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featured event:

Artistic Cross Training: 
Learn to Sharpen Your Writing from Other Disciplines

Register here: www.cbw-la.org

 

R.S. Mellette came to novels by way of acting, directing, filmmaking, television and design. When he turned to writing a novel, he found his knowledge of each of these disciplines improved his writing. Now, he shares his 30 years of experience in Hollywood with you.


*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, and a copy of the speaker's book.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

R.S. MELLETTE

R.S. Mellette is a film producer/writer/director/actor and novelist.  As Associate Director of for Dances With Films (one of MovieMaker's top 25 coolest film festivals in the world), Robert created the 2Minute 2Step short film challenge which has produced more nearly 40 short movies.  He wrote and directed the multi-festival winner, Jacks or Better.  He also wrote the first web-to-television intellectual property "The Xena Scrolls" for Universal Studio's Xena: Warrior Princess.  On Blue Crush and Nutty Professor II he served as script coordinator.  He's acted in countless stage productions across the U.S.  As an author, he has four published short stories, and his novel series Billy Bobble Made a Magic Wand and Billy Bobble And The Witch Hunt from Elephant's Bookshelf Press.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand

"E = mc2 is no longer the most powerful force in the universe. Your wand is." Twelve-year-old Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn't mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling to her last remnant of childhood, a belief in magic. Together they made Billy a real, working, magic wand, and opened a door to the Quantum World where thoughts create reality, and all things – good and bad – are possible.


Register here: www.cbw-la.org


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 medium.com for thoughts on writing.


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HISTORY

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.

MISSION AND PURPOSE

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.

MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS

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.

HOW TO JOIN

(Online form currently down)

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

CBW-LA
P.O. Box 4376
Torrance, CA 90510

CBW-LA Membership Form


OUR BOOKS


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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