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Welcome Scribblers, Writers, Dreamers!

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

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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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Revision Strategies for Novel Writers:

From Line Edits to Queries

with Jennifer Caloyeras


You’ve written a draft of your novel. Now what? Come learn about revision strategies from young adult novelist and short fiction writer Jennifer Caloyeras (and former Annenberg artist-in-residence). She will guide you through the revision process from line edits to global aspects of your writing as well as answer questions about the next steps in the writing process: querying agents and how to know when your work is ready. Participants will leave with a roadmap to revising their novel drafts. 


ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jennifer Caloyeras is a novelist and short fiction writer living in Los Angeles. She holds a BA In English from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a MA in English Literature from California State University Los Angeles and a MFA in creative writing through the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two young adult novels: Strays (2015) and Urban Falcon (2009). Her short stories have been published in Monday Night Literary,Wilde MagazineStorm Cellar and Booth. She has been a college instructor, elementary school teacher and camp counselor. She was the dog columnist for the Los Feliz Ledger and the Larchmont Ledger from 2006 until 2016. Jennifer served as the writer-in-residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House from January to March, 2016. Jennifer currently teaches creative writing at the UCLA Writer's Extension Program. 

Her first short fiction collection, Unruly Creatures, will be published by West Virginia University Press in the fall of 2017. 



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