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    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
    • 10
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    Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genre’s 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.  But who can you get or trust to be that second set of eyes?  Family and friends run at the sight of you and even when they do read it, they say heartwarming, but ultimately useless things like, “That’s nice.”  That’s where I come in.

    I, Glenn Hanna will hosting the Children Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBA-LA) Saturday critique from 11am to 2pm at the LA Public Library, Harbor Gateway Branch, 24000 S Western Ave in the East Conference Room.

    If you’ve been to a Saturday critique before, then you know the drill.  If you’ve never attended one, let me explain how it goes.

    When to arrive:

    On time!  Please!  I know it’s fashionable to be ten to fifteen minutes late in LA but the time you waste is the time you take from yourself and the others in the group.  My formula is simple. I take the time we have and divide it among the people there.  More time we have, more time for all.

    What to bring:

    • 1.       If you’re writing a novel, then bring the first ten pages or the first chapter, whichever’s shorter.  If you’re writing a picture book, then bring the whole thing.  And please format your manuscript professionally:  Courier or Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, single sided, 1 inch margins on white paper
    • 2.       Copies of your manuscript.  Please check back on this website to see how many are attending so that you know how many copies to bring.
    • 3.       A pen or pencil or something with which to take notes.  If you’re the oral type, by all means you may bring a tape recorder.
    • 4.       A notebook (optional):  If you want to take notes on the comments you receive a notebook might come in handy, but it’s not necessary.  The reason we require you bring copies for everyone is because the others will write down their comments on those copies and then give them back to you to take home and read.
    • 5.       An open mind.  You may think a critique is a bunch of people sitting around insulting the baby you took great pains to write but that’s not the CBW-LA way and it’s not my way.  Before we begin I will give specific instructions on how we will conducting ourselves but the gist of it is, the point of this critique is to help you write what you want to write better.  To offer solutions and encouragement and guidance, not ridicule.  All I ask is that you open your mind and listen to what others are saying.  You don’t have to take any of the advice offered but you’ll never know what value it is if you don’t hear it in the first place.

    Please do not just show up.  If you wish to attend, register.  If no one registers by the previous Friday night, I will cancel the event.  If for any reason you cannot attend, please email me at cbwla2012@gmail.com. ASAP, so I can free up the space for someone else to attend.  And if you have any questions, you can reach me there as well.

    Look forward to seeing you there.

    Glenn Hanna

      • 09 Dec 2017
      • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
      • 11
      Register


      Unlock the story you want to tell with the keys to fiction: Character, Plot, Structure, Conflict, Setting, Voice, Tone, Dialogue, Pacing, and Theme.

      Writing a novel is a big task, and critiquing a novel in a short amount of time is an equally big challege. We understand that, which is why, going forward, the middle grade and young adult novel critique sessions will be

      Each critique, we will focus on a specific key or set of keys so that we can give you helpful feedback on the excerpt you bring, which you can take home and apply to other scenes in your novel. 

      This month's key: Dialogue, Voice and Pacing

      Bring in pages from your novel or even pre-writing explorations. All middle grade, young adult and new adult genres welcomed: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Non-Fiction, etc...

      Join this open 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 10 attendees. Please look for the sign outside the door.

      What to Bring:                      

      • ·         Please bring the first chapter of your manuscript or the chapter with which you need the most help (the first 5-10 pages). **We will read as much of your work as time allows**
      • ·         Please bring a copy of your work for everyone to read (11 copies if the session is full), a notebook/pad and pen to use for your critique notes, and (optional) a voice/tape recorder if you wish to record the critique.

      Upcoming:

      September – Plot and Structure

      October – Setting and Tone

      November – Conflict and Theme

      December – Dialogue, Voice and Pacing

      If you are new to critique groups, please read the following:

      1.  Our group provides some guidelines and handouts to help you get the most out of the critique. The handouts will aid you in your own revision process by teaching you what to look for while critiquing your own work as well as the works of others.

      2.  If you are a CBW-LA member (meaning you have registered and paid for membership via www.cbw-la.org), you may download the critique handouts under the Members Only section on the cbw-la.org website.

      If you are not a CBW-LA member, please sign up via cbw-la.org under “Events” and pay the $10 fee.

       

      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.

       

      POLICY CHANGES

      Please note, CBWLA's Critique Sessions will be implementing the following policy changes beginning January 1, 2015:

      • ·         Cost: Critique sessions will remain free to members and $10 for nonmembers (Due to logistics, there will no longer be a pay-at-the-door option for nonmembers. Members are not affected).
      • ·         No Show Policy: A $10 charge will be added for no-shows (both members and nonmembers) unless 24-hour notice is given to the facilitator: cbwla2012@gmail.com. Since there is a limited number of spots available, please register only if you are sure you can attend the critique. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please email the facilitator immediately so that other interested members may be given the chance to participate.
      • ·         Late Arrival Policy: Please arrive on time. The critique sessions will begin promptly at noon. The amount of critique time is determined by the number of participants present at the start time. If you know that you will be arriving later than 15 minutes, please inform the facilitator prior to the start time of the critique session. Otherwise we may be unable to critique your work that day.

      Can't wait to see you there!

      Cacy


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