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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...

April 2014 Meeting


Joyce La Mers Tribute and 2014 Poetry Contest Winners

The April 2014 guest speaker will be poet and contest judge, Phil Taggert. He will present a brief tribute to Joyce La Mers. Shelba Robison and Lee Wade are working to make the evening special for the contest winners and to honor Joyce’s memory.

The contest winners will read their poems and each will share a brief bio, including what motivated him or her to write the poem. Some of Joyce’s poetry will also be featured.

Refreshments will be served at the Winner’s Reception immediately after the meeting.

The Play's The Thing

The One-Act Play-writing competition of the Elite Theatre Company in Channel Islands Harbor opened on March 1, 2014 and will close on June 30. The annual competition culminates in a One-Act Festival in January. Tom Eubanks, for ten years the Elite’s Artistic Director, was  a VCWC member (1988-1994). He served VCWC as president, first vice-president, and helped start a novel workshop. Of the theater’s play contest he says, “I look forward to receiving [VCWC] members’ scripts in the near future.”

Now in its 21st year, Elite Theatre Company is one of a few Ventura theaters that feature new works from North American playwrights. For the last six years, a previously unproduced and unpublished work has been included in their Main Stage season.

Submissions are also open for full-length plays for the 2015 World Premier. This year’s World Premier, The Art of Something, follows two other Eubanks plays at ETC and two one-acts at other Ventura County theaters.

The Art of Something opens April 25 and runs through June 1. At the milestone age of 50, Arthur Jones, L.A. private eye, writer, painter, husband and father, is suffering the early stages of a mid-life crisis, a failing 29-year marriage, and agoraphobia: he sees the time left to reach his dream squandered by his profession that sinks him intimately into the lives of his clients. “Abnormal” is “normal” in the life of Arthur Jones.

The regular general admission ticket price is $18. Prices are $15 for seniors and students; military, $12. The theater is at 2731 S. Victoria Ave, Oxnard. For more information, go to


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March 2014 Speaker

Unfortunately, Jeff Lyons, our March speaker, had to cancel. If you are a member who attended the event, please let Lee Wade know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will be happy to send you a copy of his e-book, A Storygeeks E-Book: The 7-Step Process for Busting Writer's Block.


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Editor to Present “Book Publishing 1-2-3”

A class designed to empower and inspire writers of all levels — as well as readers and book lovers in general — will be held on April 28 at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (4360 E. Main, Ventura.  Contact Laurie Gibson at at (858) 635-1233 or

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Comedy Round Table Monologue Writing

An 8-step course, "The Master Course in Monologue Writing" is now available through the Round Table - Comedy Writers Room.  The program is only $350 and registrations are currently being accepted. To take advantage of this rare opportunity, sign up at  Questions, call 818-865-7833 or email

Self-Published Book Awards

Writer's Digest is hosting their 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards.  Early Bird Deadline is April 1, 2014.  Check on their website HERE for more details.

Poetry Outloud Event

A recitation contest for young poets, open to students from grade 3 to 8, throughout the region, will take place Wednesday evening, April 2 at the Camarillo Library.  Onsite registration begins at 6:00 pm. The event starts at 6:30 pm and will last until about 8:00 pm. For more information contact Laurie Vanoni, the library’s Youth Services manager at 805-383-5686 or Lvanoni @

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PIPW Workshops

Check out the latest workshops from Pacific Institute for Professional Writing


Lopopolo Literary Workshops

Enjoy a variety of workshops with Toni Lopopolo throughout Ventura County. For additional information, please email or call Toni at (215) 353-1151. She also has ooVoo workshops via webcam.