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Story Sprouts: Setting, FULL–DAY Writing Workshop and Anthology

  • 25 Apr 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field) Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505
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  • Scholarship open to youth ages 16-25. Application required. Email to request scholarship application.
  • This discount is only available for our returning Story Sprouts authors. Code required.

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 publication with YOUR name—and story—THIS fall!

Plus, new this year, start your day getting to know your fellow writers in a creative and fun group writing activity. This is a stellar opportunity to network and grow your supportive writing community, sharing some quality time with others who "get" the writing life!

After an intensive day of creative writing, 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! This is Nutschell's third year and Alana's second facilitating the highly rated workshop that last year's authors called "an awesome and fun day," "spectacular," "delightfully surprising," "encouraging and motivating," and "well done." One author said she'd like to attend the workshop every month if she could!

Of the resulting book, Children's Author and former SCBWI President J. Enderle said, "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."

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. Try to imagine "Hunger Games" without District 9 and the Capital, or "Harry Potter" without Hogwarts. Impossible! The setting of your book dictates its physical and social world.

In this workshop, you will explore eras and time periods, extreme conditions, real and imagined worlds, different cultures and traditions ... and more!

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, Story Sprouts: Setting.

All submissions will go through line and copy editing prior to publication.

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.**

Anticipated launch party date Oct. 10, 2015.


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

The Details

Date: April 25, 2015

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. Before you leave, our board members will collect all of your work on a flash drive. Please wait for confirmation the weeks after the workshop that we have all of your submissions, and then you are free to delete your work.

Place: Torrance Municipal Airport Meeting Room


Great Discount

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 $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 Young Writer Scholarship (open to high school and college students up to age 25).


  • 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
  • T-shirt
  • FREE Launch Party Celebration to toast your success!
  • Inspiration and publication!
  • YOUR name and work in this year's Story Sprouts!


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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.

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