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Upcoming events

    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Torrance Airport Meeting Room- Zamperini Field 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505
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    NOVEL WRITING BOOTCAMP

    Want to know how to write a novel? Well, here’s your chance. CBW-LA Founder and President Nutschell Anne Windsor will lead you through a 3 Hour Workshop which will teach you the basics of novel writing.

    You’ll learn about genre, word count and the various Elements of Fiction (theme, dialogue, etc). Most importantly, you’ll learn how to develop great characters, create exciting settings and plot your novel.

    This Novel Writing Bootcamp will be particularly helpful if:

    • 1.       You have an idea for a book but you have no idea how to even begin writing it.
    • 2.       You are in the middle of writing your first draft and you’re not sure how your story should end or if your story arc is working.
    • 3.       You are about to rewrite/revise your manuscript and you’re having trouble figuring out how to fix certain plot lines.

    There will be tons of handouts, worksheets, recommended books and helpful links to help you out!


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    NUTSCHELL ANNE WINDSOR (pronounced Noo-SHELL, in case you were wondering) Anne Windsor is a middle grade/young adult fantasy writer. She is the President of CBW-LA, the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA.org), which she founded in 2010 with the hope of sharing knowledge with fellow children’s book writers in the area. Through her work with CBW-LA Publications, Nutschell has co-created, co-produced, and co-written Story Sprouts and Story Sprouts: Voice, Writing Day Resource and Anthologies which features more than 60 works of original poetry and prose, along with writing prompts, tips, techniques and handouts -rich reference tools for writers and teachers alike. Nutschell also co-created and co-produced Kayla Wayman, Junior Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream, a Story Sprouts Collaborative novel with one character, one story and one voice written by 24 different authors. To achieve this amazing feat, Nutschell pieced together all 24 stories by writing 8 key scenes. She also contributed the three illustrations found within the novel.

    Aside from her work with CBW-LA, Nutschell is also the Co-Regional Adviser of the L.A. Region of SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), where she help organize and produce various writing events and conferences for the Los Angeles Region.

    But Nutschell’s love for all things writing doesn’t end there. Currently, she is the Program Manager for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

    Nutschell’s experiences have turned her into a detail-oriented, organized planner, and she uses these skills to teach and facilitate workshops and critique sessions for CBW-LA. She is also an active member of the blogging community. She shares writing tips, techniques and reports on various writing events at www.thewritingnut.com and on Twitter @nutschell.



    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBA
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    Inspiration, Imagination
    and the Creative Spirit

    How do you gain inspiration for a piece? How do you maintain motivation to finish your manuscript or revise draft after draft? We'll talk about what inspires the writing process, what barriers pop up and what we can do to keep feeling inspired and do some fun exercises that empower the creative spirit.


    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts,and a copy of Eileen’s book WINGS OF COLOR.


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    EILEEN PRICE   is an independent author whose love of storytelling began at an early age.  She has self-published five children’s storybooks, one coloring book, and two learning card games … so far.  In 2013 she launched We Are Brilliance, dedicated to inspiration, imagination, and the creative spirit. Prior to launching her career as a writer, Eileen developed a collection of learning games and activities focused on stimulating the imagination as a gateway to learning.  These delightful offerings will soon be brought to life at www.wearebrilliance.com.


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Most of us call them butterflies.  But to young Niki, these sparkling specks are wings of color.  She sees nature in her own way.  
    On this day, the Forest of Romaly becomes the backdrop for some unexpected surprises.
    Join Niki in her meadow playground as she dances her way to new and enchanting friendships.  
    * Recommended for girls, ages 5 – 10
    *  8.5 x 8.5 soft cover book
    *  44 delightfully illustrated pages featuring 1 tear-out coloring page plus an activity for the whole family
    * ISBN:  978-0-9888902-8-2

Past events

31 Mar 2019 Sunday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
23 Mar 2019 The Building Blocks of Structuring Children's Books (Picture Books, Middle Grade & Young Adult Novels)
26 Jan 2019 Jumpstart Your Writing Career: Find Your Path to Publication
03 Nov 2018 Story-Telling for Social Justice & Advancement
28 Jul 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
21 Jul 2018 Learn How to Self-Publish a Picture Book in Two Days
28 Apr 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
24 Mar 2018 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
10 Mar 2018 Crafting & Writing Your MG/YA Series in 12 Months
20 Jan 2018 Jumpstart Your Writing Career Workshop + Author Headshot Day
09 Dec 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
02 Dec 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
18 Nov 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
28 Oct 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
14 Oct 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
07 Oct 2017 FIFTH ANNUAL CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon—Story Sprouts: Fables, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (Workshop + Anthology)
30 Sep 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
23 Sep 2017 Kickstarter Crowdfunding Success Strategies
09 Sep 2017 Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)
26 Aug 2017 Creative Meditation: Generating Story Ideas Using Mindful Practices and Other Creative Processes
12 Aug 2017 Saturday Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
22 Jul 2017 Revision Strategies for Novel Writers: From Line Edits to Queries
10 Jun 2017 How to Write a Query Letter and Find a Literary Agent with Seth Fishman of the Gernert Company Literary Agency
03 Jun 2017 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
08 Apr 2017 Structure, Structure, Structure! Creating Detailed Outlines & Engaging Pitches
04 Mar 2017 BEYOND THE HERO'S JOURNEY: Other Powerful Mythic Themes and Trends for Children's and Young Adult Storytelling
18 Feb 2017 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza 2
10 Dec 2016 Creative Writing Exercise Extravaganza
12 Nov 2016 QUERYPALOOZA 2: HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY AND HOOK AN AGENT WITH EVE PORINCHAK OF THE JILL CORCORAN LITERARY AGENCY
22 Oct 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
15 Oct 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
08 Oct 2016 Publishing Your Book on Kindle:The Complete Process
17 Sep 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
27 Aug 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
13 Aug 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
06 Aug 2016 How Fiction Writers Can Use Poetry Techniques to Amp Up Their Prose
23 Jul 2016 Twenty Reasons You're Not Getting Published with Literary Agent Steve Hutson
25 Jun 2016 Author Marketing Secrets: How to Authentically Connect with your Readers through Social Media & Beyond
14 May 2016 CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon—Story Sprouts: Conflict (Workshop + Anthology)
23 Apr 2016 Beyond the Book Deal: Charting the Path Ahead
16 Apr 2016 Date Change: Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
26 Mar 2016 Novel Writing Bootcamp
19 Mar 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
27 Feb 2016 The Secrets of “Show Don’t Tell”
27 Feb 2016 CBW–LA Write-In Session
20 Feb 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
23 Jan 2016 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2016
19 Dec 2015 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
05 Dec 2015 CBW-LA Co-op at the Author Alley
14 Nov 2015 Collaborative Novel Launch Party & 5th Year Anniversary Celebration
08 Nov 2015 SUNDAY Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
07 Nov 2015 Take a Scene from Ho-hum to Holy Crap!: Writing that Gets an Editor's Attention
24 Oct 2015 From Kickstarter to Good Morning America: One Writer Shares Her Secrets to Success
17 Oct 2015 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All!
26 Sep 2015 QUERYPALOOZA: HOW TO WRITE AN EYE-CATCHING QUERY AND HOOK AN AGENT WITH EVE PORINCHAK OF THE JILL CORCORAN LITERARY AGENCY
05 Sep 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
29 Aug 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
22 Aug 2015 Understanding and Unlocking Amazon and Online Marketing
25 Jul 2015 Picture Book Workshop: The Power of Critique Groups & Writing Tips I’ve Learned Along the Way
25 Jul 2015 CBW–LA Summer Write-In Session
20 Jun 2015 How to WOW Agents and Editors at Your Next Writing Conference
13 Jun 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
23 May 2015 Using a Story Map to Find the Holes in Your Story
21 May 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
09 May 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
25 Apr 2015 Story Sprouts: Setting, FULL–DAY Writing Workshop and Anthology
16 Apr 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
11 Apr 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
19 Mar 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
14 Mar 2015 Presenting Your Fantasy or Mythic Story
07 Mar 2015 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
28 Feb 2015 Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
24 Jan 2015 Critique Session: Open to All!
15 Jan 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
10 Jan 2015 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2015
06 Dec 2014 Novel Critique Session
20 Nov 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
08 Nov 2014 Write the Truth: Creative Nonfiction and Real World Inspiration
16 Oct 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
11 Oct 2014 Story Sprouts 2014 Launch Party
04 Oct 2014 Baiting the Hook: Nabbing the Reader With Your First Page
27 Sep 2014 Write Stories That Change the World & Pitch Them to TV & Movie Producers
18 Sep 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
13 Sep 2014 Picture Book/Chapter Book/ Early Reader Critique Session
23 Aug 2014 Do You Give...Good Voice? How to Find (and Nurture) Your Writing Personality
09 Aug 2014 Novel Critique Session
12 Jul 2014 Establishing Your Independence: Marketing Secrets from a Best-Selling Independent Author
28 Jun 2014 Do You Give...Good Voice? How to Find (and Nurture) Your Writing Personality
14 Jun 2014 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
31 May 2014 Writing Day Anthology Workshop: Get Published with CBW-LA
19 Apr 2014 MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT CRITIQUE SESSION
29 Mar 2014 Novel Writing Bootcamp
22 Feb 2014 Honing Your Middle Grade Writing Voice: A Workshop with Author Kristen Kittscher
08 Feb 2014 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
11 Jan 2014 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2014
09 Nov 2013 MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT CRITIQUE SESSION
02 Nov 2013 Anthology Launch Party & Year End Celebration
05 Oct 2013 NONFICTION/ MEMOIR CRITIQUE SESSION
26 Sep 2013 Picture Book Workshop: The Power of Critique Groups & Writing Tips I’ve Learned Along the Way
07 Sep 2013 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
17 Aug 2013 Potent World-Making: What's Myth Got to Do With It?
27 Jul 2013 Query Critique Session
20 Jul 2013 Writing Between the Lines: The Power of Multiple Revisions A Workshop with YA Author Carmen Rodrigues
22 Jun 2013 Writing Day Anthology Workshop: Get Published with CBW-LA
25 May 2013 Queries, Loglines and Blurbs: Oh My! Workshop with Author Samantha Combs
13 Apr 2013 CRITIQUE SESSION
30 Mar 2013 The Author's Platform: Blogging with the Bird
12 Jan 2013 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop & Lunch Social 2013

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