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, writing workshops, guest lectures, write-ins at local coffee shops, networking, writing support, and even publishing opportunities for our members and guests. Every month, there's something interesting on our calendar!
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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 as well as a collaborative Middle Grade novel called Kayla Wayman, Teen Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream.
Story Sprouts: Setting and Story Sprouts: Conflict are currently in development, as well as a yet-unnamed Middle Grade collaborative novel about a boy who gets sucked into his video game. Look for those soon.
We encourage you to attend the annual workshop 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.
MISSION AND PURPOSE
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.
MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS
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
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Structure, Structure, Structure! Creating Detailed Outlines & Engaging Pitches
with Author Derek Taylor Kent
Structure, structure, structure! Learning the classic elements of story structure to help create engaging pitches and detailed outlines in advance of the writing process.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Derek Taylor Kent
Derek Taylor Kent is an author, screenwriter, performer and director based in Los Angeles. His first novel for an adult audience, KUBRICK'S GAME, was released in late 2016 through Evolved Publishing and quickly became an international bestseller and was one of the best reviewed books of the year. His award-winning book series SCARY SCHOOL (written under pen-name Derek the Ghost) has become one of the most popular new series for middle-readers ages 7 to 12. His new bi-lingual picture book EL PERRO CON SOMBRERO came out August 18, 2015 through Holt/Macmillan and was a #1 best-selling new release.
Derek also specializes in writing narrative scripts for Virtual Reality content. His VR sci-fi script EXIT TO REALITY won best screenplay at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and was nominated for best screenplay at Hollyshorts Films Festival, Red Flight Film Festival, and Reel Writers Screenplay Competition.
For more information about Derek, please visit DerekTaylorKent.com andwww.ScarySchool.com.
Date: April 8, 2017, Saturday
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Venue: El Segundo Main Library
*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members.
*Non-members pay the full amount.
*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book KUBRICK'S GAME.
What if legendary director Stanley Kubrick left behind a mysterious treasure and the clues to find it were hidden in his films? When geeky film student Shawn Hagan uncovers the game, it's a race against the clock to find the prize before it falls into the wrong hands.