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No author today makes a living on a single book. The best way to develop your writing business is to plan from the beginning to craft a series. This way, the avid readers of your first book can rush to continue the journey when they reach ‘the end.’

In this workshop, USA Today Best Selling YA author, Melle Amade, shows you exactly what she did to craft her best selling Shifter Chronicle series from book 1 through to the grand finale in book 4. She will present the balance of plot and momentum and how to handle those moments when characters simply do their own thing. From series overview to book brief to chapter by chapter outline to spreadsheet breakdown, she’ll give you all the tools she uses to understand her story, characters and plot from beginning to end before she writes a word.

Plotting out the story is key to delivering a fast manuscript, but you’re also going to need a few more tricks. Melle, a mother of two Marketing Director with a two-hour daily commute, will also show you exactly how she has managed to write not only a 4-book series in twelve months, but an additional two books, two novellas, and five short stories.

You’re going to leave this workshop with a conceptual plot for your own series and some key tools to help you make it a reality!

Speaker's Bio:


Melle Amade is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Shifter Chronicles, a YA Dark Urban Fantasy series. Her days are spent in an office overlooking Los Angeles International Airport where she works as a Director of Marketing for a data center technology firm, which wouldn’t make you think she had an MFA in film with an emphasis on writing from Chapman University. However, she also has degrees in visual communications and global communications, which allowed her to work for some of the finest technology firms in the world. In her spare time, Melle has penned six screenplays, four stage plays, an opera libretto, numerous short stories, and five manuscripts for novels. Her heart lies with her manuscripts, which are focused on YA and New Adult audiences and range in subject from Vikings in Iceland, to Knights Templar in Italy, to Aborigine mysticism in Australia, to shapeshifters in Los Angeles.

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members 

*Non-members pay the full amount 

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of SANCTUARY, BOOK 1 of the  SHIFTER CHRONICLES SERIES.

Speaker's Book:

It’s survival of the fittest, but first you have to fit in.

Shae is sure the icy rage that claws at her is driving away her friends and pulling her closer to the wrong boy. After all, it’s Aiden she has always secretly wanted, not Callum, who has barely spoken to her in the last year.

But, as her protected life unravels, she discovers the violent supernatural world that lurks in her quiet hometown and the ancient feuds that threaten to destroy both her friends and her family.

To save those she loves, Shae must succumb to her own fury and take on the Ravensgaard, the renegade warriors of the Order, but as the battle approaches her deepest fears are coming true, she’s becoming just like them. Shae's not sure she can afford the price she'll have to pay—her own humanity

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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Lost in the Stream

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