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FIFTH ANNUAL CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon—Story Sprouts: Fables, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (Workshop + Anthology)

  • 07 Oct 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505
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  • Save an extra $20 off the regular member price and $50 off the nonmember price when you register by September 15!
  • SALE PRICE! Save $10 over regular price of $195!
  • We support diverse books! Scholarship open to one author who writes children's books with a voice that is underrepresented in children's literature. Email to request scholarship application.
  • This discount is only available for our returning Story Sprouts authors. Code required.
  • **Must show valid student ID to receive discount.**

    E-mail to request discount registration code. Please include the name of your school and your expected graduation to receive the code.

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RSVP Deadline: September 30

      CBW-LA Writing Day Marathon 

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


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 7:30 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 8:00 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 at all possible! We welcome your handwritten submissions and we will transcribe them for you, but it will be much, much easier for you to edit and revise your work on a computer.

Place: Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room

3301 Airport Drive

Torrance, CA


Story Sprouts Author Alumni: $150

Members: $195

Non-members: $225


  • 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 to request discount code and register at Story Sprouts alumni price for only $150! 

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.

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