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"What the Editor Sees -
Why The First Three Pages of Your Novel Are Crucial"

Author and workshop leader Sherwood Smith held a special workshop focusing on those first crucial pages. What makes editors read past the first page--the first paragraph? Using the workshop attendees as part of the process, we look in depth at how the reader sees our text, and discuss strategies to gain reader investment. GLAWS Members! Bring your first 5 pages - Ms. Smith will offer a live critique of selected manuscripts!

If you are serious about your writing, you can't afford to miss this special educational event! Admission is free and open to all writers. The Guest of Honor dinner afterwards is open only to GLAWS members in good standing.

Saturday, February 18th, 2:30 pm

Palms-Rancho Park Library
Ray Bradbury Room, Second Floor

2920 Overland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064
FREE. Come early for best seating.

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Sherwood Smith has participated in and organized writing groups (both on- and off-line) for many years. Smith's works include the YA novel Crown Duel. Smith also collaborated with Dave Trowbridge in writing the Exordium series and with Andre Norton in writing two of the books in the Solar Queen universe.

In 2001 her short story "Mom and Dad at the Home Front" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

Moreover, her children's books have made it on many library Best Books lists, and Wren's War was an Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor book and a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award finalist.

bookSmith began making books out of taped paper towels when she was five years old. When she was 8, she started writing about another world, Sartorias-deles, though she soon switched to making comic books of her stories, which she found to be easier. Although she first tried to send out her novels when she was 13, nothing sold. However, some of the novels Smith first wrote as a teen, including Wren to the Rescue were sold after she learned to rewrite.

bookIn the years it took her to learn to rewrite, Smith "went to college, lived in Europe, came back to get [her] masters in History, worked in Hollywood, got married, started a family and became a teacher." In 2010 she became a member of Book View Cafe. Smith currently resides in California.


The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for writers of all disciplines to meet and discuss the craft and the business of writing. GLAWS accomplishes this through monthly meetings, discussion forums, critique groups, special writer appearances, conferences, and other events conducted for the purpose of educating and mentoring writers of all levels of expertise. GLAWS Special Speaker Events are open to the public, and a great venue to meet other writers and expand your expertise.


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