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Upcoming events

    • 25 Jul 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 909 N Sepulveda Blvd #135 Los Angeles, CA 90245
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    Join us for our monthly CBW–LA Write-In Session. The write-in session in July will be held on Saturday the 25th at a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf off the 105 freeway (on Sepulveda near Imperial Hwy) in El Segundo.

    It's conveniently located near the El Segundo Library where Gladys E. Barbieri will lead the Picture Book Workshop at 1 pm.

    Bring your favorite writing utensils or supplies and come out for some quality writing time.

    This is your chance to hold yourself accountable to your writing goals and to support one another to get in at least a few hours a month writing and revising. It's a great way keep our writing on track.

    To find us, look for Peleise (CBW-LA Herald) in a CBW–LA or Story Sprouts t-shirt and brown framed glasses.

    This event is free and limited to current members. Please support this business by purchasing a drink when you arrive.

    Members who have joined us in the past have found that the time is highly productive, and have taken the time to complete chapters, outlined scenes, or work through revisions.


    Cost:

    FREE!


    CBW–LA Members Only.

    Please purchase a drink

    • 25 Jul 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • El Segundo Library 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo CA 90245

    Picture Book Workshop:

    The Power of Critique Groups & Writing Tips I’ve Learned Along the Way

    With Bilingual Children’s Author & Educator  

    Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri

    Join us for a lively workshop, where we will explore several topics that are key in writing solid and memorable picture books. We will also spend some time looking at note-worthy picture books that demonstrate and highlight these topics:

    • The power of joining critique groups
    • Rhythm and flow of your story (word count matters!)
    • The importance of having quality illustrations
    • Show don’t tell (using illustrations to infer situations and feelings)
    • Why it’s critical to read and familiarize yourself with picture books
    • Diversity and multiculturalism in picture books
    • Resources to help you on your writing journey


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri is an award winning bilingual children’s book author. She has written Rubber Shoes…a lesson in gratitude and Pink Fire Trucks. Her third book,

    A Charmed Life is due out next spring 2016 and her fourth, Monster Slayer in 2017. Gladys is also a first grade teacher and has over 18 years of experience in the classroom. She has a blog: Gladys Elizabeth, where she writes about the picture books she uses in her class, education and yoga.

    Website: www.chuchosbooks.com

    Blog: www.gebarbieri.wordpress.com

    Twitter @chuchosbooks


    Date: July 25 2015, Saturday

    Time: 1 - 4 PM

    Venue: El Segundo Public Library

    Fee: $45

    *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members.

    *Non-members pay the full amount.

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book PINK FIRE TRUCKS

     


    ABOUT PINK FIRE TRUCKS

    Spirited Gladys Elizabeth is at it again! It is CAREER DAY at school and Gladys Elizabeth boldly announces that she is going to be a firegirl. After a classmate tells her that girls cannot fight fires, Gladys Elizabeth proves that she can be whatever she wants to be!


    • 22 Aug 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • El Segundo Library 111 W. Mariposa Ave, El Segundo CA 90245

    Understanding and Unlocking Amazon and Online Marketing

    with Author & Illustrator A.J. Cosmo 


    What’s a marketing platform? How do you grow a Twitter following? Do you need an email list? Is there a secret to Amazon’s sales ranking? Is it worth it to buy Facebook ads? What makes a good cover? What in the world is copy? How do you get reviews?

    If you are a children’s book author, these questions are bound to come up.

    Whether you are self-published or have a three book deal with the big five, you need to understand modern marketing and what it takes to sell yourself as an author. This one day class will give you the tools necessary to start building your author platform and will offer insights into the changing publishing landscape. Amazon hasn’t just changed how we publish, it has changed what we publish.

    Interested in learning more?


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER


    A.J. Cosmo is the full-time independent author and illustrator of over forty children’s books including the best selling “The Monster That Ate My Socks.” He is also a consultant and publisher to other independent writers and illustrators.


    Date: August 22, 2015, Saturday

    Time: 1 - 4 PM

    Venue: El Segundo Public Library

    Fee: $40

    *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members.

    *Non-members pay the full amount.

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the authors’ book SOAKED.

     


    ABOUT SOAKED

    What a way to start summer… I should have never stood up to that bully Jacob. It was just a water balloon thrown to save my friend’s behind during recess. Now we’re on a bus heading home and everyone gets the same text: “$500 gift card and full immunity to the kid that brings me Aiden- Jacob.” I’m Aiden by the way, and the entire fourth grade is staring at me. Hopefully, with my friend’s help, we can get off at the next stop, three miles from my house, and make it home before the entire neighborhood finds us. Soaked is the first middle-grade novel by author/illustrator A.J. Cosmo. Filled with humor and suspense, this surprising page turner is a tale of friendship, courage, and standing up for what’s right. For 3rd-5th grade readers.

    • 14 May 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • TBD (Anticipated: Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room)
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    ***WORKSHOP REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 OR WHEN SPACE RUNS OUT, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST***

          CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon 
    STORY SPROUTS
    VOLUME IV: CONFLICT

    Join us for a Writers' Marathon
    ! This is high impact, high intensity writing at its best. You will be challenged. You will feel a rush. For just over ten hours, you will be fed high quality writing lessons on the topic of Conflict, which you will turn into fiction and non-fiction stories on your own and in writing groups by following new, original Story Sprouts exercises. Not for the faint of heart, this is a major commitment to yourself and your writing goals.

    It is a supreme mental workout, and by the end, you will have a minimum of three pieces ready for publication in our fourth annual Story Sprouts Writing Resource and Anthology.

    As one of our 2015 Story Sprouts Authors put it, "
    5,596 words today at Story Sprouts!!!! Exhausted but exhilarated. Thank you CBW–LA for putting this amazing event together."

    Your Invitation

    We invite you to take part in our Story Sprouts series through registration for Writing Day 2016. Every author who attends this workshop will walk away with a bevy of inspiration and writing lessons, an expanded writing community, and a publication in two books (a group novella and the full Story Sprouts Writing Resource and Anthology) with YOUR name—and story—within six months of completing the workshop!

    After an intensive day of creative writing, see your work published in the Story Sprouts Writing Resource and Anthology (Volume One and Volume Two: Voice) in the fall. Story Sprouts Volume Three: Setting is due to be released on September 30, 2015.

    About The Facilitators

    CBW-LA Founder and President Nutschell Windsor and Publications Director Alana Garrigues 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! This is Nutschell's fourth year and Alana's third facilitating the highly rated workshop that former authors have called "an awesome and fun day," "spectacular," "delightfully surprising," "encouraging and motivating," and "well done."

    About the Book

    Children's Book Author J. Enderle said of Story Sprouts: Voice, "Applause for both the authors who gathered all this information and put it in understandable context as well as to the workshop writers who allowed their spur-of-the-moment work to be used as learning examples. Impressive! Definitely worth the money."

    About the Workshop

    This year's theme is CONFLICT!

    We will teach you how to move your story forward with a plot that employs just the right amount of tension, twists and turns to keep your reader on the edge of their seats, aching to turn the page for more information.

    Learn about different types of conflict that appear in stories, how to hook your reader, the best way to write a cliff-hanger

    This workshop is geared toward children's book writers, and you will explore Middle Grade and Young Adult levels, but it is open to anyone. The lessons will carry across genres and audiences. We only ask that you come prepared to write at a PG-13 level or below.

    What's New?

    Every year we innovate our approach, based on self-assessments and workshop evaluation forms. Look for a streamlined collection process ... and more goodies and innovations that we'll announce as we finalize details.

    Publication Process

    By the end of the workshop, you will have a minimum of three pieces ready for publication in this year's CBW-LA Story Sprouts Anthology, Story Sprouts: Setting. All submissions will go through thorough line and copy editing prior to publication.



     Register early. Space is limited! Payment required to confirm your reservation.

    The Details

    Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Time: 8:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

    *Early check-in opens at 7:45 a.m. Arrive early and enjoy a light continental breakfast and some chit chat while you set up your writing space.

    *Workshop will start PROMPTLY 8:30 a.m.

    *There will be a group photo, so we'll provide the shirt, but you may want to bring something to freshen up after lunch.

    *PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP if possible! We welcome your handwritten submissions and we will transcribe them for you, but it will be easier for you to edit and revise your work on a computer.

    Place: TBD (Anticipated: Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room)

    Great Discount

    Students and Returning Authors SAVE with registration code! Send proof of student status to cbwla2012@gmail.com to request discount code and register at Story Sprouts alumni price for only $125! Returning authors, if you misplaced your email discount code, let us know and we'll send it your way. Email us to find out about our Young Writer Scholarship (open to high school and college students up to age 25).

    Includes:

    • 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
    • T-shirt
    • FREE Launch Party Celebration to toast your success!
    • Inspiration and publication!
    • YOUR name and work in this year's Story Sprouts!

     

    Ready to register?

    Visit www.cbw-la.org NOW to complete your online registration.


    Price:

    Story Sprouts Author Alumni: $125

    Members: $150

    Non-members: $175


    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 April 14, but we will send a complimentary copy of Story Sprouts. 

    Thank you for understanding.

Past events

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
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
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
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