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...
It's Here -- VCWC's Poetry Contest is Now Open
Poets, start your writing. Our poetry contest has opened.
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.
Now that we have your attention... The Anthology Committee is now taking submissions.
November 2016 Meeting
Celebration and Inspiration
By Lee Wade
“Season’s Greetings” will show up in print ads, on store windows and greeting cards for the next couple of months. The ubiquitous platitude covers a multitude of civil, cultural, and religious holidays from November 1 to January 1. Our calendars are clotted with gatherings of family and friends. It is a season full of inspiration and rich in diverse traditions.
In keeping with the season, VCWC will present an open mic session, “Inspiration and Celebration,” on November 8 for the last meeting of 2016. Celebrations mark significant moments throughout the year, so any celebration is fair game. Anniversaries, birthdays, bar mitzvahs and baby showers; football and baseball and soccer wins; first day of school, first tooth lost, first fish caught; Flag Day, Memorial Day, the fourth of July; paying off the mortgage or the student loan; and of course, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and ringing in the New Year.
Fictional depictions of celebrations are definitely welcome. The famous fictional “’Twas the night before Christmas” has become a very real part of keeping Christmas for some of us. If you’ve got a captivating celebration scene or moment of inspiration from a novel or short story or poem, come and share.
Season’s Greetings. Happy Holidays. Happy New Year.