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    • 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.



    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • TBA
    Kickstarter Crowdfunding
    Success Strategies

    Discover everything that worked to make Author Sheri Fink's crowdfunding campaign a success and determine if Kickstarter and crowdfunding are right for your project. Sheri will share behind-the-scenes strategies that could help in your marketing. She will reveal the most effective strategies she used to spread the word about her book's pre-order campaign and to exceed her ambitious Kickstarter goal.

    This Kickstarter course will be helpful to you if you’re thinking about crowdfunding a project or just want to discover new marketing mindsets and strategies for your business, your book, your charity, or your products. 

    Questions Sheri will answer in detail include:

    1. What did I do to spread the word about the campaign?
    2. What marketing channels and strategies were the most effective at inspiring people to contribute and get involved?
    3. What strategies didn't work and could be avoided in the future to save time, energy, and money?
    4. What was the actual experience of running an ambitious 30-day Kickstarter campaign like?
    5. What advice do I have for someone who wants to bring their dream to life via crowdfunding?



    Speaker's Bio:


    SHERI FINK is an inspirational speaker, #1 best-selling author, and the creator of “The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink” award-winning brand. She creates books, products, and experiences that inspire and delight kids of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem. All 5 of her books have become #1 best-sellers, including The Little Rose which was a #1 Amazon Best-seller for 60 weeks. Sheri has expanded her inspirational brand with books, live events, beauty items, and music all designed to create magical experiences for her Fans. CBS Los Angeles selected her as one of the top 3 authors in her local area, a distinction she shares with Dean Koontz. Her brand is the recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award for the best in family friendly entertainment.


    *$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members 

    *Non-members pay the full amount 

    *Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of the one of the authors’ books. Participants can choose either BLISS BOOK or  CAKE IN BED.

    My Bliss Book is designed to help you create more magic, passion, and aliveness in your life while achieving your wildest dreams! For the next 12 weeks, commit yourself to complete your daily My Bliss Book journal pages and see how your life magically transforms as you apply intention, focus, and action in your days.


    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    • Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505
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    ***PLEASE NOTE: WORKSHOP REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 OR WHEN SPACE RUNS OUT, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST***

          CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon 
    STORY SPROUTS
    VOLUME V: 
    FABLES, FAIRY TALES AND FOLKTALES

    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 and exercises on the theme of Fables, Fairy Tales and Folktales, which will turn into a three-volume series of books for children, accompanied by a small guide for writers and teachers. 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 Story Sprouts: Fables, Story Sprouts: Fairy Tales, and Story Sprouts: Folktales.

    It will be intense, but totally worth it. We've published three books to date from previous Story Sprouts marathons, including two anthologies and one Middle Grade time travel novel, and we've got three more in the pipeline awaiting release. 

    We anticipate publication from this workshop to take place late 2018 / early 2019.

    You're Invited

    We invite you to take part in our Story Sprouts series by registering for the Story Sprouts 2017 Writing Marathon today. 

    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 three books with YOUR name and story.

    See our first three books: Story Sprouts Writing Resource and Anthology (Volume One and Volume Two: Voice) and Kayla Wayman, Teen Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream

    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. There's always time for food and socializing along the way! 

    This is Nutschell's fifth year and Alana's fourth 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 Workshop

    This year's theme is FAIRY TALES, FABLES AND FOLKTALES!

    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 Picture Book, Middle Grade and Young Adult level writing, 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. 

    This year, it's really a play on theme. For the past three years, we've focused on important elements of storytelling: Voice (character), Conflict (plot), and Setting. This year, you'll have a chance to combine all three during a throwback to elemental storytelling—those methods used in fables, fairy tales and folktales that have made humans fall in love with stories for centuries.

    We'll also continue to tweak and improve that delicate balance between time for writing and time for revising, between group activities and individual exploration.

    Finally, we're looking forward to a series of small books and short stories that will really appeal to children and adults alike, focusing heavily on readers this year. Our Story Sprouts series to date has really catered to writers and teachers. The collaborative novels cater to Middle Grade readers. These will appeal to the child in all of us, and that visceral draw to the types of stories we all grew up with, no matter where in the world we come from.

    Publication Process

    By the end of the workshop, you will have a minimum of three pieces ready for publication in the trilogy, Story Sprouts: Fables, Story Sprouts: Fairy Tales and Story Sprouts: Folktales.

    All submissions will go through thorough developmental, content, line and copy editing prior to publication.

    Please be advised, quality publication takes time. We will get the books out as quickly as possible, with the high quality editing and book design you've come to expect from CBW–LA Publications. Just as in the traditional publishing world, that can take anywhere from 12–30 months.

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

    The Details

    Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

    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: Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room

    3301 Airport Drive

    Torrance, CA

    Price:

    Story Sprouts Author Alumni: $150

    Members: $195

    Non-members: $225

    Includes:

    • Full day writing workshop
    • Lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day
    • 1 print copy of each book
    • 1 digital copy of each book
    • 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 Story Sprouts: Fables, Story Sprouts: Fairy Tales and Story Sprouts: Folktales!
    Great Discounts + Scholarship Available

    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 Diverse Voices Scholarship (open to all writers who speak from a minority voice).

    Book Praise

    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."

    Coming for the weekend?

    Awesome! We are happy to hear that! If you'd like recommendations for additional activities during your stay in the area, please don't hesitate to reach out. The South Bay is a great area of Los Angeles to enjoy beaches, gourmet food, cute shopping areas and nice hiking trails. If city culture is more your thing, the South Bay is located about 20-30 miles from some of the best museums in the world!

    As far as hotels go, the Best Western in South Redondo Beach is close to the workshop, as is the DoubleTree in Torrance. Both are located within walking distance of shopping and dining, and about 20 minutes from LAX airport. If you let us know where you'll be staying, we can try to accommodate a ride to and from the event with a local attendee.

    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 September 7, but we will send a complimentary copy of all three Story Sprouts books created at this event. 

    Thank you for understanding.

Past events

22 Jul 2017 Revision Strategies for Novel Writers: From Line Edits to Queries
10 Jun 2017 How to Write a Query Letter and Find a Literary Agent with Seth Fishman of the Gernert Company Literary Agency
03 Jun 2017 Saturday Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
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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