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Whether you seek a community of like-minded authors, dream of becoming a published author, or simply want to pursue and explore your writing hobby, joining a writing group like the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles will help you.CBW–LA offers critique groups and sessions, workshops, guest lectures, monthly write-ins at a local coffee shop, networking, writing support, and even publishing opportunities for our members and guests. Every month, there's something interesting on our calendar!
Although the group's main focus is on writing for children, we welcome writers of all kinds, as well as those who love to read children's books.
Founded in 2010, we branched out to start publishing our members in 2013 through our annual Story Sprouts Writing Day Workshop. We have two Writing Resources and Anthologies under our belt: Story Sprouts and Story Sprouts: Voice. We encourage you to attend the workshop each spring and buy a copy of the previous Story Sprouts; they make an excellent writing resource, brimming with high quality poetry, short fiction and nonfiction by our Story Sprouts authors.
Our workshops provide tips and lessons on the craft and business of writing. You'll learn how to create characters so real, they practically jump off the page, weave storylines to make an interesting plot, revise and edit your manuscript, write and submit query letters to agents and editors, and how the publishing industry works.
You can get helpful feedback on your manuscript through our critique sessions, and our creative writing sessions help in sparking the next great idea, or simply help you improve your writing skills so you can find your voice and style.
Events are open to members and non-members alike. Members get great discounts on our workshops and free access to our critique sessions. Be sure to RSVP to reserve your space at any event. We offer many takeaways and have limited space, so we want to make sure you get the most out of your experience.
How to Join
(Online form currently down)
To send a check, download the membership form below and mail it along with your payment to:
Fourth Annual CBW-LA full day Story Sprouts Writing Day Marathon, May 14, 2016.
(Includes publication in two books.)
Scribbler, Dreamer, Reader, Story Teller, Author: You're looking at our site for a reason. You want to write and network and learn and grow. And we want to help you! So, take the next step. Join us for a marathon day of writing, networking and inspiration. Make your writing goals a priority. You're worth it!
Story Sprouts 2016 is based around the theme of CONFLICT. You will explore the theme through a combination of short lectures, group exercises and lots of quiet, guided, independent, hands-on writing time to let your imagination go wild! It will not be easy. You will be challenged, and you will work hard, but it will all be worthwhile as you learn how to advance plot in your own writing and churn out several pieces for publication.
Space is limited! One "Diverse Voices" scholarship available for any person interested in writing children's literature with a unique point of view; email us for details. We are particularly interested in promoting and supporting minority writers, however you define that minority (race, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, etc.).
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