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Does Your Story Have a Passport?
Creating Universal Stories that Reach Wider Audiences

with top Hollywood Story Consultants
Kathie Fong Yoneda and Pamela Jaye Smith

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This past year had proven that stories are so vitally important: people are recommending books, they’re trading books, they’re sharing stories, and they’re writing them!

In today’s tech-heavy media world that’s often quite divisive, it’s a smart move to make your stories as universal as possible to reach a wider audience and help create more interconnectivity and open-mindedness between people of all ages – especially children and young people.

For so many countries and cultures English is the preferred second language and with the proliferation of media distribution [print books, e-books, movies, TV, web series, podcasts, etc.] writers have more rich opportunities than ever before. 

Using timeless principles of story-telling, this interactive presentation will explore how you too can craft IP that publishers, agents, managers, and media producers will find relevant and attractive.

Even if your story takes place in a remote village or on another planet or dimension, you can touch upon global issues and universal archetypes that readers in many other places can relate to – while still keeping your story unique to you.

So get your Story a Passport and give it wings to travel round the world!



CBW-LA President Nutschell Windsor 
with speakers Pamela Jaye Smith and Kathie Fong Yoneda

With 35 years experience, KATHIE FONG YONEDA has worked for studios like Paramount, Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, focusing on anal

ysis and development of live action/animated film,  television, novels and web series. Her career includes exec positions with Disney, Touchstone, Island Pictures and Disney TV Animation.

Kathie has given over 290 workshops in North America, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, and her column on screenwriting became The Script-Selling Game (2nd edition

). Partial list of clients include RAI-TV Roma, Rocaberti Writers Retreat, Royal Melbourne Institute, National Film School of Denmark, Bournemouth University, ScreenTraining Ireland, South Carolina Writers, Singapore Media Academy, Romance Writers of America, Roma WebFest, Writers Institute, Children’s Book Writers-LA, Hawaii International Film Festival, ScriptFest, and Melbourne WebFest.

She was a guest of The Soviet Peace Committee for a 10-day media symposium in Moscow and also Keynote Speaker for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month at The Smithsonian. Kathie received the Mayor's medal from the

 City of Marseille for her work in Cultural Arts and was honored by the BronzeLens Film Festival as a Catalyst SuperStar for her work in media arts.

Clientele includes several award-winning writers. The Script Selling Game (2nd edition) is used in screenwriting curricula in universities worldwide. She also co-exec pro

duced the cable series Beyond the Break, the short film 30 Minutes, the web series The Big O and is on the Advisory Board for IMAGO (French Production Company) and LAWebfest.

PAMELA JAYE SMITH is a mythologist, writer, international consultant-speaker, and award-winning writer-producer-director with over thirty years experience in the media industry in features, TV, music videos, documentaries, corporate and military films, web series, and XR projects in Hollywood and around the world.

Her Cuban Circuit script was a winner at the Bahamas Intl. Film Festival. Pamela has written five books for content creators, is co-author of two children’s books, “Petra Volare” and “Skruffy”, and writes short stories, with a few novels in progress.

Credits include Fox, Disney, Paramount, Microsoft, Universal, RAI-TV Rome, UCLA, USC Film School, American Film Institute, Women in Film, Natl. Film Institute of Denmark, LA and Marseille WebFests, Romance Writers of America, Children’s Book Writers LA, Rocaberti Writers Retreat, media festi¬≠vals and story conferences.

She has written hundreds of articles and most recently her piece on “The First Gods of Mars” was accepted into The Mars Society official library. Pamela recently presented at their Annual Convention.

Various projects have taken Smith to the Arctic, the Andes, SE Asia, Europe, and New Zealand and soon, South Africa.

Her company MYTHWORKS helps people improve their stories, discover and live their Personal Myths, and better present their projects. Pitch Materials She is co-founder of Alpha Babe Academy and Mythic Challenges – Create Stories that Change the World.


To Register for this Workshop, click here: 

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.


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

P.O. Box 4376
Torrance, CA 90510

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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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