Story Sprouts Anthology: January 2014 Blog Tour and Press Information

Story Sprouts:
CBW-LA Writing Day Exercises
and Anthology 2013
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Story Sprouts Media Contacts:
Nutschell Anne Windsor, CBW-LA President:
Alana Garrigues, CBW-LA Publications Editor:
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We would like to thank our blog tour hosts for spotlighting our book and allowing us to chat and visit about so many aspects of writing through our guest posts. We had a lot of fun!

January 3, 2014, Friday –  Karen StrongFinding Inspiration Through Quotes by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 4, 2014, Saturday – Michael Di GesuThe Many Roles of an Indie Author by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 6, 2014, Monday – MooderinoChoosing a Title for Your Fiction and Non-fiction Books by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 8, 2014, Wednesday – Jemi FraserStory Sprouts and the Beauty of a Moment by Alana Garrigues
January 10, 2014, Friday – Medeia SharifThe Benefits of Free Writing by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 11, 2014, Saturday – Page CravingsStory Sprouts Authors Interview
January 13, 2014, Monday – Julie FlandersUsing Photo Prompts to Spark Your Story Ideas by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 13, 2014, Monday – Natalie AguirreStory Sprouts Shout Out
January 14, 2014, Tuesday – Nas DeanThe Thrill of the First Time (Publishing) by Alana Garrigues
January 15, 2014, Wednesday – Alex Cavanaugh5 Movies Based on YA Books to Look Forward to this 2014 by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 16, 2014, Thursday – Shelly ArkonBook for Sale, Book for Sale! Hawking the Self-Published Story by Alana Garrigues
January 17, 2014, Friday – Arlee BirdThe Benefits of Joining a Professional Writing Organization by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 20, 2014, Monday – J.L. CampbellUsing Archetypes to Create Your Characters by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 21, 2014, Tuesday – Christine RainsWriting Groups: Why Writing in Community Rocks our Socks by Alana Garrigues
January 22, 2104, Wednesday – Annalisa CrawfordMatched: I Now Declare You Writer and Editor by Alana Garrigues
January 23, 2014, Thursday – Lisa Gail GreenTen Reasons to Write for Kids by Alana Garrigues
January 24, 2014, Friday – MJ FifieldThe Value of Critiques by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 25, 2014, Saturday – PK HrezoThe Power of Names by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 26, 2014, Sunday – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd: Showcase: Story Sprouts: CBW-LA Writing Day Exercises and Anthology
January 27, 2014, Monday – Stephen TrempAssembling Your Publishing Team by Nutschell Anne Windsor
January 28, 2014, Tuesday – Emily Ann GirdnerFrom Canvas to Page – Art & Literature by Alana Garrigues
January 29, 2014, Wednesday – Lynda R. YoungThe Five Stages of First Publication by Alana Garrigues
January 30, 2014, Thursday – L. Diane WolfeHelp! I’ve Gotta Edit! by Alana Garrigues
January 31, 2014, Friday – Milo James FowlerA Writer’s Poison by Nutschell Anne Windsor

Thank you so much to all of you for hosting us this January! We are so incredibly blessed to be part of such an amazing blogging community. You all rock!!!

Please review the press release below for information about Story Sprouts: Writing Day Workshop and Anthology 2013, published in October 2013. The book is published by CBW-LA Publications and the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles and available on Amazon, in print and on Kindle.


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 Story Sprouts will be available through Amazon, Kindle and iBooks or at Booksellers may contact Windsor to inquire about carrying the book.

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.
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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.