The Story Sprouts January 2014 Blog Tour

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-01-2014

This January 2014, Co-editors Alana Garrigues and Nutschell Anne Windsor will be visiting other blogs to promote STORY SPROUTS: CBW-LA WRITING DAY EXERCISES & ANTHOLOGY.

50% of Story Sprouts book sales from November 2013 to the end of January 2014 will be donated to the ongoing Philippine typhoon relief efforts, so the blog tour will help them spread the word.

JANUARY 2014 STORY SPROUTS BLOG TOUR

With Co-Editors Alana Garrigues &  Nutschell Anne Windsor

January 3, 2014, Friday –  Karen Strong

Finding Inspiration Through Quotes

 

January 4, 2014, Saturday – Michael Di Gesu

The Many Roles of an Indie Author

 

January 6, 2014, Monday – Mooderino

Choosing a Title for Your Fiction and Non-fiction Books

 

January 7, 2014, Tuesday – Theresa Milstein

The Writer’s Workshop – From Blank Page to Published in Six Hours

 

January 8, 2014, Wednesday – Jemi Fraser

Story Sprouts and the Beauty of a Moment

 

January 9, 2014, Thursday – Cherie Reich

Vampires, Fairies and Dragons, Oh My!: Inviting the Whimsical into Your Story

 

January 10, 2014, Friday – Medeia Sharif

The Benefits of Free Writing

 

January 11, 2014, Saturday – Page Cravings

Story Sprouts Authors Interview

 

January 13, 2014, Monday – Julie Flanders

Using Photo Prompts to Spark Your Story Ideas

 

January 13, 2014, Monday – Natalie Aguirre

Story Sprouts Shout Out

 

January 14, 2014, Tuesday – Nas Dean

The Thrill of the First Time (Publishing)

 

January 15, 2014, Wednesday – Alex Cavanaugh

5 Movies Based on YA Books to Look Forward to this 2014

 

January 16, 2014, Thursday – Shelly Arkon

Book for Sale, Book for Sale! Hawking the Self-Published Story

 

January 17, 2014, Friday – Arlee Bird

The Benefits of Joining a Professional Writing Organization

 

January 20, 2014, Monday – J.L. Campbell

Using Archetypes to Create Your Characters

 

January 21, 2014, Tuesday – Christine Rains

Writing Groups: Why Writing in Community Rocks our Socks

 

January 22, 2104, Wednesday – Annalisa Crawford

Matched: I Now Declare You Writer and Editor

 

January 23, 2014, Thursday – Lisa Gail Green

Ten Reasons to Write for Kids

 

January 24, 2014, Friday – MJ Fifield

The Value of Critiques

 

January 25, 2014, Saturday – PK Hrezo

The Power of Names

 

January 26, 2014, Sunday – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

Showcase: Story Sprouts: CBW-LA Writing Day Exercises and Anthology

 

January 27, 2014, Monday – Stephen Tremp

Assembling Your Publishing Team

 

January 28, 2014, Tuesday – Emily Ann Girdner

From Canvas to Page – Art & Literature

 

January 29, 2014, Wednesday – Lynda R. Young

The Five Stages of First Publication

 

January 30, 2014, Thursday – L. Diane Wolfe

Help! I’ve Gotta Edit!

 

January 31, 2014, Friday – Milo James Fowler

A Writer’s Poison

 

 

WRITING NONPROFIT TO DONATE HALF OF BOOK SALES TO PHILIPPINES RELIEF EFFORTS

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-11-2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Media Contacts:

Nutschell Anne Windsor, CBW-LA President: nutschell@cbw-la.org, c: 310-465-5381

Angie Flores, CBW-LA Marketing Manager: angie@cbw-la.org, c: 310-408-3764

 

 

WRITING NONPROFIT TO DONATE HALF OF BOOK SALES TO PHILIPPINES RELIEF EFFORTS

Donations Will Recognize and Honor Filipino Founder’s Roots, Help Children

 

TORRANCE, CA – Nov. 13, 2013 – The Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles revealed plans to donate 50 percent of book sales proceeds to relief efforts in the Philippines following a unanimous Board of Directors decision November 12, 2013. The donations will be valid for all Story Sprouts Writing Day Exercises and Anthology 2013 sales in both print and digital format from November 2013 through January 2014.

Two of the five CBW-LA board members have close ties to the Philippines. President and Founder Nutschell Anne Windsor was born and raised in the island nation, but moved to the United States eight years ago to be with her family, while Marketing Manager Angie Flores married into a Filipino family with relatives in Cebu and Manila.

Windsor maintains a strong relationship with her Filipino heritage. She is a member of the Doce Pares martial arts group, a Filipino martial arts group founded in Cebu that meets in Redondo Beach. Windsor said she is fortunate that most of her family in the Philippines live in the northern part of the country, which escaped the devastation by Supertyphoon Haiyan, but her heart goes out to all those personally affected.

“My own relatives and friends are mostly in Manila and its surrounding areas, and they were thankfully not affected by the storm,” said Windsor. “But my other adopted family, the Doce Pares Martial Arts family, has had to deal with friends and relatives back in the Philippines who have lost businesses, homes, and loved ones.”

A revered leader, Windsor taps into her cultural roots as she lends a supportive hand and instills passion in the writers of CBW-LA.

“Though I now call Los Angeles my home, a part of me will always live in Manila,” Windsor said. “My Filipino upbringing, combined with the holistic, well-rounded education I received back home, has certainly made me the person I am today. Filipinos value generosity, hospitality, solidarity and respect for others, so these values often show in the way I deal with people, and the way I manage CBW-LA.”

Flores was close to Filipino culture as a Hollywood native growing up, with many friends and coworkers hailing from the Philippines. Now married, her affinity for the Filipino culture continues. Her mother-in-law is from Manila and father-in-law from Cebu. While they now live in the Los Angeles area, many relatives still own and run mango farms in Cebu. She has always felt blessed to be embraced by the community.

“The Philippine community is very caring, hospitable, and generous,” said Flores.

She is still waiting to hear from some loved ones, and hopes that CBW-LA can reach many people in need of assistance through the book’s sales.

“I am proud to be a part of a group who is willing to assist in the aid of the Philippines,” said Flores. “As an individual, there is only so much you can do. With the CBW-LA, we will be able to use this platform as a base to request assistance and support for a country that directly affects the groups members.”

Story Sprouts, by CBW-LA Publications, is a mix of writer’s resource and anthology, with 38 new pieces from published and aspiring children’s book authors created during a one-day writing workshop. Windsor developed the workshop and co-edited the anthology along with Publications Editor Alana Garrigues. The book uncovers the creative process in its raw form, celebrating the seeds of story generation. Framing the anthology pieces are the 10 writing exercises that guided the authors along their journey, as well as tips and techniques shared at the workshop.

The book is ideal for writers as well as readers and all those who support new voices in literature.

To purchase Story Sprouts and support the relief efforts in the Philippines, contact Ms. Windsor directly or go to http://amzn.to/1gvKSUM.

Local bookstores interested in shelving Story Sprouts or allowing CBW-LA to sell copies during an in-store promotion are encouraged to contact Ms. Windsor directly at nutschell@cbw-la.org.

 

About CBW-LA

The non-profit 501(c)3 CBW-LA was founded in 2010 in Torrance, California. CBW-LA provides education and inspiration for published writers and writers on the road to publication. We offer a venue to share knowledge and information between writers, members of the publishing industry, educators, libraries, and other members of the Los Angeles community involved in promoting children’s literature and literacy for children.

For additional information, visit http://www.cbw-la.org or http://www.storysproutsanthology.com.

 

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For Immediate Release – Story Sprouts

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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-11-2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Nutschell Anne Windsor, CBW-LA President: nutschell@cbw-la.org, c: 310-465-5381

Alana Garrigues, CBW-LA Publications Editor: alanagarrigues@gmail.com, c: 310-465-5126

Angie Flores, CBW-LA Marketing Manager: angie@cbw-la.org, c: 310-408-3764

 

STORY SPROUTS ANTHOLOGY REVEALS INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO PUBLISHING

Contributing Authors Create Submissions During One-Day Writing Workshop, Included in Book

 

Torrance, CA – This summer, 19 talented children’s book authors accepted a challenge to workshop, write, revise, polish, and submit two stories – in public, under the pressure of a six-hour deadline, with the promise of publication. On October 29, 2013, their work will be revealed with the global release of Story Sprouts Anthology 2013.

 

In a revolutionary new approach to writing and publishing, the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles turned convention upside down with Story Sprouts: CBW-LA Writing Day Exercises and Anthology 2013.

 

A fresh take on an old classic, the Anthology uncovers the creative process in its raw form, celebrating the seeds of story generation. Framing the authors’ contributions are the 10 writing exercises that guided them along their journey, as well as tips and techniques shared at the workshop.

 

“First time writers often dread writing query letters because they fear that they lack the credentials to make their author bios stand out,” said CBW-LA President and Founder Nutschell Anne Windsor. “Our goal for the Workshop and Anthology was to give our members their first taste of publication, giving them the confidence to pursue their writing careers. For workshop participants who have yet to achieve their dreams of becoming a published author, Story Sprouts will be the first of their many achievements, and something that will inspire them to keep on reaching for their writing dreams.”

 

Guided by the writing exercises and handouts, anthology authors produced two pieces. One revealed insights “On Writing” and the other was a fictional piece based on a photo prompts. Submissions range from poetry and narrative essay to flash fiction and picture book manuscripts.

 

The innovative publication is in line with the non-profit organization’s values – support and education for writers, amateur and experienced alike. By including the workshop prompts and advice, writers of all ages, levels and ability may follow along from home and enjoy an experience similar to workshop attendees. At the same time, the Anthology serves as a launching pad for new faces in the kid lit industry.

 

Some of the author names will be familiar to Hollywood and literary insiders. Contributor Abi Estrin wrote the animated adaptation of Ben Hur and produced several episodes of On the Road in America. Contributor Lynne Southerland has 20 years experience in Hollywood; her credits include co-directing Mulan 2 and co-producing Disney’s An Extremely Goofy Movie and HBO’s Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child. Contributor Donna Marie Robb’s stories have been published in several literary magazines and she her children’s book reviews have been published in the School Library Journal.

 

The mix of familiar faces and relative unknowns is an encouraging sign for the Anthology’s producers, who sought an experience that would transcend expertise and touch upon the passion that creative spirits share.

 

Windsor and CBW-LA Publications Editor Alana Garrigues produced the Writing Day Workshop and Anthology with the assistance and support of the board of directors.

 

Windsor drew on her experience as an English teacher and her passion for the world of children’s literature to determine the format of the workshop and lead the participants through their exercises. Garrigues, a freelance journalist and creative non-fiction author, translated the workshop into a narrative form and edited the 38 manuscripts included in the book.

 

The two are already planning the group’s next Writing Day Anthology workshop, tentatively slated for May 2014.

 

Book reviewers may request a complimentary review copy by contacting Windsor at nutschell@cbw-la.org. Story Sprouts is available through Amazon and Kindle or at www.storysproutsanthology.com. Booksellers may contact Windsor to inquire about carrying the book. On Goodreads.

 

About CBW-LA

The non-profit 501(c)3 CBW-LA was founded in 2010 in Torrance, California. CBW-LA provides education and inspiration for published writers and writers on the road to publication. We provide a venue to share knowledge and information between writers, members of the publishing industry, educators, libraries, and other members of the Los Angeles community involved in promoting children’s literature and literacy for children.

For additional information, visit http://www.cbw-la.org or http://www.storysproutsanthology.com.

 

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Please note: Book cover image, workshop photos and editor photos available upon request by email or phone call to Ms. Windsor. Review samples available in .mobi and .pdf digital format. Print also available. To schedule a media interview, contact either Ms. Windsor or Ms. Garrigues at the contact information provided.

 


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