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Story-Telling for Social Justice & Advancement
REGISTER HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS: People are seeking solutions to the world’s challenges. One way for creatives to help is to write stories that raise awareness about the challenges as well as suggest solutions – all while being engaging and entertaining. We’ll explore how you can use Mythic Themes, Archetypes, and Symbols in your stories to inform and inspire young people about ecology, equality, education, science and technology, and more. Today there are so many ways to distribute your stories to even wider audiences. It's no secret that from pre-school to teens, young people do spend time on the internet, but here are some web usages which can greatly benefit children as well as those of you who are writing for the children's and YA marketplace! * How to help children with school anxieties and social challenges * How to encourage your child's creativity and global awareness * How to promote your children's or YA stories, including internationally * How web series and audiobooks can help authors and their readers Kathie Fong Yoneda and Pamela Jaye Smith have decades of experience in all types of media from major studios to wildly independent web series, and look forward to discussing the important challenges and opportunities open to writers today. **Handouts and autographed copies of the speakers' books included. REGISTER HERE FOR ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS: ABOUT THE SPEAKERS KATHIE FONG YONEDA has worked for Paramount, Universal, Fox, and Disney, focusing on development of live action and animated film, television, novels, adaptations, and web series projects. Kathie has given workshops in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Clients include RAI-TV Roma, National Film School of Denmark, Bournemouth University, ScreenTraining Ireland, South Carolina Writers, Singapore Media Academy, Romance Writers of America, ScriptFest, Roma Webfest, Writers Institute, Hawaii International Film Festival, and Melbourne Webfest. Kathie is a mentor for the Rocaberti Writers Retreat in France. Her clientele includes several award-winning writers and her book,The Script Selling Game (2nd edition), is used in screenwriting curricula in universities worldwide. She is on the Advisory Board for IMAGO (French Production Company) and LAWEBFEST. PAMELA JAYE SMITH is a mythologist, author, international consultant-speaker, and award-winning writer-producer-director. She’s the author of 5 books for writers and a guide to Romantic Comedies, and co-author of two children’s books. Pamela appears as a myth expert for Fox’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, Microsoft’s “Age of Mythology” and the “American Jedi” documentary. Credits include Fox, Disney, Paramount, Microsoft, Universal, RAI-TV Rome, UCLA, USC Film School, American Film Institute, Women in Film, Natl. Film Institute of Denmark, LA and Marseille WebFests, Romance Writers of America, Children’s Book Writers LA, and more. One of her scripts was a winner at the 2015 Bahamas International Film Festival. MYTHWORKS helps media-makers improve their stories, find and live their personal myths, and better present their projects to producers and the public.

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    Originally called the Torrance Children’s Book Writing Group (later on shortened to Torrance Children’s Book Writers), the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization founded in 2010.

    Our primary and official website (

    We would like to encourage you to sign up at ( to avail of our full membership for $30/year or $50/two years.

    This group is run by volunteers who work for FREE. Your membership fees are meant to fund all the expenses necessary to keep this group afloat, and to help us organize even more helpful writing events and programs for all.

    As a full member, you will receive the following benefits:

    1. FREE RSVP’s to all our Critique Sessions/ First Pages Critique Sessions every other month.

    Non-members (those on meetup who haven’t registered at will have to pay $10 for every critique session they wish to attend.

    If you are a member, you automatically save $30 if you wish to attend all our critique sessions.

    2. Access to a more regular critique group.

    Members who fill out our Critique Group Form will be organized into regular critique groups based on their genre and location.

    3. Discounted Price to all our workshops.

    Regular workshops are priced at $20. Non-members will pay the full $20.

    Members who register early for these events will pay only $10.
    Members who choose to pay at the door for the workshop will pay only $15.

    4. As a member, you are entitled to the following resources, available ONLY on our website.
    • Check out writing contests, challenges and prompts in our Writing Resources section.
    • Read summaries of past events and workshops on our Blogs tab.
    • RSVP to workshops, panels and critique sessions, using your CBW-LA member discount.
    • Check the Events section for other local writing events, including book signings and writing conferences.
    • Use the Members Only section to:
    o Post any questions about the craft and business of writing on our Forum
    o Download copies of Scribblers Scoop, our quarterly newsletter
    o Download the latest handouts and worksheets
    o Network with other members through the Directory

    Once you have registered and paid for your membership at, you will receive a welcome packet containing more information on how to make the most of your CBW-LA membership, along with a complimentary CBW-LA Button and Pen (and tote bag, if you paid for the 2 year membership).

    Again, we encourage you to sign up as full CBW-LA members. Through our writing community, you’ll acquire a wealth of knowledge to help you attain your goals, and discover new friends who will accompany and support your budding writing career.

    We promise you’ll find your CBW-LA Membership a rewarding experience.



    Date: 31 May 2014

    Time: 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM

    Venue: Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field) Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505

    To Register: Writing Day Anthology Registration Link (


    Date: 28 June 2014

    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Venue: El Segundo Public Library

    To Register: Voice: How to Find and Nurture Your Writing Personality Registration Link


    Date: 12 July 2014

    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Venue: El Segundo Public Library

    To Register: Marketing Secrets from a Best-Selling Independent Author Registration Link (

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