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This two-part, three-hour workshop will cover a lot of ground. During the first half, Jennifer Caloyeras  (young adult novelist and short fiction writer) will discuss revision strategies from line edits to global aspects of your writing as well as answer any questions about the next step in the writing process from querying agents to how to know if your work is ready.

In the second half of the workshop, we will discuss how Twitter pitch parties can act as very condensed query letters and help you sell your book and gain exposure. Participants will leave with both a roadmap to revision and individualized pitches for their projects.


Jennifer Caloyeras is a novelist and short fiction writer living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the short fiction collection, Unruly Creatures (2017) and two young adult novels: Strays (2015) and Urban Falcon (2009). Her short stories have appeared in Monday Night Literary,Wilde MagazineStorm Cellar and Booth. In 2016, Jennifer served as the writer-in-residence at teh Annenberg Beach House.

Jennifer currently teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She holds a MA in English Literature from California State University Los Angeles and an MFA in creative writing through the University of British Columbia.

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members.

*Non-members pay the full amount.

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the author's book UNRULY CREATURES.



In this collection, alienated characters struggle to subvert, contain, control and even escape their bodies. A teenage girl grapples with hair grown wild, a biologist finds herself in love with a gorilla, a prisoner yearns to escape her biological destiny. Dark humor, magical realism and speculative fiction put in sharp relief the everyday trials of Americans in a story collection that asks, In what way are we more than the sum of our parts?

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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, 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.


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.


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P.O. Box 4376
Torrance, CA 90510

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