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Upcoming CBW-LA Workshops

Nutschell Anne W.
Group Organizer
Torrance, CA
Hello Scribblers!
We have some wonderful workshops scheduled for you all. To get more details on each event and register for the workshops, click on the links below.

Novel Critique Session
August 9, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
LA Public Library - Harbor Gateway Branch
To Register: Novel Critique Session
Get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners and make new friends!

Do You Give Good Voice: Finding & Nurturing Your Writing Personality
August 23, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
El Segundo Library
To Register: Do You Give...Good Voice? How to Find (and Nurture) Your Writing Personality
Voice is one of the hardest things to master in the writing process.  And the easiest.  Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, children’s or young adult, it’s important to have a unique voice in writing, or in style.
This is what sets you apart.
This is what gets you discovered.
In today’s congested literary world stuffed to capacity with a writhing, teeming mass of writers, how do you make yourself memorable?  How do you make sure to be noticed, to be read, and to have readers become fans?
By having your own voice.  Your own recognizable stamp confirming that story is YOURS as surely as that first twang of a Led Zepplin tune confirms the night will be great.
As writers, your goal is to take your reader away from their world and put them into yours.
This is what you do with voice.
Join Author Samantha Combs at the El Segundo Public Library June 28th and find yours!

About the Speaker:
Samantha Combs is a Southern California author with eight published books: Her Young Adult paranormal titles, the Global Ebook Award-winning debut title SPELLBOUND, SPELLBOUND's sequel, EVERSPELL, GHOSTLY, and WATERDANCER, a middle grade horror called THE DETENTION DEMON, and her adult horror collections, TEETH AND TALONS and WAY PAST MIDNIGHT. HELLOWEEN is her eighth book and her third horror story collection. Her ninth is on its way to reader's hands as this is written.  She enjoys writing YA paranormals, both dark and light, and supernatural fantasy and romance, but it is her love of horror that started it all.

Write Stories That Change the World & Pitch Them to TV & Movie Producers
September 27, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
El Segundo Library
To Register: Write Stories That Change the World & Pitch Them to TV & Movie Producers

Mythic Challenges is a tool set that helps writers use Mythic Themes, Archetypes and Symbols to tell unique stories for a global audience that moves them to awareness and action. Mythology expert Pamela Jaye Smith partnered with Jill Gurr (and Brian Dyer) to develop this special method of generating powerful stories that can impact our planet. The pilot program worked with students in LA and Afghanistan, in conjunction with the US State Department, helping the young media-makers craft short award-winning films that address some of the 15 Global Challenges.

No matter your plot or topic, you can seamlessly weave in the issues we all face, no matter our age, gender, ethnicity or location. Main plot, sub-plot, background, main characters, minor characters and symbolism give your children’s book a “message” to help align it with the hundreds of organizations and millions of interested people worldwide.

Jill and Pamela will share how you too can use these timeless tools to make your already entertaining stories work in even bigger ways.

Besides the Mythic Challenges tools, they will also present tips about how to break into the entertainment industry, including via Pamela's Pitch Proxy service. They’ll present formats for Pitch Materials: Logline, Pitch, Synopsis – and will share what they’ve learned doing hundreds of pitches of books and scripts at many, many PitchFests.

Pamela and Jill will provide some fun writing and improvisation exercises to teach you how to promote your books to the entertainment industry. They'll also listen to some of your pitches and give you feedback about how to enhance them.

Both of our speakers have decades of experience in the film industry and much success in promoting their books and screenplays to film producers, agents and network executives both at PitchFests and in one-on-one meetings.

About the Speakers:

JILL GURR self-published her children's chapter book Dolphin Healing about a 10-year old girl fighting cancer who is inspired to live through her friendship with a dolphin. She'll talk about the research that went into the project, including the best system for publishing her three books. Jill is the founder of Create Now, a nonprofit that helps troubled children through arts mentoring, and the author of Mentor Youth Now: A Guidebook for Transforming Young Lives, a practical and inspiring guidebook to passing on your experience and expertise to young creatives, while also learning from kids about what makes them tick. Jill is also a screenwriter. Two of her scripts were produced with name actors and several screenplays were optioned.Jill was also a Script Supervisor on award-winning movies for many years, working with major celebrities in exotic locations all over the world.­­

PAMELA JAYE SMITH is a writer, international consultant-speaker, and award-winning producer/director with over thirty years experience in the media industry. Pamela is the author of 5 books for writers including the new self-published SHOW ME THE LOVE! She is the co-author of two children’s books and also writes short stories and articles. Her company MYTHWORKS helps media-makers improve their stories, find and live their personal myths, and better present their projects to producers and the public.­

Hope to see you there!

CBW-LA Founder and President
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