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    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Torrance Airport Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance CA 90505

    HOW TO WRITE A QUERY LETTER AND FIND A LITERARY AGENT

    WITH SETH FISHMAN 

    OF THE GERNERT COMPANY LITERARY AGENCY


    You've finished your book and ready to go, but suddenly you realize you need an agent. How do you go about finding one? What makes a good agent? How do you best write that infernal query letter to get you as far as you can go? Come join Seth Fishman, literary agent at The Gernert Company and author of YA thrillers and science-y picture books as he explains it all.

    NOTE: Workshop attendees' will have an open window to submit to literary agent Seth Fishman, and their submissions will be given priority. 

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to Pre-Order a SIGNED copy of Seth's Picture Book ONE HUNDRED BILLION TRILLION STARS


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

     SETH FISHMAN

     Seth Fishman is a native of Midland, Texas (think Friday Night Lights), and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He lives in LA with his wife and son, and is the author of two books of YA fiction and three forthcoming picture books. 


    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • El Segundo Library, 111 W Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA

    Revision Strategies for Novel Writers:

    From Line Edits to Queries

    with Jennifer Caloyeras


    You’ve written a draft of your novel. Now what? Come learn about revision strategies from young adult novelist and short fiction writer,Jennifer Caloyeras (and former Annenberg artist-in-residence). She will guide you through the revision process from line edits to global aspects of your writing as well as answer questions about the next steps in the writing process: querying agents and how to know when your work is ready. Participants will leave with a roadmap to revising their novel drafts. 


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    Jennifer Caloyeras is a novelist and short fiction writer living in Los Angeles. She holds a BA In English from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a MA in English Literature from California State University Los Angeles and a MFA in creative writing through the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two young adult novels: Strays (2015) and Urban Falcon (2009). Her short stories have been published in Monday Night Literary,Wilde MagazineStorm Cellar and Booth. She has been a college instructor, elementary school teacher and camp counselor. She was the dog columnist for the Los Feliz Ledger and the Larchmont Ledger from 2006 until 2016. Jennifer served as the writer-in-residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House from January to March, 2016. Jennifer currently teaches creative writing at the UCLA Writer's Extension Program. 

    Her first short fiction collection, Unruly Creatures, will be published by West Virginia University Press in the fall of 2017. 


    Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Venue: El Segundo Public Library

    111 W. Mariposa Ave.,

    El Segundo, CA 90245

    *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members.

    *Non-members pay the full amount.

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the author's book STRAYS.

     


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Sometimes, life becomes unleashed. 

    Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody has a problem controlling her temper, but then, she has a lot to be angry about. Dead mother. Workaholic father. Dumped by her boyfriend. Failing English. 

    When a note in Iris's journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law. 

    In addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman's life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him. 



    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Camera Obscura 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    CREATIVE MEDITATION:

    GENERATING STORY IDEAS USING MINDFULNESS PRACTICES AND OTHER CREATIVE PROCESSES

     Mindful practices (like seated/standing yoga poses, gentle movement, and deep breathing) offer a calming approach to the relationship between the body and the mind, and can encourage a state of creative “flow” that can support students of all talents and abilities. As a certified yoga teacher and creative writing instructor, Katherine leads participants through a very gentle seated and standing yoga practice, focused meditation, and writing, and drawing to create from a place of joy, rather than suffering.

    **VENUE:

    This event is happening at the Camera Obscura  Art Lab in Santa Monica (1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401). For directions, see information below**. 


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    E. KATHERINE KOTTARAS

    E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, and now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She 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 is the author of the YA contemporary novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE (2015) and the forthcoming THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER (2016), both from St. Martin’s Press/Griffin Teen.


    *$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 THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    The Best Possible Answer

    AP Exams – check
    SAT test – check
    College Application – check
    Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

    Super-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks secret pictures of her to the entire school―pictures no one was ever meant to see. Making matters worse, her parents might be getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure.

    Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new circle of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous and intriguing guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again―trust. For the first time in her life, Vivi realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

    E. Katherine Kottaras once again captures what it means to be a teenager in The Best Possible Answer.


    **Getting TO CAMERA OBSCURA, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa MOnica 

    Note that we are just north of Broadway, as is Parking Structure 6... those pesky GPS devices can sometimes get confused!

    Train: Expo terminus at 4th St/Colorado, 4 blocks away. Upon exiting the station go west on Colorado to Ocean Ave, cross the street to the Pier and turn right. We're in Palisades Park just past Broadway.

    Parking (info: smgov.net/parking): 

    Bus: check Big Blue Bus and Metro.

    Bike: Ride your bike (bring a lock) or utilize the Breeze Bike Share corral just south of us in the park.



Past events

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
14 Jan 2017 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2017
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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