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with Catherine Linka and Tami Lewis Brown

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Whether you want to publish fiction or non-fiction, a picture book or novel, your story needs to connect with agents and editors. To accomplish that your characters need to feel real and even in quiet stories, must be compelling. 

As writers, we make our characters unforgettable when we reveal who they are at the core. 

In this workshop, picture book and middle grade author, Tami Lewis Brown, teams up with YA author, Catherine Linka, to show how the answers to three revealing questions can help writers turn a character into one who readers, agents and editors can’t resist.

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. 




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 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


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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!

Once you've had a look around, be sure to check out OUR NEWSLETTER at for thoughts on writing.

Upcoming events


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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To send a check, download the membership form below and mail it along with your payment to:

P.O. Box 4376
Torrance, CA 90510

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Kayla Wayman, 
 Teen Time Traveler: 
Lost in the Stream

A Story Sprouts 
Middle Grade
Collaborative Novel

Story Sprouts
CBW-LA Writing Day
Exercises and Anthology


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