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    • 18 Feb 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Torrance Airport Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance CA 90505

    Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza 2

    This session is about getting the creative juices flowing and about mastering the your writing voice. We'll also learn to generate story and scene ideas and discover how to apply various writing techniques to your own work. 

    The writing exercises are designed to help hone your writing skills, and to help you find your writing voice and style. 

    Bring your a Notebook/Journal/Pad Paper and your writing instrument of choice. Bring whatever will get your creative juices flowing--whether it be a pencil, a special pen, a quill or colored markers.

    About the Facilitator

    Alana Garrigues is a freelance journalist and creative nonfiction author. Originally from the bookish mecca of Portland, Oregon, she now lives the sunshine life in Redondo Beach, California, where she writes for the local newspaper and raises identical twin girls with her husband.

    She is currently writing a “humorous humanitarian” book about a California nurse who uprooted from her laid-back, beach town lifestyle to move to the bush of Benin, West Africa to found a non-profit. Other projects include rough drafts of several children’s stories scribbled into notebooks, awaiting rediscovery and revision. Never one to pigeonhole, Alana is equally in love with telling compelling true stories and inspiring kids to love reading and writing; she hopes to move her career forward with one foot solidly rooted in both camps: creative nonfiction and kid lit.

    Alana is happiest when she sets foot on no fewer than two continents in a year, where she spends a great deal of time exploring and attempting to decode language and culture while away. She is a meticulous researcher, terrible housecleaner, incessant daydreamer, nature lover, and dabbler in all things art-related.

    Alana is the Publications Director for CBW-LA and author of “writercize,” a blog brimming with writing prompts for writers, students and teachers. She can be found at www.alanagarrigues.com

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBA

    BEYOND THE HERO'S JOURNEY: Other Powerful Mythic Themes and Trends for Children's and Young Adult Storytelling

    with Kathie Fong Yoneda

    & Pamela Jaye Smith


    Are you frustrated because your Children's or Young Adult story doesn't fit the storytelling pattern of the Hero's Journey?

    Did you know there are dozens of other powerful Mythic Themes you can use like The Wakeup Call, Search for the Soul Mate, Search for the Promised Land, Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell, Stealing Fire From Heaven, and many more?

    And what exactly have the agents, editors and publishers been excited about most recently?

    Authors and storytelling/media specialists Pamela Jaye Smith and Kathie Fong Yoneda will tackle those questions and more, while showing you:

    *           How to align your project with timeless Mythic and Universal Storytelling Themes.

    *           The importance of creating the 3 Mythic Statements to make your story memorable.

    *           How to utilize your presentation skills to agents, editors and the public.

    *           How to select the Plot Points best suited for your style, genre and time period while retaining your own unique style.

    Use the Mythic Themes and Statements to tap into our collective unconscious and create what we all yearn for in stories: familiarity and surprise. The familiarity comes from using these inherent universal patterns. The surprise comes from telling the stories and crafting the characters with your own unique style and vision.

    **Writers will each get a five minute session with Kathie and Pamela Jaye to work on their pitch, talk about theme, plot, characters, or whatever they like.











    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

    Pamela Jaye Smith is a mythologist, writer, international consultant-speaker, and award-winning writer-producer-director with over thirty years experience in the media industry. Her Cuban Circuitscript was a recent winner at the Bahamas Intl. Film Festival.  Pamela authored 5 books for media-makers, is co-author of two children’s books, Petra Volare and Skruffy, writes short stories and articles and teaches online for writers groups. Her company MYTHWORKS helps people improve their stories, live their personal myths, and better present their projects.  Pitch Materials  PitchProxy Pros. She is co-founder of Alpha Babe Academy and Mythic Challenges – Create Stories that Change the World.

    Kathie Fong Yoneda is an entertainment consultant specializing in development and marketing of live action and animated film, television, literary, and web projects. A former exec at Disney, Touchstone, Island Pictures, and Disney TV Animation, she has taught workshops worldwide.  Her clientele includes several award-winning writers and she is the author of The Script-Selling Game. Kathie serves on the board of directors for Imago (French production company) and The LAWEBFEST and she co-exec produced the cable series Beyond The Break and teaches a popular online class, Pitch & Presentation, for Screenwriters University. Kathie can be reached online at www.kathiefongyoneda.com.




    ABOUT THE BOOKS


    Having trouble making your story fit the pattern of The Hero's Journey?

    Can't quite make those paradigms match your own characters and plot?

    Maybe that's because your story is actually based on a different pattern.

    Contrary to popular opinion, The Hero's Journey is not the only Mythic Theme. It's certainly a good one but it is only one of many.

    A few years after the publication of Hero With a Thousand Faces, Dr. Joseph Campbell modified his position and observed that for different times and places there were different mythic structures and archetypes.

    This book introduces you to many other powerful Mythic Themes ranging from "About Face" to "Damsel in Distress", from "Stealing Fire From Heaven" to "The Wakeup Call".

    Each Mythic Theme is explained and explored via:

    * Media Echoes - other media on the same theme

    * The Myth itself

    * Mythic Meaning

    * Symbols, Analogies, Metaphors, and more

    * Plot Points - guidelines for your own story

    * Mythic Statements - Theme, Mission, and Lesson

    Using the guidelines in this workbook you can:

    * Refine and focus your story theme.

    * Select an appropriate sub-plot to enhance your story.

    * Use the Plot Points as guidelines for plot drivers, incidences, and scenes in your story.

    * Use symbols and images to spark audience recognition.

    * Maintain your originality while tapping into the timeless power of these classic myths.

    * Take your place in the long line of myth-makers who create moving and memorable stories that engage and entertain your audience.

    Add Beyond the Hero's Journey to your writing library today!



    The Script-Selling Game is like having a mentor in the business who answers your questions and provides you with not only valuable information, but real-life examples on how to maneuver your way through the Hollywood labyrinth. While the first edition focused mostly on film and television movies, the second edition includes a new chapter on animation and another on utilizing the Internet to market yourself and find new opportunities, plus an expansive section on submitting for television and cable.



    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBA

    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 is an author, screenwriter, and performer based out of Los Angeles, California.  He graduated from UCLA with a degree in theater and playwriting. After working for many years as a struggling actor and a children’s drama teacher, he received a three-book deal from HarperCollins for his middle-grade book series Scary School (written under penname Derek the Ghost). The first book of won an award for “Funniest Chapter Book of the Year” by Children’s Literature Network and the series went on to become one of the most popular for young readers. His bi-lingual picture book El Perro con Sombrero was released August, 2015 through Holt/Macmillan and quickly became a best-selling new picture book. His next book titled Kubrick’s Game comes out September 2016. Other available books include the award-winning educational picture book Simon and the Solar System and the magical adventure Rudy and the Beast.

     

    Derek’s work with children continues as he spends most of his days visiting schools all of the country for assemblies and classroom visits, where he not only entertains, but teaches children about the importance of reading and writing. He also works with After-School All-Stars  and has been a frequent guest speaker at schools in the Bell community.

     

    For more information about Derek, please visit DerekTaylorKent.com and www.ScarySchool.com.



    Date: April 8, 2017, Saturday

    Time: 1 - 4 PM

    Venue: TBA

    *$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 POOP.

     


    ABOUT THE 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. 

Past events

14 Jan 2017 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2017
10 Dec 2016 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza
03 Dec 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
26 Nov 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
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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