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.




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 (http://cbw-la.org/events?eventId=838936&EventViewMode=EventDetails)


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 (http://cbw-la.org/events?eventId=901869&EventViewMode=EventDetails)

Upcoming events (1)

Why Spying is Good for You: Nonfiction Observation for Fiction Writers

Editor and former journalist Alana Garrigues takes you on a trip through the real world to inform your fantasy world. Find out why people-watching and eavesdropping actually improve your writing, and learn how to find creative inspiration in everyday moments. Since we learn best by doing and by sharing, this event will include time for plenty of questions, discourse, writing, and reflection. So bring that laptop or a pen and paper and get ready to hone your skills! About the Facilitator Alana Garrigues is a freelance journalist and creative nonfiction author. Originally from the bookish mecca of Portland, Oregon, she now lives the sunshine life in Redondo Beach, California, where she writes for the local newspaper and raises identical twin girls with her husband. She is currently writing a “humorous humanitarian” book about a California nurse who uprooted from her laid-back, beach town lifestyle to move to the bush of Benin, West Africa to found a non-profit. Other projects include rough drafts of several children’s stories scribbled into notebooks, awaiting rediscovery and revision. Never one to pigeonhole, Alana is equally in love with telling compelling true stories and inspiring kids to love reading and writing; she hopes to move her career forward with one foot solidly rooted in both camps: creative nonfiction and kid lit. Alana is happiest when she sets foot on no fewer than two continents in a year, where she spends a great deal of time exploring and attempting to decode language and culture while away. She is a meticulous researcher, terrible housecleaner, incessant daydreamer, nature lover, and dabbler in all things art-related. Alana is the Publications Director for CBW-LA and author of “writercize,” a blog brimming with writing prompts for writers, students and teachers. She can be found at www.alanagarrigues.com.

Past events (131)

The Building Blocks of Structuring Children's Books(Picture Book to Young Adult)

Torrance Municipal Airport-Zamperini Field


Photos (61)