial-related activities.


  • Graduate of a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Creative Writing or equivalent
  • Excellent English reading, writing and proofreading skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel
  • Fast learner and a good team player
  • Publishing experience a plus

Status: 2 Full-time positions open

Location: Quezon City, Philippines

To Apply: Send your resumes and writing portfolio to

How Does One Become a Writer?

“How does one become a writer?”
This is one question that we’re frequently asked in our workshops and in correspondence with Writer’s Block Philippines. So, for inspiration, we’re turning to one of the Philippines’ greatest literary figures and educators and are sharing her own thoughts to this question.
“How Does One Become A Writer?” (An excerpt from Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo)

TRYING to answer a graduate student’s question as to how I became a writer, I chose the quick easy answer: I was an avid reader. She then pulled out notebook and ball pen and asked me to give her a short list of where she should start.

“Start?” I repeated. “But aren’t you already a reader?” She shrugged. “Now and then. This and that. Not really.” She obviously saw no vital connection between writing and reading.

We talked about how she spends her free time. She’s online a great deal: surfing, blogging, Facebook-ing. When she’s not online she’s watching movies on her laptop. Or listening to music on her Ipod. Or downloading music. She meets up with friends and goes malling, or gimmicking. Sometimes she checks out art exhibits held in small galleries or cafes all over the city. She has participated in two international comic book conferences.  I have no doubt that if these options had been available in my youth, that’s how I would have been spending my spare time too. Would I have become a writer? I truly don’t know the answer to that one.

Meeting Samantha Sotto

It’s not everyday that we come across a book author–and an international one at that! Last December 10, we had a chance to meet Samantha Sotto, author of Before Ever After, during our meet-and-greet event and book signing in Le Bistro Vert.

We were delighted to hear her story on how she got published for the first time. Not being a writer by profession, she narrated how she began to write the book while she waited for her son in school, and then pursued being a published author by simply following the tips she found in a book. She discovered that you have to find an agent if you want to get published abroad. “You have to give the agent a flavor of how you write,” according to Samantha. After a series of sending out query letters and getting rejections, she finally found someone who believed in her book. Thus, the birth of Before Ever After.

It was inspiring to hear her journey as writer and get tips from her, as she shared her knowledge during the Q&A portion. For aspiring authors out there, she gave a practical piece of advice: “Don’t look at trends… The next big book is going to be what people haven’t thought of yet.”

While guests lined up for the book signing and photo-op, they were treated to drinks from Le Bistro Vert and the early-birds got Nivea gift packs, too.

A Letter from One Young Writer to Another



Dear young writer,

When I say “young,” it can mean either in age or in career. I’m both. I’m 23 years old, and I just graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in English Studies.

I am writing this letter to you because I am a writer. Or at least, that’s what people call me. I started writing stories when I was about six years old. Inspired by Sweet Valley Kids, I created a world with twins named Lea and Lou, and my dad would type my handwritten notes and print them out so I could feel like I was getting published.

Ten years later, I started getting published in magazines. Then newspapers. Then a couple of books and literary journals.

Though I think I’m far from being a Writer (yes, with a capital W), I do write quite a lot. As a freelance writer and social media practitioner, I write for a living.

Here are ten things I’ve learned along the way:

1.    Read. A lot. I don’t just mean crossing off the titles on the 100 Books You Should Read Before You Die list, but read anything and everything: graffiti scrawled on the bathroom door, quotes painted at the back of jeepneys and trucks, and statement t-shirts. It’s fascinating how words and punctuation marks behave in different contexts. You’ll also discover nuances and insights to a culture when you have a heightened awareness for the way thoughts and sentences are constructed.

Also, you become the writer you read. You wanna become a copywriter? Pay more attention to ads, brochures, and billboards. You wanna be a feature writer? Fill your bookshelves with nonfiction anthologies and subscribe to your favorite magazine.

2.    Have a love affair with language, fonts, words, and punctuation marks. As a writer, these are your most powerful tools. Keep a notebook with your favorite words and phrases. Know the difference between serif and sans serif. Find out what an Oxford comma is.

While you’re at it, please look up what the most common grammatical mistakes are. You’ll be surprised at how many you’ve been using. It’s not, “I’m craving for…” but “I have a craving for…” or “I’m craving a (fill in the blank).” You were not born on December, but in. Stop yourself from saying “literally” after every sentence, too. When you say your best friend literally has your back, that means you’re holding her spine.

This love affair with language doesn’t necessarily mean using big words all the time. Sometimes, young writers use hifalutin words to sound impressive, but they end up sounding silly instead. Don’t pull out the thesaurus every chance you get. The purpose of writing is to communicate.

3.    Embrace criticism. Toughen up, for there will be a lot of this coming your way. It’s inescapable. When I took my first writing workshop, my piece, which my 16-year-old self thought was brilliant, was shown in class as an example of how not to write. In first year college, my first fiction piece was returned with angry red marks and a short note: “Ew. You have no sense of plot.” In my last year, my professor looked at a press release I wrote and said, “To say that your newswriting sucks is an understatement.”

Your professors, editors, and mentors give criticism because they want you to improve. Be more worried when they don’t say anything. What matters is what you do with this criticism. Cry if you have to, but make sure you walk back to your computer and start rewriting.

4.    Experiment with different methods and processes to let your creativity flow. There’s no right way to write, only a right way for you. Some can work in public areas like cafés, while others prefer the privacy of their own homes. A change of scenery can do wonders for your work (may be negative or positive). If you can write with music, create different playlists, because music can and will influence your mood (again, may be negative or positive). My current one has Adele, Up Dharma Down, and Beyonce. When you don’t like the way your paragraphs flow, rearrange the sequence. Start with the ending or middle. Delete an entire paragraph.

5.    Getting published is a combination of luck and abnormal persistence. There are times when an editor will stumble upon your work and ask if you are interested to write for his/her publication. But often, you will need to do you share of “selling” yourself. Build your résumé and select a few writing samples to send to different publications. Always tailor your résumé and writing samples to the job you are applying for.

6.    Read some more.

7.    SAVE YOUR WORK. Technology is both a boon and bane. Nothing hurts more than working on an article for hours only to have an unexpected virus or blackout ravage your work. Buy an external hard drive, carry USB flash drives in your bag or with your keys, and make a separate email address just dedicated to your work so you can access it wherever you are.

8.    Protect your name. To borrow one of the greatest lessons I learned from one of this country’s greatest writers, Dr. Butch Dalisay: “Whether you’re getting paid 5,000 or 500,000, you have to treat each project with the same respect and seriousness. It carries your name, after all.”

9.    Be professional. There is a misconception that being a professional writer simply means getting paid to write. Hard work always trumps talent. You may move people with your words, but if you don’t show up on time for events and interviews, or you don’t meet deadlines, there’s a huge chance that you won’t be writing for that publication again.

10. Have an insatiable appetite for learning. Don’t fall into a read-write-rinse-repeat cycle. Go out, talk to people, take a course on wine or coffee, or memorize at least 10 endemic Philippine species. Good writers know a little something about everything. Be a jack of all trades, and aspire to be a master of all, too.

And most of all, write. Writing is a skill that can continue to approve and develop.

Keep writing.





Anna Oposa was a participant at the Walk Write This Way 1.0 in June 2010. That’s where Writer’s Block Philippines first discovered her intense drive to save the Philippine seas (it’s a trait that probably runs in the genes), her insatiable wanderlust, and her instinctive ability to find a good story to write about in almost everything.  Anna’s work has been published in asianTraveler, Illustrado, and, among others.

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Spotlight on Carren Jao

This week, Writer’s Block Philippines shines the spotlight on Carren Jao, a writer and communications professional from Manila with a Master’s in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University’s renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

For over five years, Carren has honed her skills in the fields of journalism, marketing, and public relations. She has been covering the arts and culture beat for local and international publications. Her byline can be seen in Architect’s Newspaper, Bluprint Magazine, Contemporary Art Philippines, LAist, and Surface Asia Magazine, among others.

We were fortunate enough to do some brainpicking with Carren and got her to share her perspective on writing about arts and culture. Here are some excerpts on our interview with her.


As a writer, what made you interested in the art beat in the first place?

Creativity, in all forms, has always fascinated me. I used to wonder what the inner workings of a creative mind would be like and I guess my involvement in arts journalism was just an extension of that.


Tell us more about your scholarship to Syracuse and the Arts Journalism program in the University. What was the most important thing that you learned while in J-school?

The Master’s in Arts Journalism from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University is one-year super condensed crash course in what it takes to be a journalist in the 21st century combined with an eye toward the arts.

The most practical lesson that I learned was really the digital skills. A good journalist nowadays has great fundamentals (can get the facts and write it well), but she also has to know how to best tell a story.


How did you officially break into the arts journalism scene in the U.S.?

First off, I would say, writers write. They don’t talk about writing or dream of it. They do it.


Find out her other insights on being a writer and more in our upcoming workshop, “An Introduction to Writing about Arts and Culture,” on October 8 in Yuchengco Museum. For details and registration, please contact Yuchengco Museum at 889-1234 or

Feature Writing 101 (v.2.0) happens on September 17, 2011. Reserve a slot now!

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Feature Writing 101 is back!

We’re thrilled to announce the we’re bringing back Feature Writing 101, our best-selling workshop that aims to equip participants with the basics of writing features so that they can pursue their passions and live to write about it! To many, there’s nothing better than doing what you love to do and getting published and paid for it.

The workshop will be facilitated by the founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, who each has years of writing and editing under her belt. Ana Santos is Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine;Nikka Sarthou is Contributing Editor at Smile, the inflight magazine of Cebu Pacific; and Nina Terol-Zialcita is Editor-in-Chief of asianTraveler, the longest-running travel magazine in the Philippines.

Participants of the first Feature Writing 101 course have already started pitching their stories to different publications–with some already earning their byline in as little as a few weeks!

The workshop has limited seats, so email or call/text (0927) 850 8280 to reserve your seat today. Please note that reservations will be confirmed only upon payment of the workshop fee.

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Bank: BPI
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.

Thanks in advance, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Networking Night: Unleashing Your Creativity (TUESDAY, May 31, 6:30 PM onwards!)

Mingle with editors and writers as you tap into your creative side. Be inspired as magazine editors, Bianca Consunji of Metro and Patricia Tumang of Vault, share their stories and tips on how to get your creativity going.

MAY 31 | TUESDAY | 6:30PM

Good Spirits at The Collective, Malugay St., Makati City
Entrance: P150 for members; P250 for non-members (inclusive of snack & drink)

To reserve, email or contact 0927 8508280.

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Behind the scenes of a Writer’s Block Philippines workshop

JC Ansis, a contributor of Gadget magazine and a lover of cheeseburgers, pizza, and beer (or so it seems in his blog), spent the weekend with us during the fourth run of “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career.” In this post, he shares some details of his two days with us and shares why he’ll recommend it to friends. 🙂

JC Ansis, a contributor of Gadget magazine and a lover of cheeseburgers, pizza, and beer (or so it seems in his blog), spent the weekend with us during the fourth run of “Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career.” In this post, he shares some details of his two days with us and shares why he’ll recommend it to friends. 🙂

JC Ansis blogs about Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 4.0 by Writer's Block Philippines
JC Ansis blogs about Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 4.0 by Writer's Block Philippines

Thanks for the blog post, JC! Good luck with your writing career!

The 4th Rogelio Sicat Creative Writing Workshop (deadline: May 6)

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Deadline: 6 May 2011

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Deadline: 6 May 2011
Pangungunahan nina Efren Abueg, Rogelio Ordoñez, at Elmer Ordoñez ang kaguruan para sa Ikaapat na Palihang Rogelio Sicat (PRS).

Ang PRS ay ang tanging palihan na naglilinang sa kabataang manunulat na gumagamit ng Pambansang Wika.


Gagaganapin ito sa 26 – 29 Mayo 2011 sa Amadeo, Cavite sa pamamahala ng Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman, sa pakikipagtulungan sa Cavite Young Writers’ Association.

Sina Abueg at R. Ordoñez ay bahagi ng grupong Agos sa Disyerto. Samantalang manunulat at iskolar ng panitikan naman si E. Ordoñez.

Hinihiling na magsumite ang mga nais lumahok ng alin man sa sumusunod: limang (5) tula, o dalawang (2) maikling kuwento (10 – 15 pahina), o dalawang (2) maikling kuwentong pambata (5-7 pahina); dalawang malikhaing sanaysay (10 – 15 pahina); maikling tala sa sarili; larawan (2×2, may kulay); at gumamit ng 12 points, doble-espasyo, 8×11 na sukat.

Tutustusan ng palihan ang lahat ng gastusin mula UP Diliman hanggang sa pagdarausan ng palihan. Gayon din, pagkakalooban ng modest stipend ang lahat ng mapipiling kalahok.

Ipadala ang mga kakailanganin sa email lamang na bago matapos ang 6 ng Mayo. Maaari ring magpadala ng mga katanungan sa email adress na ito.

More information here