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Crafting & Writing Your MG/YA Series in 12 Months

  • 10 Mar 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • El Segundo Main Library 111 W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo CA 90245


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No author today makes a living on a single book. The best way to develop your writing business is to plan from the beginning to craft a series. This way, the avid readers of your first book can rush to continue the journey when they reach ‘the end.’

In this workshop, USA Today Best Selling YA author, Melle Amade, shows you exactly what she did to craft her best selling Shifter Chronicle series from book 1 through to the grand finale in book 4. She will present the balance of plot and momentum and how to handle those moments when characters simply do their own thing. From series overview to book brief to chapter by chapter outline to spreadsheet breakdown, she’ll give you all the tools she uses to understand her story, characters and plot from beginning to end before she writes a word.

Plotting out the story is key to delivering a fast manuscript, but you’re also going to need a few more tricks. Melle, a mother of two Marketing Director with a two-hour daily commute, will also show you exactly how she has managed to write not only a 4-book series in twelve months, but an additional two books, two novellas, and five short stories.

You’re going to leave this workshop with a conceptual plot for your own series and some key tools to help you make it a reality!

Speaker's Bio:


Melle Amade is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Shifter Chronicles, a YA Dark Urban Fantasy series. Her days are spent in an office overlooking Los Angeles International Airport where she works as a Director of Marketing for a data center technology firm, which wouldn’t make you think she had an MFA in film with an emphasis on writing from Chapman University. However, she also has degrees in visual communications and global communications, which allowed her to work for some of the finest technology firms in the world. In her spare time, Melle has penned six screenplays, four stage plays, an opera libretto, numerous short stories, and five manuscripts for novels. Her heart lies with her manuscripts, which are focused on YA and New Adult audiences and range in subject from Vikings in Iceland, to Knights Templar in Italy, to Aborigine mysticism in Australia, to shapeshifters in Los Angeles.

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members 

*Non-members pay the full amount 

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and a copy of SANCTUARY, BOOK 1 of the  SHIFTER CHRONICLES SERIES.

Speaker's Book:

It’s survival of the fittest, but first you have to fit in.

Shae is sure the icy rage that claws at her is driving away her friends and pulling her closer to the wrong boy. After all, it’s Aiden she has always secretly wanted, not Callum, who has barely spoken to her in the last year.

But, as her protected life unravels, she discovers the violent supernatural world that lurks in her quiet hometown and the ancient feuds that threaten to destroy both her friends and her family.

To save those she loves, Shae must succumb to her own fury and take on the Ravensgaard, the renegade warriors of the Order, but as the battle approaches her deepest fears are coming true, she’s becoming just like them. Shae's not sure she can afford the price she'll have to pay—her own humanity

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