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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!

Our 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. 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 Vision

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.

Our Members

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:

P.O. Box 4376
Torrance, CA 90510

CBW-LA Membership Form

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How Fiction Writers Can Use Poetry Techniques to Amp Up Their Prose



“Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.” – Paul Engle

It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a 300 word picture book, a 30,000 word middle grade, or 60,000+ young adult: every word counts. Certainly, the characters and conflict must be well defined and engaging, but your language also holds incredible power. Your choice of words – the syntax and diction, the rhythm and imagery - can draw a reader in and move them, like a song.

In this class, you will go beyond the more obvious poetic techniques of rhyme, metaphor, and simile, and learn more about the beauty of the many rhythmic tropes and schemes that will amp up your prose and make your stories come to life. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never thought of yourself as a poet before! In this class, poetic techniques that might have seemed mysterious and impenetrable in the past will be made fun and accessible. You will explore the musicality of language and – simply put, play with words! -  along the way finding that you can express depth of emotion and find incredible power in your writing via the various poetic techniques. This will be an interactive workshop with writing exercises that will help you individualize your writing and find your voice.



E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, and now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. 

She is the author of the YA contemporary novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and the forthcoming THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen.

Date: August 6, 2016, Saturday

Time: 1- 4 PM

Venue: El Segundo Library

Fee: $55

*$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 HOW TO BE BRAVE


Chosen as one of the best YA Novels of November by Bustle.com
Buzzfeed YA Book To Watch
Featured on School Library Journal's Size Acceptance YA List

Georgia has always lived life on the sidelines: uncomfortable with her weight, awkward, never been kissed, terrified of failing.

Then her mom dies and her world is turned upside down. But instead of getting lost in her pain, she decides to enjoy life while she still can by truly living for the first time. She makes a list of ways to be brave-all the things she's always wanted to do but has been too afraid to try: learn to draw, try out for cheerleading, cut class, ask him out, kiss him, see what happens from there.

But she's about to discover that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But in the process, you realize you're stronger than you ever imagined...
This fearless, big-hearted, deeply moving book will make you laugh, cry, and inspire you to be brave.

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