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...
Winners of the 12th Annual Poetry Contest
If you missed our April 2013 general meeting, the names and poems of the winners of our 12th Annual Poetry Contest are now posted under Contest in Poetry.
May 2013 Meeting
"Writers will finally understand the concept of book promotion for fiction, nonfiction and children's books," Said Ms. Fry. "I will explain what the "author's platform is and show how to successfully build one. Book promotion is, of course, absolutely necessary but it doesn't have to be painful. If you find the marketing aspect of authorship distasteful or if you simply don't know where to start, attend this program with an open mind, and you will leave with "tools and resources Š in order to succeed in the fiercely competitive business of publishing."
For writers who want to get published, this is a must-attend presentation. Patricia promises the promotion activities she will discuss fit right within a comfort zone. For would-be or soon-to-be published authors, the topic couldn't be better.
She is executive director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network), a 16-year-old online networking organization and resource center for anyone involved in or interested in publishing. While she still writes every day, even if it is just a post for her daily publishing blog (www.matilijapress.com/publishingblog), Ms. Fry also works with other authors on their book projects as an editor and/or consultant.
A frequent speaker within the publishing community, Patricia has presented workshops, keynote speeches and other presentations before writers' groups and at writers' conferences in over a dozen states and at many venues throughout California.
May Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
May 14, 2013 7 P.M.
Pleasant Valley Senior Center
1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, CA
Topic: Book Marketing for the Reluctant Fiction and Nonfiction Author
Open to Members and nonmembers. No fee
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March 2013 Meeting Speaker
Poet Perie Longo Will Discuss Mixing and Matching Prose and Poetry at the VCWC March 12 Meeting
Opening speaker will be author Susan Hart Hellman on using real locations in novels
(Ventura, CA - January 31, 2013) Perie Longo will discuss how prose and poetry mix, match, and part company at the March 12 meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club. Ms. Longo, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2007-09), is considered one of the area's most acclaimed poets.
Poet Longo has been helping others communicate through this genre in her professional life as a marriage and family therapist as well as in her poetry workshops, her teaching, and her volunteer work
About prose poems, in the first issue of "The Prose Poem: An International Journal," editor Peter Johnson says: "Just as black humor straddles the fine line between comedy and tragedy, so the prose poem plants one foot in prose, the other in poetry, both heels resting precariously on banana peels."
Ms. Longo believes "that there is no easy explanation or convention," for the prose poem "but we'll slip around how the two genres feed each other and all writing" at the March VCWC meeting.
Ms. Longo has written three books of poetry: "The Privacy of Wind," "Milking the Earth," and "With Nothing Behind but Sky: A Journey through Grief." Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies such as "Atlantic Review, " "California Quarterly," "Connecticut Review," "International Poetry Review," "Nimrod," "The Paterson Literary Review," "Prairie Schooner," "Passage," "Rattle," "Solo Novo," and "Wisconsin Review." She has received two Pushcart prize nominations for her poetry: from "Rattle" in 2002 and "Solo Novo" in 2012. She has been featured on the Charles Osgood radio show as well as The Huffington Post.
Ms. Longo has taught at UCLA, Santa Barbara's Antioch University, Santa Barbara City College and the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference, where she has led the poetry workshops since 1985. She is the poet-in-residence at many local schools in California. She teaches poetry privately and leads a two-day summer workshop in Santa Barbara ever year.
She conducts poetry and writing workshops for agencies such as Hospice and the Cancer Center and has been active in the National Association for Poetry Therapy for several years. Her focus is helping others find their voices through writing. Last year for her dedication she received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Association of Women in Communication. With such an illustrious background, she will no doubt help some of us find our voices at the next VCWC meeting.
The opening speaker will be Ojai Valley author Susan Hart Hellman, on using locations and behavioral psychology to choose the best real locations for novels. When she started writing her murder mystery series with "Catch 'n Release: The Game," she knew she needed several select local venues for certain significant scenes, as those locations would also essentially serve as "characters." Hellman turned to her past behavioral psychology career to find techniques for determining these ideal locations. As opening speaker at the March 12 VCWC meeting, she will discuss these techniques and why they work.
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