What we're about

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 www.cbw-la.org (http://www.cbw-la.org/joinua).

We would like to encourage you to sign up at www.cbw-la.org (http://www.cbw-la.org/joinua) 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 cbw-la.org) 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 www.cbw-la.org 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 www.cbw-la.org, 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.


Upcoming events (3)


Online event


Please note that only those registered for this event at www.cbw-la.org will receive the Zoom link and handouts.

Register for this event at: http://www.cbw-la.org/event-4176184

Find the “write path” towards achieving your writing dreams. Discover who you are as a writer, and learn all about your different publishing options.

If you’ve always wanted to write, but don’t know where to start, if you’re stuck in a writing rut or want to rekindle your passion for writing, or if you’re serious about getting published but don’t know much about the industry, this workshop is for you.

We’ll have worksheets, handouts and writing exercises to help you get started on whatever writing path you wish to travel.

Here's a sampling of what you'll learn if you register for the workshop:

1. The Key Paths to Publishing - Traditional publishing and self-publishing are just two of the many options you have for getting published.

2. How a book gets published traditionally

3. The basics of self-publishing including:

a. Your self-publishing options

b. The Real Cost of Self-Publishing a book

4. The pros and cons for both traditional publishing and self-publishing

5. Other Publishing Options

6. Tools to kickstart your writing career

And much, much more!

About the Speaker

Nutschell (pronounced Noo-SHELL, in case you were wondering) Anne Windsor is a middle grade/young adult fantasy writer. She is the Founder and President of CBW-LA and is the Co-Regional Advisor of the L.A. Region of SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). She also works full-time as the Program Manager for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Register for this event at: http://www.cbw-la.org/event-4176184

Creating Universal Stories that Reach Wider Audiences

Online event


Does Your Story Have a Passport?
Creating Universal Stories that Reach Wider Audiences
with Pamela Jaye Smith

Please note that only those registered for this event at www.cbw-la.org will receive the Zoom link and handouts.

Register for this event at:http://www.cbw-la.org/event-4216949

This past year had proven that stories are so vitally important: people are recommending books, they’re trading books, they’re sharing stories, and they’re writing them!

In today’s tech-heavy media world that’s often quite divisive, it’s a smart move to make your stories as universal as possible to reach a wider audience and help create more interconnectivity and open-mindedness between people of all ages – especially children and young people.

For so many countries and cultures English is the preferred second language and with the proliferation of media distribution [print books, e-books, movies, TV, web series, podcasts, etc.] writers have more rich opportunities than ever before.

Using timeless principles of story-telling, this interactive presentation will explore how you too can craft IP that publishers, agents, managers, and media producers will find relevant and attractive.

Even if your story takes place in a remote village or on another planet or dimension, you can touch upon global issues and universal archetypes that readers in many other places can relate to – while still keeping your story unique to you.

So get your Story a Passport and give it wings to travel round the world!


Pamela Jaye Smith - Rocaberti Castle Writers' Retreat

PAMELA JAYE SMITH is a mythologist, writer, international consultant-speaker, and award-winning writer-producer-director with over thirty years experience in the media industry in features, TV, music videos, documentaries, corporate and military films, web series, and XR projects in Hollywood and around the world.

Her Cuban Circuit script was a winner at the Bahamas Intl. Film Festival. Pamela has written five books for content creators, is co-author of two children’s books, “Petra Volare” and “Skruffy”, and writes short stories, with a few novels in progress.

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, Rocaberti Writers Retreat, media festi­vals and story conferences.

She has written hundreds of articles and most recently her piece on “The First Gods of Mars” was accepted into The Mars Society official library. Pamela recently presented at their Annual Convention.

Various projects have taken Smith to the Arctic, the Andes, SE Asia, Europe, and New Zealand and soon, South Africa.

Her company MYTHWORKS helps people improve their stories, discover and live their Personal Myths, and better present their projects. Pitch Materials She is co-founder of Alpha Babe Academy and Mythic Challenges – Create Stories that Change the World.


LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-jaye-smith-b06959/

Please note that only those registered for this event at www.cbw-la.org will receive the Zoom link and handouts.

Register for this event at:http://www.cbw-la.org/event-4216949

How a Mom of 3 Published a Picture Book that Debuted as a #1 Release on Amazon

Achieve Your Writing Dreams:
How a Mom of Three Published a Picture Book that Debuted as a #1 Release on Amazon

Please note that only those registered for this event at www.cbw-la.org will receive the Zoom link and handouts.

Register for this event at:http://www.cbw-la.org/event-4659513

When your goal is to have your story published, sometimes you have to get out of your own way to do it. Learn how mom of three Angie Flores took her story idea and turned it into a best-selling picture book. Cub's Wish debuted as #1 release on Amazon and has been translated into several languages. Angie has also been featured on several podcasts and radio shows as well as Disney/ABC7's Magic of Storytelling. Angie's journey will inspire you and she'll share various processes and approaches to achieve your publishing dreams. It's not magic, it's in you.

Register for this event at:http://www.cbw-la.org/event-4659513

Past events (148)

Visually Sketching Out Your Plot

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