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Story Sprouts: CBW-LA Writing Day Exercises and Anthology 2013 Paperback – October 18, 2013
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Alana Garrigues 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 the Publications Director for CBW-LA and author of “writercize,” a blog brimming with writing prompts for writers, students and teachers. Visit www.alanagarrigues.com for more information, including social media links.
Nutschell Anne Windsor Nutschell (pronounced Noo-SHELL, in case you were wondering) Anne Windsor is a middle grade/young adult fantasy writer who hails from the Philippines and now lives in sunny Los Angeles. She is the Founder and President of CBW-LA and is the Assistant Regional Adviser of the L.A. Region of SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Nutschell founded the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles (www.cbw-la.org) in 2010 with the hope of sharing knowledge with fellow children’s book writers in the area. Following a BA in Psychology from the University of the Philippines (Diliman), Nutschell became an English teacher at Miriam College High School. Currently, she is the Creative Writing (Online) and Events Rep for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Nutschell’s experiences have turned her into a detail-oriented, organized planner, and she uses these skills to teach and facilitate workshops and critique sessions for CBW-LA. She is also an active member of the blogging community. She shares writing tips, techniques and reports on various writing events at www.thewritingnut.com and on Twitter @nutschell.
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It's not your typical anthology with just a whole bunch of people's work in a list format. It's SO much better! You can read and work along with the exercises and learn some different techniques of how to sprout a new story.
We were so busy on the day of the event we didn't get to see the other people's stories so I was excited to get my copy. I thought I would just read for a little bit before bed the day I got my copy, but then I couldn't put it down. It was a fun read! I found myself wanting to know what story or poem might come next. It was neat to see how different writers form their stories and pieces. You can really get to know their personalities and I found that fascinating and enjoyed it cover to cover.
great stories with moral values. great read for all Ages!
If I wanted to write poetry, or an essay, this collection of people's experiences and creativity will light up the bulb in your head
and start to put ideas as well as your thoughts into paper!
Great buy to give as gifts to your friends!
It begins to cover skills and writing exercises, useful for the would-be writer, or writers that want to improve on their skills, or gather inspiration for further writings, helps to bring focus to the writing process.
Each story gives the reader a glimpse of what the author is like, a taste of inspiration, of experience, of those that supported them, interweaving it all into their stories.
Throughout the book writers give their own tips and how they write, inspiration, about themselves, explaining their passion – quite insightful.
After quite a lot of pages, finally I got to some short stories. Although this may be useful information for other writers, very tedious for those that are not.
Once I got to the short stories, they moved at quite a good pace, a range of genres, style of writing and characters.
Some of the stories are not quite complete, the beginning, middle and end are not your typical ones, most have reasonable plots, but some need to have things added in order to be a complete short story; however, it may be fitting for the purposes of the workshop.
Most of the stories seem almost like a very short bedtime story, some only being a few paragraphs, inspirations forming from objects or bits and bobs. Quite unlike any collections of works I have read before.
Interesting and varied array of poetry complements the book. Basically any kind of writing one can think of doing it is put in the book. Anything that one could imagine, these writers find something to write about.
The range of writing forms is in essay form, flash fiction, picture book manuscript and poetry; allowing the writers to express themselves. Information about the workshops and how they went about doing this piece of writing end the sufficiently large book.
"Story Sprouts" would be of special interest to writing groups, workshops, and classes. It would make a great supplemental addition for use in a group environment. It's like a textbook for writers in a sense which makes it valuable for group instruction or sharing. If you're involved in such a setting you may want to get a copy to see what I'm talking about. This book may be just the thing to fire up your writing group to do some great writing.
Get a few copies to give to writing enthusiasts as gifts. This is the sort of book that writers will refer to often.