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...
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.
January 2014 Meeting
For its inaugural meeting for 2014 on January 14, the Ventura County Writers Club will honor the winners of its 14th Annual Short Story Contest -- a potential good omen for any finalist whose lucky number is 14. This meeting serves as a special announcement for the finalists for our adult and high school categories and the club’s membership. Winners will read their entries, and a reception will follow.
Cash prizes will be awarded at the meeting: $500 to first place; $250 to second place; and $125 to third place for the adult category. Winners of the high school category will be awarded: $100 for first place; $75 to second place; and $50 to third place.
The Short Story Contest, along with its sister contest for poetry, is one of the cornerstones of the Ventura County Writers Club programming and services for writers. The contest is open to all writers, including those outside of the county. Each year, the January meeting is a community celebration for winners, along with their family and friends, and club members.
All winners will be announced to the public in the Ventura County Star later in January. Along with the cash prizes, the winning story will be printed in the newspaper and all winning stories will be posted online at VCStar.com as well as the club’s website after the public announcement.
Lastly, all winners will be published in the upcoming 2014 Ventura County Writers Club anthology, along with winners from the 13th annual contest along with a selection of pieces from the club membership.
Shelba Robison, contest chair, enthused about the entries. “The short story is said to be the most difficult narrative form. A successful story must be a polished pearl which reflects the world around it in a concise well-crafted way. The Ventura County Writer’s Club is grateful that a love of the short story persists both within its membership and, judging by the number of entries from across the United States, nationally as well. We salute all the entrants for taking the risk of sharing their work and secondly for engaging the judge’s imagination.” Shelba is currently serving as the poetry contest chair and will reprise her role as short story contest chair in Fall 2014.
Bernie Barnes, the VCWC president, expressed his gratitude for those who help make the contest possible. “We are grateful to the ongoing support of the Ventura County Star by judging the finalists and publishing the winning story. I want to thank Shelba Robison for her service as the contest chair and her promise to continue the fine service Ventura County Writers Club provides.”
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