Monday, March 12, 2012

Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career (The Crash Course Edition)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career (The Crash Course Edition)

Writer’s Block Philippines, together with co.lab, brings you Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career, the crash course edition!

This jam-packed one-day workshop will equip you with practical knowledge and business tools to start writing and build a career as a writer.

What are the details of the workshop?
What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career–The Crash Course Edition
When: March 17, Saturday, 9am to 6pm
Where: Co.Lab Optima Building, Salcedo St. Legaspi Village, Makati City
What does the P2,500 course fee cover?

The P2,500 per head course fee covers the course fee and workshop kit.

How can I pay for the workshop?
You can deposit your payment to our bank account. Details as follows:
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.

What does the workshop cover?
The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will discuss the following topics:
Why freelance?
Why should you freelance? It is about having more free time or just doing what you want? While both may be true, we will look at the pros and cons and the myths and realities of freelance writing as a career.
Freelancing is and can be a viable and sustainable career. We will look at the various writing opportunities, how to capitalize on them and maximize them as diversified earning potentials.
Marketing Yourself
Your byline is your brand. Just like any brand you need to market yourself, create your portfolio, and create a positive image for yourself as a writer.
Practical Side of the Business
In this crash course of Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career, we will include a portion on the practical side of becoming a creative entrepreneur.
Getting Published
How do you start a freelance writing career? How do you get published? First, you have to know how to write a pitch A pitch to a writer is what an audition is to an actor—it’s a potential job that can lead to other potential jobs. Our pitching session—which has nothing to do with baseball–will clue you in on what editors are looking for and how to pique their interest.

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. Currently, Nikka is a full-time freelance writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

She is also the Content Editor of, 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 Air.

Nina Terol-Zialcita: arts & culture, travel, 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 deputy editor of, 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, [r]evolutionaries: The new generation of Filipino youth and youth organizations.

In 2010, Nina was a scholar at the European Journalism Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. Nina was also a former Editor-in-Chief of 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 email us at or call/text us through this number for more information: 0927.850.8280. You can also check the Writer’s Block Philippines website at

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