The Ventura County Writers Club was founded in 1933 by four writers in the Ojai, California area. Since then the club has grown to more than 150 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. In these meetings persons prominent in all areas and genres of the literary field speak on sources for ideas, enhancing creativity, and getting your work published. Click here for Membership Information...
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July 2016 Meeting
“How to Write What You Know: Researching, Writing and Marketing the Non-fiction Book” will be the topic when Martin Cooper takes the podium on July 12 at the Ventura County Writers Club meeting. Cooper is the only person to have reported personally to Walt Disney and to Hugh Heffner. He was marketing manager for Disney and later held the same position for Playboy. In the sixties, he lived in New York and worked for the second largest marketing firm in the United States. For ten years, he was in charge of all public relations and communications for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Oscars. Currently he owns Cooper Communications, a PR firm in Encino; teaches conflict management for businesses at UCLA; and is a featured speaker for a variety of businesses and organizations.
He promises to mix a bit of humor with his road-tested wisdom. For every writer of non-fiction and fiction alike, who has ever found it challenging—even befuddling—to follow the dictum, “write what you know,” Cooper offers practicable relief.
The author of four non-fiction books, Cooper said that in writing each one, he started with what he knew, but didn’t end there. His latest book, Read all about it! The Valley Times 1946-1970 was honored in February, 2016 with the inaugural San Fernando Valley Award for Non-fiction by the Oviatt Library, California State University Northridge (CSUN). According to Mark Stover, Ph.D., Dean of the Oviatt Library, “Martin Cooper has created a marvelous book that will bring back memories for some of us and open up new vistas for others. His book spans an eventful 25 years… It portrays a San Fernando Valley that demographically, technologically, and culturally looks very different than the Valley of today.” Stover praised the “readable style and striking photographs” that made Read All About It! the unanimous choice for the historic award.