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    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • El Segundo Library Friends Room 111. W. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo CA 90245

    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 & DATE CHANGE:

    This event is now happening  at the El Segundo Main Library on August 26, 2017, from 1-4pm.


    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.



    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
    • 11


    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: Plot and Structure

    Bring in pages from your novel or even an outline you're working on. 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:

    September – Plot and Structure

    October – Setting and Tone

    November – Conflict and Theme

    December – Dialogue, Voice and Pacing

    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



      • 23 Sep 2017
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • El Segundo Main Library 111 W. Mariposa Ave. El Segundo CA 90245
      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.


      • 30 Sep 2017
      • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
      • 11

      Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genre’s welcome

      Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  But who can you get or trust to be that second set of eyes?  Family and friends run at the sight of you and even when they do read it, they say heartwarming, but ultimately useless things like, “That’s nice.”  That’s where I come in.

      I, Glenn Hanna will hosting the Children Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBA-LA) Saturday critique from 11am to 2pm at the LA Public Library, Harbor Gateway Branch, 24000 S Western Ave in the East Conference Room.

      If you’ve been to a Saturday critique before, then you know the drill.  If you’ve never attended one, let me explain how it goes.

      When to arrive:

      On time!  Please!  I know it’s fashionable to be ten to fifteen minutes late in LA but the time you waste is the time you take from yourself and the others in the group.  My formula is simple. I take the time we have and divide it among the people there.  More time we have, more time for all.

      What to bring:

      • 1.       If you’re writing a novel, then bring the first ten pages or the first chapter, whichever’s shorter.  If you’re writing a picture book, then bring the whole thing.  And please format your manuscript professionally:  Courier or Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, single sided, 1 inch margins on white paper
      • 2.       Copies of your manuscript.  Please check back on this website to see how many are attending so that you know how many copies to bring.
      • 3.       A pen or pencil or something with which to take notes.  If you’re the oral type, by all means you may bring a tape recorder.
      • 4.       A notebook (optional):  If you want to take notes on the comments you receive a notebook might come in handy, but it’s not necessary.  The reason we require you bring copies for everyone is because the others will write down their comments on those copies and then give them back to you to take home and read.
      • 5.       An open mind.  You may think a critique is a bunch of people sitting around insulting the baby you took great pains to write but that’s not the CBW-LA way and it’s not my way.  Before we begin I will give specific instructions on how we will conducting ourselves but the gist of it is, the point of this critique is to help you write what you want to write better.  To offer solutions and encouragement and guidance, not ridicule.  All I ask is that you open your mind and listen to what others are saying.  You don’t have to take any of the advice offered but you’ll never know what value it is if you don’t hear it in the first place.

      Please do not just show up.  If you wish to attend, register.  If no one registers by the previous Friday night, I will cancel the event.  If for any reason you cannot attend, please email me at cbwla2012@gmail.com. ASAP, so I can free up the space for someone else to attend.  And if you have any questions, you can reach me there as well.

      Look forward to seeing you there.

      Glenn Hanna

        • 07 Oct 2017
        • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
        • Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505
        • 33
        ***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.

        • 14 Oct 2017
        • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
        • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
        • 11


        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: Setting and Tone

        Bring in pages from your novel or even pre-writing 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:

        September – Plot and Structure

        October – Setting and Tone

        November – Conflict and Theme

        December – Dialogue, Voice and Pacing

        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


          • 28 Oct 2017
          • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
          • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
          • 11

          Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genre’s welcome

          Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  But who can you get or trust to be that second set of eyes?  Family and friends run at the sight of you and even when they do read it, they say heartwarming, but ultimately useless things like, “That’s nice.”  That’s where I come in.

          I, Glenn Hanna will hosting the Children Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBA-LA) Saturday critique from 11am to 2pm at the LA Public Library, Harbor Gateway Branch, 24000 S Western Ave in the East Conference Room.

          If you’ve been to a Saturday critique before, then you know the drill.  If you’ve never attended one, let me explain how it goes.

          When to arrive:

          On time!  Please!  I know it’s fashionable to be ten to fifteen minutes late in LA but the time you waste is the time you take from yourself and the others in the group.  My formula is simple. I take the time we have and divide it among the people there.  More time we have, more time for all.

          What to bring:

          • 1.       If you’re writing a novel, then bring the first ten pages or the first chapter, whichever’s shorter.  If you’re writing a picture book, then bring the whole thing.  And please format your manuscript professionally:  Courier or Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, single sided, 1 inch margins on white paper
          • 2.       Copies of your manuscript.  Please check back on this website to see how many are attending so that you know how many copies to bring.
          • 3.       A pen or pencil or something with which to take notes.  If you’re the oral type, by all means you may bring a tape recorder.
          • 4.       A notebook (optional):  If you want to take notes on the comments you receive a notebook might come in handy, but it’s not necessary.  The reason we require you bring copies for everyone is because the others will write down their comments on those copies and then give them back to you to take home and read.
          • 5.       An open mind.  You may think a critique is a bunch of people sitting around insulting the baby you took great pains to write but that’s not the CBW-LA way and it’s not my way.  Before we begin I will give specific instructions on how we will conducting ourselves but the gist of it is, the point of this critique is to help you write what you want to write better.  To offer solutions and encouragement and guidance, not ridicule.  All I ask is that you open your mind and listen to what others are saying.  You don’t have to take any of the advice offered but you’ll never know what value it is if you don’t hear it in the first place.

          Please do not just show up.  If you wish to attend, register.  If no one registers by the previous Friday night, I will cancel the event.  If for any reason you cannot attend, please email me at cbwla2012@gmail.com. ASAP, so I can free up the space for someone else to attend.  And if you have any questions, you can reach me there as well.

          Look forward to seeing you there.

          Glenn Hanna

            • 11 Nov 2017
            • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
            • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
            • 11


            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: Conflict and Theme

            Bring in pages from your novel or even pre-writing 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:

            September – Plot and Structure

            October – Setting and Tone

            November – Conflict and Theme

            December – Dialogue, Voice and Pacing

            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


              • 02 Dec 2017
              • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
              • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
              • 11

              Calling All Children's Book Writers: Picture Book, Early Reader, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New AdultAll genre’s welcome

              Whether you’ve written a just handful of pages or you’re putting the finishing touches on your opus magnus, getting another set of eyes on your manuscript is a wise course of action.  But who can you get or trust to be that second set of eyes?  Family and friends run at the sight of you and even when they do read it, they say heartwarming, but ultimately useless things like, “That’s nice.”  That’s where I come in.

              I, Glenn Hanna will hosting the Children Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBA-LA) Saturday critique from 11am to 2pm at the LA Public Library, Harbor Gateway Branch, 24000 S Western Ave in the East Conference Room.

              If you’ve been to a Saturday critique before, then you know the drill.  If you’ve never attended one, let me explain how it goes.

              When to arrive:

              On time!  Please!  I know it’s fashionable to be ten to fifteen minutes late in LA but the time you waste is the time you take from yourself and the others in the group.  My formula is simple. I take the time we have and divide it among the people there.  More time we have, more time for all.

              What to bring:

              • 1.       If you’re writing a novel, then bring the first ten pages or the first chapter, whichever’s shorter.  If you’re writing a picture book, then bring the whole thing.  And please format your manuscript professionally:  Courier or Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, single sided, 1 inch margins on white paper
              • 2.       Copies of your manuscript.  Please check back on this website to see how many are attending so that you know how many copies to bring.
              • 3.       A pen or pencil or something with which to take notes.  If you’re the oral type, by all means you may bring a tape recorder.
              • 4.       A notebook (optional):  If you want to take notes on the comments you receive a notebook might come in handy, but it’s not necessary.  The reason we require you bring copies for everyone is because the others will write down their comments on those copies and then give them back to you to take home and read.
              • 5.       An open mind.  You may think a critique is a bunch of people sitting around insulting the baby you took great pains to write but that’s not the CBW-LA way and it’s not my way.  Before we begin I will give specific instructions on how we will conducting ourselves but the gist of it is, the point of this critique is to help you write what you want to write better.  To offer solutions and encouragement and guidance, not ridicule.  All I ask is that you open your mind and listen to what others are saying.  You don’t have to take any of the advice offered but you’ll never know what value it is if you don’t hear it in the first place.

              Please do not just show up.  If you wish to attend, register.  If no one registers by the previous Friday night, I will cancel the event.  If for any reason you cannot attend, please email me at cbwla2012@gmail.com. ASAP, so I can free up the space for someone else to attend.  And if you have any questions, you can reach me there as well.

              Look forward to seeing you there.

              Glenn Hanna

                • 09 Dec 2017
                • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
                • Harbor Gateway Library- 24000 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710
                • 11


                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: Dialogue, Voice and Pacing

                Bring in pages from your novel or even pre-writing 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:

                September – Plot and Structure

                October – Setting and Tone

                November – Conflict and Theme

                December – Dialogue, Voice and Pacing

                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


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                14 Jan 2017 Kickstarting Your Writing Career Workshop 2017
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                15 Oct 2016 Critique Session: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books!
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                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
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                05 Dec 2015 CBW-LA Co-op at the Author Alley
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                08 Nov 2015 SUNDAY Critique Session: Middle Grade & Young Adult
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                17 Oct 2015 Saturday Critique Session: Open to All!
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                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
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                25 Jul 2015 CBW–LA Summer Write-In Session
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                21 May 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
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                19 Mar 2015 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
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                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
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                20 Nov 2014 CBW–LA Third Thursday Weekday Write-In
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                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
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                08 Feb 2014 PICTURE BOOK/CHAPTER BOOK/EARLY READER CRITIQUE SESSION
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