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    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Torrance Airport Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance CA 90505
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    Jumpstart Your Writing Career  

    Find the “write path” towards achieving your writing dreams. We'll help you map out your writing career by clarifying your writing visions, setting your writing goals for the year, and mapping out a three year career plan.

    You'll discover what kind of writer you are, and learn all about your different publishing options.

    If you’ve always wanted to write, but don’t know where to start, if you’re stuck in a writing rut or want to rekindle your passion for writing, or if you’re serious about getting published but don’t know much about the industry, this workshop will be of great help to you.

    We’ll have worksheets, handouts and writing exercises to help you get started on whatever writing path you wish to travel.

    Here's a sampling of what you'll learn if you register for the workshop:

    1. The Key Paths to Publishing - Traditional publishing and self-publishing are just two of the many options you have for getting published.

    2. How a book gets published traditionally

    3. The basics of self-publishing including:

    a. Your self-publishing options

    b. The Real Cost of Self-Publishing a book


    4. The pros and cons for both traditional publishing and self-publishing

    5. Other Publishing Options

    6. Tools to kickstart your writing career

    And much, much more!

    About the Speaker

    Nutschell (pronounced Noo-SHELL, in case you were wondering) Anne Windsor is a middle grade/young adult fantasy writer. She is the Founder and President of CBW-LA and is the Co-Regional Adviser of the L.A. Region of SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

    Nutschell founded the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA.org) in 2010 with the hope of sharing knowledge with fellow children’s book writers in the area. Following a BA in Psychology from the University of the Philippines (Diliman), Nutschell became an English teacher at Miriam College High School. Currently, she is the Creative Writing (Online) and Events Rep for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

    Nutschell’s experiences have turned her into a detail-oriented, organized planner, and she uses these skills to teach and facilitate workshops and critique sessions for CBW-LA. She is also an active member of the blogging community. She shares writing tips, techniques and reports on various writing events at www.thewritingnut.com and on Twitter @nutschell.

    *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members when you pay online

    *Non-members pay the full amount 

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of KAYLA WAYMAN, A STORY SPROUTS NOVEL

    GET YOUR AUTHOR PHOTOS TAKEN!  

    To help you get started with your writing career, we have invited photographer Ross Anthony to take your author headshots for the discounted price of $25. (A headshot shoot can easily cost hundreds of dollars!) 

    These author photos can be used for your blogs, book jacket covers, and other promotional materials.

    Check out samples of Ross's headshots below and here.



    These author photos can be used for your blogs, book jacket covers, and other promotional materials.

    Check out samples of Ross's headshots here.



    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBA
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    THE ART & CRAFT OF DIALOGUE:
    FROM INQUIT PHRASES TO SNARKY COMEBACKS

    Steve's books are driven by dialogue. In this workshop, he coaches writers on how to craft authentic-sounding dialogue. This course includes both technical proficiency and a discussion of how dialogue can be a part of the "art of writing."

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    STEVE BRAMUCCI

    Steve Bramucci is a novelist, travel/food writer, adventurer, teacher, and storyteller. He’s rowed down the Mekong River in a traditional Vietnamese x’ampan, ventured into the Outback with Aboriginal elders, and spent four months driving a rickety Nissan Patrol through East Africa. His first novel, The Danger Gang & the Pirates of Borneo!, was published by Bloomsbury on August 1st.

    Steve’s story of exploring a long-forgotten pirate graveyard in Madagascar won the $10K Trazzler Oasis prize and his trip across Australia in a car fueled with French fry oil was turned into a TV show. He’s written for

    National Geographic Books, Afar, Outside, the Orange County Register Magazine, and dozens of other outlets. He’s the founding editor of the LIFE section at Uproxx.com – a website that gets more than 20 million unique visitors each month – and has published stories in The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World, I Learned Ku Fu From a Bear Cub, Never Trust a Smiling Bear, and Eminem: Rap, Poetry, and Race.


    *$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 THE DANGER GANG AND THE PIRATES OF BORNEO.


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    The Danger Gang & The Pirates of Borneo

    Ronald Zupan is a daring master adventurer!

    But he actually hasn't had any grand adventures . . . YET! When his world-traveling parents are kidnapped on his 11th birthday, Ronald seizes the chance to prove himself with a dazzling rescue operation.

    Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato, and his pet cobra Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. If they can crash-land a plane and outrun a hungry snow leopard, surely they can find the secret lair of Zeetan Z, the world's most ruthless pirate! But as their adventure becomes more and more dangerous, can Ronald and his companions stick together long enough to see this adventure through?



    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBA
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    CRAFTING & WRITING YOUR YA SERIES IN 12 MONTHS

    No author today makes a living on a single book. The best way to develop your writing business is to plan from the beginning to craft a series. This way, the avid readers of your first book can rush to continue the journey when they reach ‘the end.’

    In this workshop, USA Today Best Selling YA author, Melle Amade, shows you exactly what she did to craft her best selling Shifter Chronicle series from book 1 through to the grand finale in book 4. She will present the balance of plot and momentum and how to handle those moments when characters simply do their own thing. From series overview to book brief to chapter by chapter outline to spreadsheet breakdown, she’ll give you all the tools she uses to understand her story, characters and plot from beginning to end before she writes a word.

    Plotting out the story is key to delivering a fast manuscript, but you’re also going to need a few more tricks. Melle, a mother of two Marketing Director with a two-hour daily commute, will also show you exactly how she has managed to write not only a 4-book series in twelve months, but an additional two books, two novellas, and five short stories.

    You’re going to leave this workshop with a conceptual plot for your own series and some key tools to help you make it a reality!


    Speaker's Bio:

    MELLE AMADE

    Melle Amade is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Shifter Chronicles, a YA Dark Urban Fantasy series. Her days are spent in an office overlooking Los Angeles International Airport where she works as a Director of Marketing for a data center technology firm, which wouldn’t make you think she had an MFA in film with an emphasis on writing from Chapman University. However, she also has degrees in visual communications and global communications, which allowed her to work for some of the finest technology firms in the world. In her spare time, Melle has penned six screenplays, four stage plays, an opera libretto, numerous short stories, and five manuscripts for novels. Her heart lies with her manuscripts, which are focused on YA and New Adult audiences and range in subject from Vikings in Iceland, to Knights Templar in Italy, to Aborigine mysticism in Australia, to shapeshifters in Los Angeles.

    *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members 

    *Non-members pay the full amount 

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of SANCTUARY, BOOK 1 of the  SHIFTER CHRONICLES SERIES.


    Speaker's Book:

    It’s survival of the fittest, but first you have to fit in.

    Shae is sure the icy rage that claws at her is driving away her friends and pulling her closer to the wrong boy. After all, it’s Aiden she has always secretly wanted, not Callum, who has barely spoken to her in the last year.

    But, as her protected life unravels, she discovers the violent supernatural world that lurks in her quiet hometown and the ancient feuds that threaten to destroy both her friends and her family.

    To save those she loves, Shae must succumb to her own fury and take on the Ravensgaard, the renegade warriors of the Order, but as the battle approaches her deepest fears are coming true, she’s becoming just like them. Shae's not sure she can afford the price she'll have to pay—her own humanity


    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBA
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    CREATIVE MEDITATION: 
    GENERATING STORY IDEAS USING MINDFULNESS PRACTICES AND OTHER CREATIVE PROCESSES

     Mindful practices (like seated/standing yoga poses, gentle movement, and deep breathing) offer a calming approach to the relationship between the body and the mind, and can encourage a state of creative “flow” that can support students of all talents and abilities. As a certified yoga teacher and creative writing instructor, Katherine leads participants through a very gentle seated and standing yoga practice, focused meditation, and writing, and drawing to create from a place of joy, rather than suffering.


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    E. KATHERINE KOTTARAS

    E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, and now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. 

    She is the author of the YA contemporary novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and the forthcoming THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen.


    *$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 THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    The Best Possible Answer

    AP Exams – check
    SAT test – check
    College Application – check
    Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

    Super-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks secret pictures of her to the entire school―pictures no one was ever meant to see. Making matters worse, her parents might be getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure.

    Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new circle of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous and intriguing guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again―trust. For the first time in her life, Vivi realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

    E. Katherine Kottaras once again captures what it means to be a teenager in The Best Possible Answer.



Past events

09 Dec 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
02 Dec 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
18 Nov 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
28 Oct 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
14 Oct 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
07 Oct 2017 FIFTH ANNUAL CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon—Story Sprouts: Fables, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (Workshop + Anthology)
30 Sep 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
23 Sep 2017 Kickstarter Crowdfunding Success Strategies
09 Sep 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
26 Aug 2017 Creative Meditation: Generating Story Ideas Using Mindful Practices and Other Creative Processes
12 Aug 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
22 Jul 2017 Revision Strategies for Novel Writers: From Line Edits to Queries
10 Jun 2017 How to Write a Query Letter and Find a Literary Agent with Seth Fishman of the Gernert Company Literary Agency
03 Jun 2017 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
08 Apr 2017 Structure, Structure, Structure! Creating Detailed Outlines & Engaging Pitches
04 Mar 2017 BEYOND THE HERO'S JOURNEY: Other Powerful Mythic Themes and Trends for Children's and Young Adult Storytelling
18 Feb 2017 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza 2
10 Dec 2016 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza
12 Nov 2016 QUERYPALOOZA 2: HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY AND HOOK AN AGENT WITH EVE PORINCHAK OF THE JILL CORCORAN LITERARY AGENCY
22 Oct 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
15 Oct 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
08 Oct 2016 Publishing Your Book on Kindle:The Complete Process
17 Sep 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
27 Aug 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
13 Aug 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
06 Aug 2016 How Fiction Writers Can Use Poetry Techniques to Amp Up Their Prose
23 Jul 2016 Twenty Reasons You're Not Getting Published with Literary Agent Steve Hutson
25 Jun 2016 Author Marketing Secrets: How to Authentically Connect with your Readers through Social Media & Beyond
14 May 2016 CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon—Story Sprouts: Conflict (Workshop + Anthology)
23 Apr 2016 Beyond the Book Deal: Charting the Path Ahead
16 Apr 2016 Date Change: Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
26 Mar 2016 Novel Writing Bootcamp
19 Mar 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
27 Feb 2016 The Secrets of “Show Don’t Tell”
27 Feb 2016 CBW–LA Write-In Session
20 Feb 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
23 Jan 2016 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2016
19 Dec 2015 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
05 Dec 2015 CBW-LA Co-op at the Author Alley
14 Nov 2015 Collaborative Novel Launch Party & 5th Year Anniversary Celebration
08 Nov 2015 SUNDAY Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
07 Nov 2015 Take a Scene from Ho-hum to Holy Crap!: Writing that Gets an Editor's Attention
24 Oct 2015 From Kickstarter to Good Morning America: One Writer Shares Her Secrets to Success
17 Oct 2015 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All!
26 Sep 2015 QUERYPALOOZA: HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY AND HOOK AN AGENT WITH EVE PORINCHAK OF THE JILL CORCORAN LITERARY AGENCY
05 Sep 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
29 Aug 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
22 Aug 2015 Understanding and Unlocking Amazon and Online Marketing
25 Jul 2015 Picture Book Workshop: The Power of Critique Groups & Writing Tips I’ve Learned Along the Way
25 Jul 2015 CBW–LA Summer Write-In Session
20 Jun 2015 How to WOW Agents and Editors at Your Next Writing Conference
13 Jun 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
23 May 2015 Using a Story Map to Find the Holes in Your Story
21 May 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
09 May 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
25 Apr 2015 Story Sprouts: Setting, FULL–DAY Writing Workshop and Anthology
16 Apr 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
11 Apr 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
19 Mar 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
14 Mar 2015 Presenting Your Fantasy or Mythic Story
07 Mar 2015 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
28 Feb 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
24 Jan 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
15 Jan 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
10 Jan 2015 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2015
06 Dec 2014 Novel Critique Session
20 Nov 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
08 Nov 2014 Write the Truth: Creative Nonfiction and Real World Inspiration
16 Oct 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
11 Oct 2014 Story Sprouts 2014 Launch Party
04 Oct 2014 Baiting the Hook: Nabbing the Reader With Your First Page
27 Sep 2014 Write Stories That Change the World & Pitch Them to TV & Movie Producers
18 Sep 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
13 Sep 2014 Picture Book/Chapter Book/ Early Reader Critique Session
23 Aug 2014 Do You Give...Good Voice? How to Find (and Nurture) Your Writing Personality
09 Aug 2014 Novel Critique Session
12 Jul 2014 Establishing Your Independence: Marketing Secrets from a Best-Selling Independent Author
28 Jun 2014 Do You Give...Good Voice? How to Find (and Nurture) Your Writing Personality
14 Jun 2014 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
31 May 2014 Writing Day Anthology Workshop: Get Published with CBW-LA
19 Apr 2014 MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT CRITIQUE SESSION
29 Mar 2014 Novel Writing Bootcamp
22 Feb 2014 Honing Your Middle Grade Writing Voice: A Workshop with Author Kristen Kittscher
08 Feb 2014 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
11 Jan 2014 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2014
09 Nov 2013 MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT CRITIQUE SESSION
02 Nov 2013 Anthology Launch Party & Year End Celebration
05 Oct 2013 NONFICTION/ MEMOIR CRITIQUE SESSION
26 Sep 2013 Picture Book Workshop: The Power of Critique Groups & Writing Tips I’ve Learned Along the Way
07 Sep 2013 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
17 Aug 2013 Potent World-Making: What's Myth Got to Do With It?
27 Jul 2013 Query Critique Session
20 Jul 2013 Writing Between the Lines: The Power of Multiple Revisions A Workshop with YA Author Carmen Rodrigues
22 Jun 2013 Writing Day Anthology Workshop: Get Published with CBW-LA
25 May 2013 Queries, Loglines and Blurbs: Oh My! Workshop with Author Samantha Combs
13 Apr 2013 CRITIQUE SESSION
30 Mar 2013 The Author's Platform: Blogging with the Bird
12 Jan 2013 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop & Lunch Social 2013

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