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Upcoming events

    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • LA Public Library - Harbor Gateway Branch 24000 S. Western Ave., Harbor City, CA 90710
    • 9

    Unlock Your Novel: Middle Grade and YA Critique (11am- 2pm)

    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: Character

    Bring in pages from your novel or even character sketches/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:

    May - Plot/Structure

    June – Setting

    July – Conflict and Theme

    August – Plot/Structure (yup, again)

    September – Dialogue and Pacing

    October – Voice and Tone

    November – Writer's Choice

    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


    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • El Segundo Main Library 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo CA 90245

    Structure, Structure, Structure! Creating Detailed Outlines & Engaging Pitches

    with Author Derek Taylor Kent 


    Structure, structure, structure! Learning the classic elements of story structure to help create engaging pitches and detailed outlines in advance of the writing process.


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER

    Derek Taylor Kent

    Derek Taylor Kent is an author, screenwriter, performer and director based in Los Angeles. His first novel for an adult audience, KUBRICK'S GAME, was released in late 2016 through Evolved Publishing and quickly became an international bestseller and was one of the best reviewed books of the year. His award-winning book series SCARY SCHOOL (written under pen-name Derek the Ghost) has become one of the most popular new series for middle-readers ages 7 to 12. His new bi-lingual picture book EL PERRO CON SOMBRERO came out August 18, 2015 through Holt/Macmillan and was a #1 best-selling new release. 

    Other books include the award-winning educational picture book SIMON AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM and the magical adventure RUDY AND THE BEAST, both available now.

    Derek also specializes in writing narrative scripts for Virtual Reality content. His VR sci-fi script EXIT TO REALITY won best screenplay at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and was nominated for best screenplay at Hollyshorts Films Festival, Red Flight Film Festival, and Reel Writers Screenplay Competition.

    For more information about Derek, please visit DerekTaylorKent.com and www.ScarySchool.com.



    Date: April 8, 2017, Saturday

    Time: 1 - 4 PM

    Venue: El Segundo Main Library

    *$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 KUBRICK'S GAME.

     


    ABOUT THE BOOK

    KUBRICK'S GAME

    What if legendary director Stanley Kubrick left behind a mysterious treasure and the clues to find it were hidden in his films? When geeky film student Shawn Hagan uncovers the game, it's a race against the clock to find the prize before it falls into the wrong hands. 

    • 20 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Camera Obscura)

    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: May 20, 2017, Saturday

    Time: 1 - 4 PM

    Venue: 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Camera Obscura)

    *$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. 



Past events

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
26 Nov 2016 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All! (1-4pm)
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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