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Upcoming events

    • 08 Nov 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • El Segundo Library: 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245
    • 31
    Write the Truth: Creative Nonfiction and Real World Inspiration
    with Alana Garrigues

    If you think nonfiction stories are just for dingy college libraries and assigned reading lists, think again! Readers and publishers alike have embraced true stories as a major market in the literary world. In February of this year, Amazon reported nonfiction books make up 22% of the market share. And while the New York Times keeps their book sales best seller tracking logarithm under close wraps, making it difficult to track sales and earnings, readers flock to both their nonfiction and fiction titles in the stores.

    Plus, if writers "write what they know," isn't there a little nonfiction hiding in all of our stories?

    In this workshop, you will discover:
    • What is the difference between nonfiction, "inspired by a true story," and historical fiction?
    • Who coined the phrase "True Stories Well Told" and what does it mean?
    • How do you write "creative nonfiction"?
    • How can thinking like a journalist uncover story ideas and opportunities for all writers?
    • What are the genres that fall under nonfiction?
    • How do you make a nonfiction story dazzle and pop?
    • Why should children's writers look at nonfiction as a real, viable market right now?
    • How can your personal history, family and friends make you a better writer?
    • What do agents and publishers look for in a nonfiction book proposal?
    • How can all writers build publishing credit and make money on nonfiction projects?
    This workshop will include handouts, original writing prompts designed to unlock your creativity, and tips on how to use nonfiction techniques to improve your current project.

    Please bring a laptop or a pen and paper.

    This workshop also includes your choice of Story Sprouts Volume II: Voice or Heartbeats: Voices Against Oppression (contains adult content).

    About The Speaker
    Alana Garrigues is a freelance journalist in the South Bay; she covers Hermosa Beach news for The Beach Reporter and is also published in Daily Breeze. She is the Publications Director for CBW–LA and the co-editor of Story Sprouts, CBW–LA's annual Writing Day Workshop Resource and Anthology. The first edition of CBW–LA Story Sprouts has earned a five-star average rating on Amazon.

    Her current projects include a creative nonfiction "humorous humanitarian" account of a So Cal nurse who moves to West Africa to start up a non-profit and several first drafts of children's nonfiction books.

    Alana also writes company bios for small businesses and loves to volunteer as an art and nutrition teacher at her daughters' school in Redondo Beach. Her website is alanagarrigues.com.

    Date: Sat., Nov. 8, 2014

    Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    Venue: El Segundo Library

    Fee: $35

    *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members who pay online

    *$5 Discount for CBW-LA Members who pay at the door

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts and worksheets and your choice of book:
     
    Story Sprouts: Voice

    (CBW-LA Writing Day
    Resource and Anthology 2014)


    or

    Heartbeats: Voices Against Oppression
    (Fictional Anthology to Fight Human Trafficking;
    Adult Content)
    • 20 Nov 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 1590 Rosecrans Ave. Ste. T, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Join us for our monthly CBW–LA event, the Third Thursday Weekday Write-In! Carve out a couple of hours to work on your manuscript; bring your laptop or your pen and paper and come out to a coffee shop for some quality writing time.

    This event takes place on the third Thursday morning of every month, September through May.

    There are no critiques or lessons, just an opportunity to support one another and hold yourself accountable to get in at least a few hours a month writing and revising. It's a great way for our members with alternative schedules to keep on task.

    Third Thursdays take place at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on Rosecrans in Manhattan Beach. If you know of another great location, please feel free to share your favorite coffee shops with WiFi and plenty of space to write and park and we might move around occasionally!

    To find us, look for Alana (Publications Director) in a CBW–LA jacket.

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

    Date:

    Thursday, November 20


    Time:

    10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


    Venue:

    Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
    1590 Rosecrans Ave. Suite T
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


    Cost:

    FREE!


    CBW-LA Members Only.

    Please purchase a drink.

    • 06 Dec 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • LA Public Library - Harbor Gateway Branch 24000 S. Western Ave., Harbor City, CA 90710
    • 8
    Calling all Middle Grade/Young Adult Writers Out There!

    Join this 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 15 attendees.

    What to Bring:

                          
    1. Bring the first chapter of your manuscript (First 7-8 pages). Or the chapter which you need the most help with.

     The general rule is that you must bring copies for every member who has signed up for the session. * Please wait for the final email from the organizer before printing copies, so you know exactly how many to print.*

    2. A voice/tape recorder if you wish to record the critiques.

    3. A notebook/pad and pen to use for your critique notes.


    THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION

    As writers, we are very close to our work and often times 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 ready for submission.

    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.

    • 18 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 1590 Rosecrans Ave. Ste. T, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Join us for our monthly CBW–LA event, the Third Thursday Weekday Write-In! Carve out a couple of hours to work on your manuscript; bring your laptop or your pen and paper and come out to a coffee shop for some quality writing time.

    This event takes place on the third Thursday morning of every month, September through May.

    There are no critiques or lessons, just an opportunity to support one another and hold yourself accountable to get in at least a few hours a month writing and revising. It's a great way for our members with alternative schedules to keep on task.

    Third Thursdays take place at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on Rosecrans in Manhattan Beach. If you know of another great location, please feel free to share your favorite coffee shops with WiFi and plenty of space to write and park and we might move around occasionally!

    To find us, look for Alana (Publications Director) in a CBW–LA jacket.

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

    Date:

    Thursday, December 18


    Time:

    10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


    Venue:

    Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
    1590 Rosecrans Ave. Suite T
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


    Cost:

    FREE!


    CBW-LA Members Only.

    Please purchase a drink.

    • 25 Apr 2015
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field) Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505
    • 27
    ***WORKSHOP REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015 OR WHEN SPACES RUN OUT, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST***

    Each fall, the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles release a highly-rated Writing Resource and Anthology called Story Sprouts created by YOU.

    We invite you to take part in our Story Sprouts series through registration for Writing Day 2015. Every author who attends this workshop will walk away not only with a bevy of inspiration and writing lessons and an expanded writing community, but with a guaranteed publication with YOUR name—and story—THIS fall!

    Join your fellow writers on the road to publication for an intensive day of creative writing, and see your work published in the Story Sprouts Anthology (Volume One and Volume Two: Voice) in October. 

    CBW-LA Founder and President Nutschell Windsor and Publications Director Alana Garrigues will 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! Nutschell's positive, organized and inspirational approach to working with writers has resulted in dozens of glowing reviews on meetup.com.

    This year's theme is SETTING! So get ready to learn techniques and writing exercises designed to help you weave time, place and location seamlessly into your stories. Setting is often referred to as the silent character, shaping your story with its own tale. Many authors have created entire books around a SETTING: James Michener, Edward Rutherford and Ken Follett to name a few. 

    By the end of the workshop, you will have a minimum of two pieces ready for publication in this year's CBW-LA Story Sprouts Anthology.




    All writers will receive one complimentary print copy and one complimentary digital copy of the finished product - and additional print and digital copies will be available through Amazon and at future CBW-LA events! It will make a great stocking stuffer for your biggest writing fans on your holiday shopping list. Anticipated publication date Sept. 30, 2015.**

     

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

    The Details

    Date: April 25, 2015

    Time: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

    *Registration & Socializing begins at 8:00 a.m.

    *Workshop will start promptly 9:00 a.m.

    Place: TBD

     

    Great Discount

    Students SAVE with registration code! (Send proof of student status to cbwla2012@gmail.com to request discount code and register at member price for only $150!)

    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
    • FREE door prizes
    • Inspiration and publication!
    • YOUR name and work in print!

     

    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 March 25, but we will send a complimentary copy of Story Sprouts. 

    Thank you for understanding.

Past events

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 The Write Stuff Children’s Picture Book Workshop
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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