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    • 29 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING CAREER:
    FIND YOUR PATH TO PUBLICATION  

    Find the “write path” towards achieving your writing dreams. Discover who you are as a writer, and learn all about your different publishing options.

    If you’ve always wanted to write, but don’t know where to start, if you’re stuck in a writing rut or want to rekindle your passion for writing, or if you’re serious about getting published but don’t know much about the industry, this workshop is for you.

    We’ll have worksheets, handouts and writing exercises to help you get started on whatever writing path you wish to travel.

    Here's a sampling of what you'll learn if you register for the workshop:

    1. The Key Paths to Publishing - Traditional publishing and self-publishing are just two of the many options you have for getting published.

    2. How a book gets published traditionally

    3. The basics of self-publishing including:

    a. Your self-publishing options

    b. The Real Cost of Self-Publishing a book

    4. The pros and cons for both traditional publishing and self-publishing

    5. Other Publishing Options 

    6. Tools to kickstart your writing career

    And much, much more!

    About the Speaker

    Nutschell (pronounced Noo-SHELL, in case you were wondering) Anne Windsor is a middle grade/young adult fantasy writer. She is the Founder and President of CBW-LA and is the Co-Regional Advisor of the L.A. Region of SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). She also works full-time as the Program Manager for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program

    You can learn more about her by reading her interview with Voyage LA Magazine.


    • 06 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)
    • 8
    Register

    ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
    FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

    Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

    Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


    THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

    As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

    Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

    In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

    TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

    TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

    T = Terrific

    We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

    A = Author Questions

    In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

    C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

    T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





      • 19 Feb 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Online via Zoom
      Register

      Eight Precious Writing Tips No One Talks About


      This craft-oriented workshop focuses on eight practical tips to help writers take their writing to the next level that the instructor finds woefully neglected in most writing instruction. Tips include how to embrace chance in your concept generation process; why infodumps are gauche and how to cunningly hide them; how to instantly make the diversity in your writing more realistic; how to learn from radically different story structures such as the East Asian four-act structure; and how to bullet-time dodge imposture syndrome. In-class exercises include flash writing sprints, Surrealist parlor games, and method acting/improv challenges.

       

      ABOUT THE SPEAKER


      HENRY LIEN

      Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. He is the author of the acclaimed and award-winning PEASPROUT CHEN middle grade fantasy series. His short fiction has appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, and F&SF, and he is a four-time Nebula/Norton Award finalist. Henry also teaches writing for institutions including UCLA, the University of Iowa, and Clarion West and he won the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award. Henry has previously worked as an attorney and fine art dealer. Born in Taiwan, Henry currently lives in Hollywood. Hobbies include writing and performing campy science fiction/fantasy anthems, and losing Nebula and Norton Awards.


      Purchase his books here: https://henrylien.com/works/




      • 13 Mar 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Online (Zoom)
      • 10
      Register

      ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
      FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

      Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

      Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


      THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

      As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

      Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

      In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

      TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

      TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

      T = Terrific

      We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

      A = Author Questions

      In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

      C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

      T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





        • 19 Mar 2022
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • Online via Zoom
        Register

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

        with Pamela Jaye Smith

        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!

                 

         

        ABOUT THE SPEAKER

        Pamela Jaye Smith - Rocaberti Castle Writers' Retreat

        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 festi­vals 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.

        www.pamelajayesmith.com

        LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-jaye-smith-b06959/





        • 03 Apr 2022
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • Online (Zoom)
        • 9
        Register

        ONLINE CRITIQUE SESSION
        FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

        Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genres welcome

        Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  At our critique sessions, you'll get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends.


        THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

        As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

        Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.

        In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

        TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.

        TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:

        T = Terrific

        We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.

        A = Author Questions

        In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to  clarify the comments you received.

        C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story. 

        T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.





          • 09 Apr 2022
          • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
          • Online via Zoom
          Register

          Achieve Your Writing Dreams:
          How a Mom of Three Published a Picture Book that Debuted as a #1 Release on Amazon


          When your goal is to have your story published, sometimes you have to get out of your own way to do it. Learn how mom of three Angie Flores took her story idea and turned it into a best-selling picture book. Cub's Wish debuted as #1 release on Amazon and has been translated into several languages. Angie has also been featured on several podcasts and radio shows as well as Disney/ABC7's Magic of Storytelling. Angie's journey will inspire you and she'll share various processes and  approaches to achieve your publishing dreams. It's not magic, it's in you.

           

          ABOUT THE SPEAKER


          ANGIE FLORES

          Angie Flores is a homegrown California native of Los Angeles and calls the South Bay her home.  With a degree in Child Psychology, and a career that spanned from working with challenged children and adults, to working the corporate scene as an HR manager, she always felt there was more for her to achieve.  With the love and support of her family, Angie has followed her dream of writing children's picture books and getting published.

          Cub's Wish is Angie's first solo book, and debuted as a #1 New Release, and best seller on Amazon at #2767 of all 11million+ books, and holds 5-star reviews with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Readers Favorite, and more.  Cub's Wish quickly became a multiple award winner and gained instant recognition.  Angie was also awarded "Best Female Author" for Children's Literature through "the Authors Show" and awarded a spot in their book "Authors You Should Be Reading".   Angie sits on the board of the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA) where she assists writers on their path to publication. Her writing has been showcased in the CBWLA Story Sprouts anthologies and the award-winning middle grade collaborative novel "Kayla Wayman, Junior Time Traveler, Lost in the Stream".  Angie is on the board of Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California (RIFSoCal), taking part in getting new books into the hands of children in underserved schools.

          Featured in several podcasts, radio, cable tv, print magazines and YouTube segments, as well Disney/ABC7's Magic of Storytelling, Angie speaks on the importance of parental inclusion and reading to your children. In 2019 Angie's wish was realized with her books physically making it to the shelves of Barnes and Noble, in 2 California locations, Boston, and Nevada, as well as several indie bookstores and is sold internationally.
          Cub's Wish has made its mark as a thoughtful bonding book that brings out the sweet moments of conversation between care giver and child, and the understanding that sometimes we all need a little guidance to achieve our dreams.  Angie felt the message would resonate with families around the world and has made the book available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, Tagalog, as well as Braille, with other languages in production.

          While Angie enjoys sharing Cub's message with children and families at schools and events, her goal is to teach kids kindness, empathy, and to think all choices through to ensure a positive result.


          Purchase her books here: https://www.angiefloresbooks.com/books




        Past events

        09 Jan 2022 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        14 Nov 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        17 Oct 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        25 Sep 2021 Visually Sketching Out Your Plot
        12 Sep 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        08 Aug 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        11 Jul 2021 Online Critique Session: All Genres Welcome
        10 Jul 2021 The Joy of Revision: See Your Work Anew
        19 Jun 2021 Nonfiction Observation for Fiction Writers (or: Why Spying is Good for You)
        17 Apr 2021 SUBMISSION STUDIO: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, and Ten Ways to Translate “No” to “Yes!”
        27 Mar 2021 Character and Conflict for Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors
        28 Feb 2021 JUMPSTART YOUR WRITING CAREER: FIND YOUR PATH TO PUBLICATION
        18 Oct 2020 The Magical Scene Trifecta and Other Strategies for Writing Scenes
        25 Jul 2020 CBW-LA Virtual Happy Hour: Are You Feeling All Write?
        18 Jan 2020 Jumpstart Your Writing Career: Find Your Path to Publication
        05 Oct 2019 Pitch Ready: How to Revise Your Manuscript and Get it Ready to Pitch to Agents and Editors
        14 Sep 2019 Inspiration, Imagination and the Creative Spirit
        27 Jul 2019 Novel Writing Bootcamp
        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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