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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, workshops, guest lectures, monthly write-ins at a local coffee shop, networking, writing support, and even publishing opportunities for our members and guests. Every month, there's something interesting on our calendar!
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. We encourage you to attend the workshop each spring 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.
How to Join
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Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza
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.
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