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    • 25 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    Picture Your Story:
    Enhancing Text with Visual Art

    with Glenn Jason Hanna


    When writing pieces that contain pictures such as picture books, graphic novels, comic and the like, it not simply a case of adding in art to poetry or prose.  The marrying of words and pictures requires the writer think of their story in terms of both, letting each do what it does best.  

    In this workshop, long time CBW-LA member Glenn Hanna will teach the different strategies he employs to create his picture books, graphic novels, poetic words that have illustrations and comics.  This is not a talk on how to draw but more on how to conceive of your story as pictures as well as words so that you can write the words that will best go with the pictures, whether you’re the person who eventually draws them or not.  

     

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER


    GLENN JASON HANNA

    Glenn is a former animator who abandoned the world of cartoons for writing. He's a prolific writer whose work spans genres from picture books all the way to novels. He currently serves as CBW-LA's Critique Leader. 






    • 26 Jun 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 9
    Register

    ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
    FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

    Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

    Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


    THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

    As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

    Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

    In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

    TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

    TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

    T = Terrific

    We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

    A = Author Questions

    In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

    C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

    T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





      • 09 Jul 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Online via Zoom
      Register

      QUERYPALOOZA

      HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY
      AND HOOK AN AGENT 

      with Author and Former Literary Agent Eve Porinchak


      In this interactive workshop Eve Porinchak, former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary Agency (JCLA, now part of Transatlantic Agency), will teach you the basics of how to write a QUERY LETTER – the most important step in landing your wonderful manuscript on an agent’s desk.

      During QUERYPALOOZA you will learn to:

      - Identify QUERY Do’s and Don’ts.

      - Write a one sentence logline whittling down your book to its main hook and theme.

      - Write a brief one paragraph pitch.

      - Write a brief, intriguing author bio.

      - Pull all these pieces together to create a concise and killer QUERY that will leave an agent begging to read your entire manuscript!

      * If you do have a query letter draft, you will want to have that with you. If not, no worries - we'll put you to work so that you will have a draft by the end of our session.



      ABOUT THE SPEAKER

      EVE PORINCHAK

      Since earning a degree in psychology and biology from UCLA, Eve has spent much of her time in and out of jail—teaching creative writing to incarcerated teens. A former agent with Jill Corcoran Literary, Eve also attended medical school, served as a child welfare case worker, and has taught everything from Kindergarten to college courses. She speaks at conferences all over the country and teaches courses at UCLA on all things publishing. A highly collaborative developmental editor, Eve prides herself on whipping manuscripts into submission-ready shape, and has guided countless aspiring authors on their paths to publication.

      Eve writes stories featuring youth she feels have been underrepresented in children’s literature, such as those born into gang life, the abandoned, and the incarcerated who – ironically - have the most fascinating tales to tell. Her critically acclaimed book, One Cut - a haunting nonfiction story with a juvenile justice bent – launched Simon and Schuster’s young adult true crime line SIMON TRUE in 2017.




      • 24 Jul 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Online (Zoom)
      • 9
      Register

      ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
      FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

      Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

      Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


      THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

      As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

      Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

      In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

      TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

      TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

      T = Terrific

      We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

      A = Author Questions

      In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

      C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

      T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





        • 14 Aug 2022
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • Online (Zoom)
        • 9
        Register

        ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
        FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

        Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

        Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


        THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

        As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

        Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

        In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

        TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

        TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

        T = Terrific

        We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

        A = Author Questions

        In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

        C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

        T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





          • 20 Aug 2022
          • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register

          The Joy of Revision: See Your Work Anew

          with Katherine E. Kottaras


          “Never think of revising as fixing something that is wrong...Rather think of it as an opportunity to improve something you already love.”

          -Marion Dane Bauer

          Do you have a work-in-progress that's been sitting in a drawer (or a laptop file) that misses you? Maybe you know that WIP needs work, but something's keeping you from diving back in. Maybe that something is...fear? Step by step, and with tools in hand, we will step away from fear and reopen those files. We'll ask the important questions and re-engage with the important work of revising our WIPs so that we can reignite our creativity and lean back into the joy of writing.

          Please bring the following materials:

          1. Writing implements - notebook and pen/laptop

          2. Chapter you would like to work on/revise

          NOTE: This workshop will be hosted over Zoom. Attendees will receive the link once they register for this event. 

           

          ABOUT THE SPEAKER

          KATHERINE E. KOTTARAS

          Katherine is a contemplative writer and holistic teacher.

          Katherine is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA contemporary novels, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen. She is also the writer, voice, and co-creator of Yoga with Eleonora on PillowFortTV.

          Katherine holds an M.A. in English and an M.S. in Kinesiology with a focus on Integrative Wellness. She has worked at the middle, high school, and community college levels for over two decades. She is also a yoga teacher, personal trainer, and health coach while also living with invisible illnesses and neurodivergence, and as such, she is passionate about mindfulness, bodily self-determination, and health equity. As the queer daughter of an immigrant, Katherine believes that holistic and inclusive approaches to expression, healing, and growth should be accessible to all.

          Check out Katherine’s new series, Yoga with Eleonora on YouTube, which helps kids of all ages calm their minds and bodies so they can respond to and communicate their feelings in healthy ways.


          Learn more about her YA books here: https://www.katherinekottaras.com/writing.html



          • 01 Oct 2022
          • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register

          Let the Character Drive the Bus:
          How to Craft a Story

          with Catherine Linka & Tami Lewis Brown

          Whether a character is a feisty pigeon, a determined scientist or a desperate art student, their stories begin with what drives them to pursue their desires. What a character wants and what they will do to get it provide the road map for how their story unfolds. What happens next or what we think of as plot comes directly from the main character. In this workshop, picture book and middle grade author, Tami Lewis Brown, teams up with young adult author, Catherine Linka, to show writers how to set both fictional and real characters on their journey and how to develop their journey through the choices they make and the opposition they must overcome. Intended for writers of picture books and picture book biographies, middle grade and young adult novels. Lecture will alternate with writing exercises. Attendees should bring a few sheets of plain paper, pencils and erasers and have their work-in-progress easily accessible.

           

          ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

          CATHERINE LINKA

          Catherine Linka is the author of three young adult novels, including the award-winning feminist dystopian A GIRL  CALLED FEARLESS and the sequel, A GIRL UNDONE. Her contemporary novel set in an art school, WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE, was included in the 2021 Best Books of the Year for 14+ by Bank Street College of Education.


          You can purchase copies of Catherine's books using the links below:

          A Girl Called Fearless

          A Girl Undone

          What I Want You to See

          TAMI LEWIS BROWN

          TAMI LEWIS BROWN has written picture books, biographies and novels for children. Her picture book biography PERKINS PERFECT PURPLE (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) was a finalist for the Cook Prize and SOAR, ELINOR! (Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers) won a place on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project’s top 10 feminist books. Tami holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College where she served on the Board of Trustees for over a decade. After leaving a career as a trial lawyer she became the writer-in-residence and elementary school librarian. She now writes books for young people full time in Northern Vermont and Washington, D.C.


           

          You can purchase copies of Tami's books using the links below:

          ART IS LIFE: The Life Of Artist Keith Haring

          Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future

           Perkin's Perfect Purple: How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry

          SOARELINOR!

          We Really Do Care

          THE MAP OF ME

        Past events

        15 May 2022 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        09 Apr 2022 Achieve Your Writing Dreams: How a Mom of Three Published a Picture Book that Debuted as a #1 Release on Amazon
        03 Apr 2022 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        19 Mar 2022 Does Your Story Have a Passport? Creating Universal Stories that Reach Wider Audiences
        13 Mar 2022 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        19 Feb 2022 Eight Precious Writing Tips No One Talks About
        06 Feb 2022 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        29 Jan 2022 JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING CAREER 2022: FIND YOUR PATH TO PUBLICATION
        09 Jan 2022 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        14 Nov 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        17 Oct 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        25 Sep 2021 Visually Sketching Out Your Plot
        12 Sep 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        08 Aug 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        11 Jul 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        10 Jul 2021 The Joy of Revision: See Your Work Anew
        19 Jun 2021 Nonfiction Observation for Fiction Writers (or: Why Spying is Good for You)
        17 Apr 2021 SUBMISSION STUDIO: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, and Ten Ways to Translate “No” to “Yes!”
        27 Mar 2021 Character and Conflict for Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors
        28 Feb 2021 JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING CAREER: FIND YOUR PATH TO PUBLICATION
        18 Oct 2020 The Magical Scene Trifecta and Other Strategies for Writing Scenes
        25 Jul 2020 CBW-LA Virtual Happy Hour: Are You Feeling All Write?
        18 Jan 2020 Jumpstart Your Writing Career: Find Your Path to Publication
        05 Oct 2019 Pitch Ready: How to Revise Your Manuscript and Get it Ready to Pitch to Agents and Editors
        14 Sep 2019 Inspiration, Imagination and the Creative Spirit
        27 Jul 2019 Novel Writing Bootcamp
        31 Mar 2019 Sunday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        23 Mar 2019 The Building Blocks of Structuring Children's Books (Picture Books, Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels)
        26 Jan 2019 Jumpstart Your Writing Career: Find Your Path to Publication
        03 Nov 2018 Story-Telling for Social Justice & Advancement
        28 Jul 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        21 Jul 2018 Learn How to Self-Publish a Picture Book in Two Days
        28 Apr 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        24 Mar 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        10 Mar 2018 Crafting & Writing Your MG/YA Series in 12 Months
        20 Jan 2018 Jumpstart Your Writing Career Workshop + Author Headshot Day
        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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