Nutschell Anne Windsor | Founder and President (Head Scribe)
Nutschell (pronounced noo-shell) is a Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy Writer who hails from the Philippines and now lives in sunny Los Angeles. She is an SCBWI-L.A. Board member (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators), acting as its Contest Coordinator.
Nutschell founded the non-profit writing organization Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (www.cbw-la.org) in 2010 with the simple hope of sharing writing knowledge with fellow children’s book writers in the area.
She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, where in her final year, she was President of the UP Bukluran sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino, an academic organization dedicated to promoting Filipino Psychology.
Nutschell later on became an English Teacher for her alma-mater, Miriam College High School, one of the top all-girls catholic schools in the Philippines.
Currently, she works as an accounting clerk for a wholesale company in Beverly Hills. All these experiences have turned her into a detail-oriented, organized planner and she uses these skills to teach and facilitate the workshops and mini-class sessions for the group.
A Jane-of-all-Trades, Nutschell’s interests include photography, traveling, sketching, playing the guitar and drums, playing basketball, badminton, billiards, and singing in the shower. She also practices the Filipino martial art of Escrima, and bakes yummy desserts.
Lucy Ravitch | Secretary (Second Scribe)
Lucy lives in the Los Angeles area and is a stay-at-home mom who loves to read and write children’s picture books. She uses her Elementary Education degree when she is thinking of new topics to write about.
You will find her writing picture books or board books with various math concepts sprinkled throughout her manuscript. She has been a member of SCBWI since early 2010 and a member of CBW-LA since June 2010 before it was officially named CBW-LA. She is the Vice President (AKA Second Scribe) where she helps the Head Scribe, Nutschell, with planning and logistics of the group meetups. Lucy also loves to hike, play tennis, do quilting projects, and spend quality “goofy time” with her kids and husband.
Tiffani Barth | Treasurer (Chamberlain)
Tiffani joined CBW-LA to find support and encouragement in the lonely world of writing, and is currently the Treasurer for the group. She is also an active member of SCBWI.
She writes middle grade and young adult fantasy in order to cope with the stresses of reality, although she often finds more reality in imaginary worlds and situations than she usually anticipates. When not writing, she can be spotted hiking, eating ice cream, and brainstorming ideas for the next blockbuster YouTube video. She currently resides in West Hollywood, CA where she works in television production.
Alana Garrigues | Publications Editor (Stationer)
Alana is a Redondo Beach-based freelance journalist who also writes picture books and keeps up an active educational blog. Her non-writing time is filled with parenting young identical twin girls, daydreams and as much travel as she can manage. A Portland, Oregon native, Alana lived in Seattle, Boston, DC, and New York, with brief stints in Germany and Italy, before settling in lovely So Cal in summer 2008.
Alana wrote her first story at age five about a Mamma feeding her three baby birds, and she never really stopped. Her middle school years were filled with writing picture books for the kids she babysat and comparing techniques in a library crit group. Oddly enough, Alana finished her schooling at the University of Washington without taking a single English course (International Business/Communications degrees), but she typed up plenty of press releases, training materials and business plans at internships to make up for it. After time working for an Italian airline, recruiting college students, managing an art studio and staying home with her kids, she finally made the professional writing leap in her early thirties.
Alana joined CBW-LA in September 2010 and is the group’s Stationer (Publications Editor). She loves the diversity and knowledge of the group’s members and always learns something new and fascinating at the meetings. Since Alana feels claustrophobic squeezed into a genre box, she is trying to forge ahead bridging the gap between journalism, picture books, creative nonfiction and blogging. It is surely a familiar plight for many writers.
At the writercize blog, Alana writes a mix of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and word play writing prompts several times a week to exercise those writing muscles. She can be found at writercize.blogspot.com and on twitter @alanagarrigues.
Angie Flores | Marketing Manager (Soliciter)
Born and raised in Hollywood, Angie was always destined for some kind of "Stardom.”
While attending Cal State Dominguez Hills and receiving a BA in Child Psychology and Masters courses in Conflict Negotiations, she met her Prince Charming who became her happily ever after. Now she calls the South Bay her home with her husband and three boys, and her Oscar will just have to wait.
Angie found her love in writing children's stories and picture books through the concepts and questions her young boys would present. She is also following in her grandmother's footsteps, who illustrated children's books in Germany in the 1920's.
With over 20 stories waiting to be discovered, Angie continues to write and knows her time will come. Angie has also written two television pilots, scripts for on-air radio announcements, and a movie script. (Maybe that's where the Oscar will come.)
Angie has come a long way from her first job at Mann's Chinese Theater popping popcorn. She has taught physically and mentally challenged children and adults, been an Event Coordinator for weddings and corporations, owned a photography business for babies and weddings, worked as Casting Assistant for a popular casting agency in Hollywood, was a Placement Manager for executives, office personnel, and medical personnel, and served as Human Resources Manager for a major satellite company.
Currently Angie is a Human Resources Manager on a part-time basis and spends the majority of her work time writing handbooks, policies and procedures, and marketing materials. Angie is also very active with the Walteria Academic Alliance where she has implemented and coordinated several successful fundraisers for Walteria Elementary School.On her down time she loves to travel, make jewelry, and roller skate on the beach. Insomnia usually brings her the time to write her stories. Angie also reads her stories at different schools for her target audiences, and has spoken to middle school writing classes on the journey of a story and finding motivation.
Sibylla Nash | Publicity and Social Media Coordinator (Herald)
Sibylla Nash is an author and freelance writer. A graduate of USC with a degree in print journalism, her work has appeared in a variety of magazines, and newspapers including Essence, Vibe, The Chicago Tribune and others. She has written two novels Bumped and DreamCity. She is also the author of Baby Modeling & Beyond: From the Stroller to the Red Carpet, where she draws upon her experience as a mother of the young actress, Kortney Nash, to help parents navigate a career for their children in the entertainment industry.