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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
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TOUGH LOVE FOR WRITERS
( Or Twenty Reasons You're Not Getting Published)
with Literary Agent Steve Hutson
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
So, you want to get published? WAIT! Today’s publishing market is more competitive than it has ever been, and millions of new authors rush in without educating themselves. Learn how to avoid the rookie mistakes:
• The industry hasn’t changed as much as you think.
• Self-publishing is not the liberating experience that you expect.
• Agents and publishers aren’t as evil as you’ve been told.
• You might be looking for love in all the wrong places.
In this 2-hour discussion, we will examine the workings of the publishing industry. Writing, editing, acquisitions, agents, editors, copyright, platform, contracts, self-publishing, and more. Why do some books succeed, while so many fail? Bring your questions, your thick skin, and your hard-learned lessons.
NOTE: Workshop attendees' will have an opportunity to pitch to Literary Agent Steve Hutson in 10 minute sessions. Pleasedownload and print his official query form in advance.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Literary Agent, WordWise Media ServicesSteve is a native of Los Angeles, a child of the sixties, and a storyteller almost from birth. (He’s convinced that the Wimpy Kid books are based on his childhood, but he can’t prove it.) After several years of freelance editing and directing a writers’ conference, he branched out as a literary agent in early 2011. He has placed his clients’ works with Dutton, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Potomac, David C. Cook, Praeger, Writer’s Digest Books, and others. Several clients have won prestigious awards for their works. He speaks frequently at writers’ events and writes an eclectic blog.
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