Educating and Inspiring Writers on the Road to Publication Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles

Upcoming events

    • 19 Apr 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • LA Public Library - Harbor Gateway Branch 24000 S. Western Ave., Harbor City, CA 90710
    • 8
    Calling all Middle Grade/Young Adult Writers Out There!

    Join this critique session to:

    Get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends!

    *Critique will be at the East Conference Room, so there will be a limit of 15 attendees.

    What to Bring:

    1. Bring the first chapter of your manuscript (First 7-8 pages). Or the chapter which you need the most help with.

     The general rule is that you must bring copies for every member who has signed up for the session. * Please wait for the final email from the organizer before printing copies, so you know exactly how many to print.*

    2. A voice/tape recorder if you wish to record the critiques.

    3. A notebook/pad and pen to use for your critique notes.


    As writers, we are very close to our work and often times 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 ready for submission.

    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.

    • 31 May 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field) Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505
    Do you want to see your name - and story - in print THIS fall? Are you looking for that extra inspiration to take your writing to the next level? Do you feel ready to dedicate a full day to the craft?

    Register for the Writing Day Anthology Workshop now and do all three! Join us for our second annual Story Sprouts CBW-LA Writing Day.

    Join your fellow writers on the road to publication for an intensive day of creative writing, and see your work published in the Story Sprouts Anthology this fall. 

    CBW-LA Founder and President Nutschell Windsor and Publications Editor Alana Garrigues will lead attendees on a whirlwind adventure through the writing process, complete with prompts, tips, games, time for reflection and revision ... along with food and socializing along the way! Nutschell's positive, organized and inspirational approach to working with writers has resulted in 60 glowing reviews on

    This year's theme is VOICE! So get ready to learn techniques and writing exercises designed to help you find your writing voice and style and hone your writing skills.

    By the end of the workshop, you will have a minimum of two pieces ready for publication in this year's CBW-LA Story Sprouts Anthology.

     All writers will receive one complimentary print copy and one complimentary digital copy of the finished product - and additional print and digital copies will be available through Amazon and at future CBW-LA events! It will make a great stocking stuffer for your biggest writing fans on your holiday shopping list. Anticipated publication date Sept. 30, 2014.**


    Register early. Space is limited!

    The Details

    Date: May 31, 2014

    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    * Registration & Socialization begins at 8:00 a.m.

    * Workshop will start at exactly 9:00 a.m.

    Place: Torrance Airport- Zamperini Field  Meeting Room

    3301 Airport Dr Torrance CA 90505


    Discounts Extended!

    Members SAVE $10 if you register and pay online by April 15th! (Just $115 for a full day writing workshop, lunch and complimentary publication in an anthology!)

    Non-Members SAVE $10 if you register and pay online by April 15th! (Just $125 for a full day writing workshop, lunch and complimentary publication in an anthology!)

    Students SAVE with registration code! (Send proof of student status to to request discount code and register for only $95!)


    • Full day writing workshop
    • Lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day
    • 1 print copy of the finished anthology
    • 1 digital copy of the finished anthology
    • Professional editing, formatting & book design
    • Handouts, Workshop Materials & Swag
    • FREE door prizes
    • Inspiration and publication!
    • YOUR name and work in print!


    Ready to register?

    Visit NOW to complete your online registration.

    Online payment before April 1st, 2014:

    Early-Bird Members: $95

    Early-Bird Non-members: $110

    Online payment April 1 - May 25, 2014

    Members: $125

    Non-members: $135

    Writing Day refund policy: 

    We understand things come up, but we really hope to see you at the event. 

    After all, we're saving a space for you! 

    However, please note - if you must cancel, we offer a 50% refund until 30 days prior to event. No refund after May 1, but we will send a complimentary copy of Story Sprouts. 

    Thank you for understanding.

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