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    • 17 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom
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    SUBMISSION STUDIO: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, and Ten Ways to Translate “No” to “Yes!”

    with Deborah Halverson


    A webinar for writers of all children’s book categories—beginners as well as advanced writers—looking to perfect their submission package and strategy. Includes a master handout, sample query letters, and a quick-reference sheet for translating editorial feedback.

    NOTE: This workshop will be hosted over Zoom. Attendees will receive the link once they register for this event. 

     

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    DEBORAH HALVERSON is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies and Writing New Adult Fiction, as well as numerous teen novels, books in a series for struggling readers, and a picture book. Formerly an editor at Harcourt Children's Books and now a freelancer specializing in Young Adult/Middle Grade fiction and picture books, Deborah has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for twenty-five years. She is also the founder of the popular writers’ advice site DearEditor.com and serves on the advisory board for the UC San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program.





    • 15 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom
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    Does Your Story Have a Passport?
    Creating Universal Stories
    that Reach Wider Audiences

    with Kathie Fong Yoneda & 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 SPEAKERS
    CBW-LA President Nutschell Windsor 
    with speakers Pamela Jaye Smith and Kathie Fong Yoneda

    With 35 years experience, KATHIE FONG YONEDA has worked for studios like Paramount, Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, focusing on anal

    ysis and development of live action/animated film,  television, novels and web series. Her career includes exec positions with Disney, Touchstone, Island Pictures and Disney TV Animation.

    Kathie has given over 290 workshops in North America, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, and her column on screenwriting became The Script-Selling Game (2nd edition

    ). Partial list of clients include RAI-TV Roma, Rocaberti Writers Retreat, Royal Melbourne Institute, National Film School of Denmark, Bournemouth University, ScreenTraining Ireland, South Carolina Writers, Singapore Media Academy, Romance Writers of America, Roma WebFest, Writers Institute, Children’s Book Writers-LA, Hawaii International Film Festival, ScriptFest, and Melbourne WebFest.

    She was a guest of The Soviet Peace Committee for a 10-day media symposium in Moscow and also Keynote Speaker for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month at The Smithsonian. Kathie received the Mayor's medal from the

     City of Marseille for her work in Cultural Arts and was honored by the BronzeLens Film Festival as a Catalyst SuperStar for her work in media arts.

    Clientele includes several award-winning writers. The Script Selling Game (2nd edition) is used in screenwriting curricula in universities worldwide. She also co-exec pro

    duced the cable series Beyond the Break, the short film 30 Minutes, the web series The Big O and is on the Advisory Board for IMAGO (French Production Company) and LAWebfest.

    www.kathiefongyoneda.com



    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/





    • 17 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online via Zoom
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    The Joy of Revision: See Your Work Anew

    with Katherine E. Kottaras


    “Never think of revising as fixing something that is wrong...Rather think of it as an opportunity to improve something you already love.”

    -Marion Dane Bauer

    Do you have a work-in-progress that's been sitting in a drawer (or a laptop file) that misses you? Maybe you know that WIP needs work, but something's keeping you from diving back in. Maybe that something is...fear? Step by step, and with tools in hand, we will step away from fear and reopen those files. We'll ask the important questions and re-engage with the important work of revising our WIPs so that we can reignite our creativity and lean back into the joy of writing.

    Please bring the following materials:

    1. Writing implements - notebook and pen/laptop

    2. Chapter you would like to work on/revise

    NOTE: This workshop will be hosted over Zoom. Attendees will receive the link once they register for this event. 

     

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    KATHERINE E. KOTTARAS

    Katherine is a writer, teacher, and healer.

    She is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA contemporary novels, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen. She has worked as a middle, high school, and community college teacher for over two decades, and she currently teaches full-time at Pasadena City College. Katherine holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine as well as an M.S. in Kinesiology, with a focus on Integrative Wellness, from Point Loma Nazarene University. As a yoga teacher (RYT-200, 2011) and an ACE certified personal trainer (2019),she is passionate about nature-based wellness, bodily self-determination and health equity, and holistic approaches to healing and growth.

    Katherine has served as a mentor and faculty for her local SCBWI chapter and as a board member for the Children's Literature Council of Southern California, and she is a proud team member of We Need Diverse Books. As the queer daughter of an immigrant, she was especially proud to be honored as PCC's 2019 Ally of the Year, for her work supporting undocumented and LGBTQ students.

    Katherine is interested in the stories we tell, the stories we are given, and the ways we can redefine our worlds by discovering which stories are true. She believes in working towards a future that is inclusive, empathetic, and full of love.




Past events

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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