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Upcoming events

    • 26 May 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • El Segundo Main Library 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo CA 90245
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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?



    • 21 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Jul 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Torrance Airport Meeting Room - Zamperini Field 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance CA 90505
    • 28
    Register

    Learn How to Self-Publish 
    a Picture Book in Two Days 

    Ever thought about making a picture book? Are you interested in self-publishing? Do you want to take control and make a living as an author? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you!

    Join best-selling, independent author A.J. Cosmo as he breaks down the steps to write, illustrate, market, print, and sell your independently published children’s book.

    This workshop will encompass two days of detailed instruction and includes hands on demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to have a completed draft of a picture book manuscript and bring a laptop or tablet device, along with a notebook, to the presentations.

    A box lunch will be provided both days. Space is extremely limited!

    What you will learn:

    1. Pricing, categorizing, and positioning your children’s book to sell
    2. Industry standards for picture books along with the reasons for those guidelines
    3. Creating your book by working with illustrators and editors without breaking the bank
    4. Printing your book using on demand services or overseas printing
    5. Marketing your book and making a living as a writer

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, and lunch on both days

    *Optional signed copy of AJ's book Big Science: Galileo's Gamble


    SCHEDULE:

    Day 1

    9AM-12PM

    • Introduction
    • Book pitch
    • The basics of the book business
    • Budgeting for your book project
    • Finding your category
    • Researching competition
    • Price points
    • Editing & Revising
    • Creating your book dummy

    12PM-1PM
    Lunch Break

    1PM-3PM

    • Finding an illustrator
    • Working with an illustrator
    • Social media marketing


    Day 2

    9AM-12PM

    • Introduction to InDesign
    • PDF formats and printing terms
    • Printing Options: CreateSpace, Ingram Sparks, PrintNinja (China)
    • Bowker and ISBN codes
    • BISAAC categories
    • Copyrighting and Library of Congress

    12PM-1PM
    Lunch Break

    1PM-3PM

    • Sales copy
    • Keywords
    • Setting up a pre-release
    • Facebook marketing and ads
    • Amazon algorithms and ads
    • Stocking options and store agreements
    • Release day
    • After release marketing
    • Wrap up and questions
    • eBook handout

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    A.J. Cosmo is the author and illustrator of over thirty children's books ranging from picture to middle grade. An advocate of "professional self-publishing", he enjoys helping other authors achieve their dreams.







    ABOUT THE BOOK

    In this fun, kid-friendly, read-along book, children and their parents examine gravity through the eyes of a middle-school aged Galileo and his best friend Newton, who, spurred by the phenomenon of two objects falling, explore the question “Do heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones?” Children learn basic experimental design in the context of an easy to understand and engaging story that is sure to inspire further exploration and thinking.


     

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20 Jan 2018 Jumpstart Your Writing Career Workshop + Author Headshot Day
09 Dec 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
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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
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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
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18 Feb 2017 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza 2
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22 Oct 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
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13 Aug 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
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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
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25 Jul 2015 Picture Book Workshop: The Power of Critique Groups & Writing Tips I’ve Learned Along the Way
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20 Jun 2015 How to WOW Agents and Editors at Your Next Writing Conference
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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
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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
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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
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02 Nov 2013 Anthology Launch Party & Year End Celebration
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12 Jan 2013 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop & Lunch Social 2013

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