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Creative Entrepreneurs Summit

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In-Person / Event
Ended last Mar 05, 2016
PHP  500.00


The Creative Entrepreneurs Summit is a gathering of creative professionals and aspiring creative minds intent to start a business that capitalizes on their talent and passions.

The event will feature creative professionals  who do not subscribe to the common notion that you need to starve to be an artist or work in the creative industry. They will share their experiences as a creative entrepreneur and serve as a source of learning and inspiration— something like a pep talk with both business sense and imaginative panache.

For our 2nd Creative Entrepreneurs Summit, Writer’s Block Philippines is proud to announce that we will have fashion photographer Niccolo Cosme and performance artist Carlos Celdran as our guest speakers. Niccolo and Carlos will give participants that needed fist pump to take the first leap (it’s never just a “baby step”) to starting their creative enterprise.

Why is this important for aspiring creative entrepreneurs?

We at Writer’s Block Philippines believe that you can do what you love and love what you do. We have, after all, been writing for a living (cumulatively) for more than 15 years.

But…we all know about the starving artists stereotype, the notion that the trade off of a creative mind is the absence of business acumen.

We believe that running a creative enterprise can be taught. But to think like a creative entrepreneur, one needs to learn from other creative entrepreneurs how to create a balance between passion and profit.

For our 2nd Writer’s Block Creative Entrepreneurs Summit, we have gathered creative geniuses, Niccolo Cosme and Carlos Celdran 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 P500 fee per head, which covers entrance and coffee to keep the creative juices flowing.

How do I reserve a slot?

Simply sign up in our online registration form to reserve a seat.

How can I pay for the workshop? 

You may settle the workshop fee by making a deposit to our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank: BPI
Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services
Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

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 email us a copy of the deposit slip/screen cap so we can confirm your slot.

You may also pay through Paypal.

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 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. In 2010, she left her position as Assistant Vice President of a financial institution to pursue a career as a writer.

Her longform narratives on women’s issues, sexual reproductive health rights and migrant mothers has been published in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, among others. She has a regular column in Rappler called DASH of SAS, a spin-off of her blog, Sex and

In 2014, Ana was named the Persephone Miel Fellow by the 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. She is currently working on another Pulitzer Center grant, “HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency”.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: 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. She is currently a full-time freelance editor/writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts.

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.

Her feature pieces have appeared in local publications like asianTraveler, Travelife, Spark, Celebrity Mom, Business World, Highlife, Metro, Metro Society,,,,, GMA News Online and Rappler. She has also been published in Filipino publications abroad such as Filipino Star News in Michigan, Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, and Dubai-based magazine Illustrado.

She is currently a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email [email protected] You can also check out our website:


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Our story started in 2009, when writers–Ana P. Santos and Nikka Sarthou-Lainez–met at a professional blogging and Internet marketing class and realized that freelance writers had many unique needs that the current landscape was not able to address.

Where do we go to find clients? How do we deal with pricing and competition? Pitching and editors? How can we build a sustainable career as a creative entrepreneur?

While school had taught us the basics of looking for story ideas, drafting news and features, and dealing with the technical realities of our craft, there were many things that we had learned only along the way–things that we felt other writers also needed to know about if they were going to pursue writing as a career.

Our passions and purpose

It is from this desire to share our knowledge and further professionalize the standards of our craft that Writer’s Block Philippines was born.

At Writer’s Block Philippines, we are passionate about words, and even more passionate about the idea that we could make a life (not just a living) doing what we love most.

Nikka had long left the corporate world to combine her two loves–travel and writing; Ana left a lucrative career in banking–foregoing the vice presidency and the designated parking space–to pursue her passion for reporting on women and gender issues and sexual health rights. ...

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