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...
March 2014 Speaker
Seven Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, Jeff Lyons to tell howWould you like to know how to cut your story development time in half? How to write characters that ring true? How to discover the right, true and natural structure of your story?
Words of wisdom from those who have attended previous Jeff Lyon’s presentations: “Come prepared to listen closely and take notes fast.” VCWC welcomes back Jeff Lyons on March 11.
In his first visit, a couple of years ago, Jeff helped us understand the essence of characterization through the Enneagram system. In this visit, Jeff will be exploring with us the steps vital to becoming a master storyteller. “Few writers are good at both writing and storytelling (remember, writing and storytelling are two different skills)...” says Jeff.
He should know. He’s seen a lot of stories. Jeff has over 25 years of experience as a freelance script doctor, story development consultant and screenwriter, and 20-plus years using the Enneagram system of character trait identification in training writers and business leaders. He is the story editor for Kensington Entertainment in Burbank where he directs slate development for indie feature films and scripted and reality TV projects. He is the founder of Storygeeks.com, a professional services company that offers story consulting, training and editorial services to writers.
Wedding his experience in story development to his Enneagram work with both writers and business leaders, Jeff’s created The Rapid Story Development tm Methodology. It offers a guided approach to story structure from premise line to final chapter while speeding up the process without sacrificing story quality or creative vision. Novelist, scriptwriters and nonfiction authors alike can use the roadmap.
In addition to steering us onto the path for better storytelling, Jeff will offer some block busting wisdom—writer’s block, that is. He says he doesn’t believe there really is any such thing but for the rest of us who struggle with the notion, he’s written The 7 Step Process for Busting Writer’s Block. The e-book will be his gift to those who attend.
A contributor to several industry publications including Writers Digest Magazine and The Writer, one of the oldest writing magazines in the U.S., his popular column “Story Talk” appears in Script Magazine. Jeff has also worked as developmental editor and story consultant for on-line publishers including iUniverse, Createspace and Author Solutions. He’s an instructor through Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio and a guest lecturer at the UCLA Extension Writers Program in story structure and story development. He holds craft- of-writing seminars at various writing venues in the U.S. including The Writer’s Connection (Santa Monica) and The Write Store (Burbank). Jeff is also a regular presenter at The Great American Pitch Fest, the London Screenwriter’s Festival and The International Enneagram Association Conference and other industry events. His film Billy Miske is in pre-production in the U.K.
Anatomy of a Premise Line: 7 Steps to Foolproof Premise and Story Development and Rapid Story Development: 7 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller are to be published in 2014.
Jeff Lyons delivers.
February 2014 Speaker
At the February 2014 VCWC meeting, our speaker Paul Salamoff will discuss his trade in the entertainment industry, as well as provide a few tricks to add to visitors' writer toolbox. A veteran of several creative fields, Salamoff has experience that can help authors in many genres.
It's hard to pin down Salamoff to one particular career. An veteran of more than twenty years in the industry, he has found success as a writer, producer, film executive, comic book creator, author, and originally as a special F/X make-up artist.
Born in Natick, MA, he was raised on a healthy diet of horror and sci-fi from the age of five. After high school, he moved to California to attend film school at USC. Salamoff transformed his passion for genre filmmaking into a successful run as a professional special F/X make-up artist. In his years doing FX, he worked on more than forty films, ten television series, and numerous commercials.
His Film and TV writing credits include The Dead Hate The Living, The St. Francisville Experiment and Alien Siege. He was recently hired to write the high-budget film Sinbad: Rogue Of Mars for Morningside Entertainment. He is also author of two non-fiction books: On The Set: The Hidden Rules of Movie Making Etiquette and The Complete DVD Book: Design, Production and Marketing.
As a comic creator, Salamoff is the writer of a number of comic series including the wildly popular Vincent Price Presents, Roger Corman Presents Black Scorpion, Puppy Power: Bo Obama, and the critically acclaimed Logan's Run: Last Day and Logan's Run: Aftermath, both written with William F. Nolan.
In 2005, Salamoff became Vice President of Production for David Lancaster Productions, working on Wes Craven's The Breed and Hollow Man 2. After a successful merge with BOLD Films, he became their Vice President of Production and worked on such films as Legion, Bobby, and Starship Troopers: Marauder. After leaving Bold, he accepted the position of President of Production for Rat Bastard Productions working on the festival darling, Down For Life.
Having been involved with The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for more than twelve years, he produced the 22nd, 23rd, 33rd, 34th and 35th Saturn Awards. Salamoff has also produced video game TV/web development videos and trailers for G-Net Media. Working on such high-profile projects as The Adventures Of Tintin, Bulletstorm, Mafia 2, Mass Effect 2, Gears Of War 2, and Dead Space.
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