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 Director (Stationer)
Alana Garrigues is a freelance journalist and creative nonfiction author. Originally from the bookish mecca of Portland, Oregon, she now lives the sunshine life in Redondo Beach, California, where she writes for the local newspaper and raises identical twin girls with her husband.
She is currently writing a “humorous humanitarian” book about a California nurse who uprooted from her laid-back, beach town lifestyle to move to the bush of Benin, West Africa to found a non-profit. Other projects include rough drafts of several children’s stories scribbled into notebooks, awaiting rediscovery and revision. Never one to pigeonhole, Alana is equally in love with telling compelling true stories and inspiring kids to love reading and writing; she hopes to move her career forward with one foot solidly rooted in both camps: creative nonfiction and kid lit.
Alana is happiest when she sets foot on no fewer than two continents in a year, where she spends a great deal of time exploring and attempting to decode language and culture while away. She is a meticulous researcher, terrible housecleaner, incessant daydreamer, nature lover, and dabbler in all things art-related.
Alana is the Publications Director for CBW-LA and author of “writercize,” a blog brimming with writing prompts for writers, students and teachers. She can be found at www.alanagarrigues.com.
Angie Flores | Marketing Manager (Marketer)
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.