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...
VCWC's Poetry Contest is Now Closed
Our annual poetry contest has ended. Best of luck to all who have submitted.
February 2017 Meeting
Are you trying to understand the modern publishing business? Or perhaps make a personal contact with a local publishing company?
Our multi-talented Valentine’s Day featured speaker, Robert J. Peterson, will be able to help. Bob is the Publisher and Owner of California Coldblood Books, An Imprint of Rare Bird Books. He plans to speak on his experience in the publishing industry and what he looks for in prospective manuscripts.
His company, California Coldblood Books, was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to the genres of science-fiction, fantasy and speculative writing. Many writers are not quite sure what the term speculative fiction includes, but it has been described as a world beyond reality where the rules of the universe have been altered just a bit. You may not consider yourself as a writer of science-fiction, fantasy or horror, but you may actually be an author of speculative fiction.
Bob graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has written for newspapers and websites all over the country, including the Marin Independent Journal, PerformInk, Space.com, the Telluride (Colo.) Daily Planet, Gridiron Goddess, CC2K and Geekscape.net. He is the author of seven novels, including the post-apocalyptic action-comedy The Odds, and the YA sci-fi thriller Omegaball. Bob is also a web developer.
He is a co-founder of the pop-culture emporium CC2K, which has been described as the nexus of pop-culture fandom. CC2K offers geeks of all stripe an array of portals into pop-culture fandom, providing commentary on TV shows, books, music, comics, games, and podcasts. He's appeared as a pop-culture guru on the web talk shows Comics on Comics, The Fanboy Scoop, Collider Heroes, Screen Junkies TVFights, and Fandom Planet.
Do something you LOVE on Valentine’s Day! Grab a friend and come to the VCWC monthly meeting. I promise you will learn something new!
Support Our Website Project!
Ventura County Writers is working with a consultant to update our website from its current "user-hostile" platform to a more modern and easy-to-use platform that will support our mission to encourage the craft. We're asking our members and friends to donate to this effort, and are offering two special raffles:
· We will draw four winners among those donating $20: a VCWC book bag, two writing books, and a VCWC pen.
· We will draw one winner among our $50 donors. This lucky winner will receive: a free VCWC membership for 2018, a $75 gift certificate, a book of writing prompts, and a VCWC book bag and pen.
You can donate at the meeting or mail a check or money order to:Ventura County Writers Club, c/o Website Project, P.O. Box 3373, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359
You can also use the donate button below to donate via paypal:
January 2017 Meeting
The celebration of our 17th Annual Short Story Contest is upon us. We are excited that so many of you, our members, along with non-members and high school students, entered your short stories in the contest. There have been many different genres of writing entered this year. Some made our judges laugh to the point of tears and other made them cry in sadness and pain. We had many excellent short stories submitted.
When you write with an emotional intent, it brings the reader into the folds of your story. This defines a mood and leaves a lasting impression of your written work on the reader. It takes courage to enter writing contests, share your stories, and show an intimate side of your soul. We appreciate your time and efforts in getting the stories submitted via Submittables.
Be sure to come out and celebrate our short story contest on January 10, 2017 at the Pleasant Valley Sr. Center at the corner of Carmen and Burnley, Camarillo, CA 93010.