Thursday, August 12, 2010

Writing Workshop this August

Once again, we at Travelife Magazine, the Philippines' leading travel and lifestyle publication, are happy to partner with Writer's Block Philippines, a group started by three very energetic lady writers who are forever on the go (almost as much as the editors of Travelife, actually!) traveling, studying, attending conferences, organizing workshops -- and, yes, writing about their experiences. We're partnering with them to support and promote their various writing activities which includes a workshop this August for anyone considering a writing career, and possibly a full-fledged writing retreat later this year.

How to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2.0” will be held on August 22 and 29, 2010 at Powerbooks, Greenbelt 4, Makati. The two-day workshop will focus on writing techniques and practical insider information on how to get started with freelancing. This workshop is supported by Powerbooks and Travelife Magazine.

Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou and Nina Terol-Zialcita envisioned Writer's Block as a group other writers could join for inspiration and to learn the proper skills to be more effective communicators. The trio collectively have two decades of experience in freelance writing as a career. Together, their works on lifestyle, travel, arts & culture, changemaking, advocacy, sex & relationships, and women’s issues have been extensively published both locally and internationally.

As freelance writers, they know how much effort it takes to establish and manage their own bylines and how hard it is to make writing a lucrative enterprise. “Writer’s Block Philippines is the kind of support system that we wished we had when we were starting our own freelance writing careers,” says Ana Santos, a sex & relationship columnist and sexual health advocate, while Nikka Sarthou adds: “There’s a misconception that freelance writing does not entail serious work, but it’s actually a business in itself. Aside from practicing the craft, you have to disciplined enough to manage your projects and meet all your deadlines. Through our workshops, we’ll share practical tips and insights on how to go about with having a freelance writing career.”


On why they decided to do a re-run of their first writing workshop, Nina Terol-Zialcita explains: “We were overwhelmed and also very happy about the response we got to the first workshop which was sold out. This session will be beefed up with more hands-on coaching on writing and a section on ethics. We included an ethics portion because we believe in maintaining a high level of professionalism and integrity in writing.”

While the most common avenues for freelance writing may be magazines and newspapers, “How to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2.0” will discuss the variety of non-traditional media and international publications that can be tapped and the nuances of writing for each specific media.

Here's your chance to learn from the experts. For more information, log on to writersblock.ph@gmail.com or message 0927.850.8280 for more information.

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