What will you learn in Feature Writing 101?

We’ve got a few days left before the next run of one of our best-selling workshops, Feature Writing 101, and people are asking what exactly will they learn when they get there.

Here’s a simple guide, published in our website, an excerpt of which I’m reposting here:


Writer's Block Philippines - Feature Writing 101What 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

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.

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?


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.

Website: www.writersblockphilippines.com

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


Here’s a chance to learn some of our feature writing secrets!

Every writer has his or her techniques and “secrets”, but not everyone will share that information with you.

At Writer’s Block Philippines, we share with our participants some of our winning writing techniques, to help support a growing network of freelance writers and to help build a community of people who are passionate about the written word and respectful of the art and craft of writing. Especially in the age of blogging, citizen journalism, and “cut-and-paste writing”, some people will think that writing is as easy as stringing words together; however, a keener eye will reveal that good writing is cohesive and rhythmic, has a clear story to tell, and is engaging. With so much information flowing out there, freelance writers have to stand out to make a sustainable career in this field.

How to start? Join our forthcoming workshop, Feature Writing 101, happening on September 17 (Saturday). Details are in the poster below; for reservations and other details, email writersblock.ph@gmail.com or call/text (0927) 850 8280.

Feature Writing 101- Writer's Block Philippines

Click on the image to view details in the Writer's Block Philippines website

For a sampling of the kinds of things that we teach in Writer’s Block Philippines, check out the links below:

Read more tips and features from and about Writer’s Block Philippines HERE

Searching for Facebook links can be a pain…

Searching for Facebook links can be a pain…

… So I’m planning to use my online notebook (read: THIS) to archive the stuff that I like enough to repost on Facebook.

Oh, and Twitter, too! And Google Plus.

Oh my. The more social networks there are, the harder it is to keep track of all of them!

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