Hi there,Theresa fans!
Since we know all you Theresa blog readers are a nice mix of writers and teachers, and chances are you're all getting back to work after a bit of repose, Nutschell Anne Windsor and I wanted to share our experiences teaching and creating a little book for teachers and writers called Story Sprouts, released in October. Story Sprouts is a compilation of stories written by published and aspiring authors during a writing workshop. A one day writing workshop. Actually, a six hour writing workshop, with two finished pieces per author, created entirely in the moment.
How did we do it?
We did it through - planning, planning, planning. A fun mix of fiction and non-fiction. A lot of encouragement. Coffee and plenty of food. Professional copy and lay-out editors. And a few great exercises to help our writers' minds pop with ideas and revise with ease.
Free write? Check. Self-reflection? Check. Photo prompts? Check. Villains, vampires, aliens and candy? Check, check, check and check. Group brainstorm? Check. Writer playtime with point of view? Check.
We started with some simple mindless exercises to warm up the writing muscles and built up to serious plotting and revision.
While the Writing Day Workshop Anthology was the result of a Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles (CBW-LA) board brainstorm, President and Founder Nutschell truly earns all the accolades for the agenda of the day. A former English teacher and aspiring YA author, she took her teaching prowess and her impeccable research on the writing life and put together ten clear-cut writing exercises for nearly 20 attendees.
Post writing day, my role as Publications Editor was to translate the workshop into a narrative form and do a preliminary copy edit as well as some minor line edits in the pieces - just to make sure each writer's voice was as consistent as possible throughout his/her entries. Very minor tweaks to help our writers shine.
The rest of the CBW-LA board researched editors, raised funds to support the endeavor, planned festivities and made sure we had their full support!
The book includes all ten writing exercises from the workshop, along with explanations of why we selected them, and the 38 anthology entries. Half of the entries are reflective pieces on writing, and the other half are based on afternoon photo prompts and revision exercises.
We encourage any teacher or writer to pick up the book - available on Amazon in Kindle or print form - and share it with the students or writers in your life. (Bonus - through January, we are donating HALF of all sales to Philippines disaster relief after last year's supertyphoon!)
We would love to hear about how you use the exercises in your classroom or to boost your New Year writing goals, and encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about planning a similar workshop in your hometown. If you are in the L.A. area, please join us in May for Story Sprouts 2014, with all new writing tips and prompts!
In the meantime, keep on writing and revising!
Alana Garrigues is a freelance journalist and creative nonfiction author. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she now lives the sunshine life in Redondo Beach with her husband and identical twin daughters.
Alana is an avid traveler, meticulous researcher, terrible housecleaner, incessant daydreamer, nature lover, and dabbler of all things art-related. She is also the Publications Editor for CBW-LA and author of the Writercize blog where she posts original writing prompts for writers, students and teachers (writercize.blogspot.com). She is also a member of the Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
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STORY SPROUTS: CBW-LA WRITING DAY EXERCISES & ANTHOLOGY 2013
· 19 Authors
· 38 Combined Anthology Entries – 2 per Contributing Author
· 6-hour Workshop
· 10 Writing Exercises (included in Story Sprouts)
· Dozens of Photo, Character and Conflict Prompts (included in Story Sprouts)
· 240 pages
What happens when linguistic lovers and tale tellers workshop together? Inspiration. Wonder. Discovery. Growth. Magic.
Brave and talented, the writers featured in this anthology took on the challenge of dedicating one day to the raw and creative process of writing.
A rare view into the building blocks of composition, Story Sprouts is made up of nearly 40 works of poetry and prose from 19 published and aspiring children's book authors.
This compilation includes all of the anthology writing exercises and prompts, along with tips, techniques and free online writing resources to help writers improve their craft.
KINDLE & PRINT COPIES AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON.
Learn more about Story Sprouts at http://www.storysproutsanthology.com/
Join the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles at www.cbw-la.org
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