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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...

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July 2016 Meeting

How to Write What You Know: Researching, Writing and Marketing the Non-fiction Book” will be the topic when Martin Cooper takes the podium on July 12 at the Ventura County Writers Club meeting. Cooper is the only person to have reported personally to Walt Disney and to Hugh Heffner. He was marketing manager for Disney and later held the same position for Playboy. In the sixties, he lived in New York and worked for the second largest marketing firm in the United States. For ten years, he was in charge of all public relations and communications for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and the Oscars. Currently he owns Cooper Communications, a PR firm in Encino; teaches conflict management for businesses at UCLA; and is a featured speaker for a variety of businesses and organizations.

He promises to mix a bit of humor with his road-tested wisdom. For every writer of non-fiction and fiction alike, who has ever found it challenging—even befuddling—to follow the dictum, “write what you know,” Cooper offers practicable relief.

The author of four non-fiction books, Cooper said that in writing each one, he started with what he knew, but didn’t end there. His latest book, Read all about it! The Valley Times 1946-1970 was honored in February, 2016 with the inaugural San Fernando Valley Award for Non-fiction by the Oviatt Library, California State University Northridge (CSUN). According to Mark Stover, Ph.D., Dean of the Oviatt Library, “Martin Cooper has created a marvelous book that will bring back memories for some of us and open up new vistas for others. His book spans an eventful 25 years… It portrays a San Fernando Valley that demographically, technologically, and culturally looks very different than the Valley of today.” Stover praised the “readable style and striking photographs” that made Read All About It! the unanimous choice for the historic award.

Well-known in the Valley for his volunteerism and community service, Cooper is chairman of the board for Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley. He is donating all his sales profits to that non-profit organization for books ordered ($25 plus $5 tax and shipping) through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (818) 789-5454. The book is also available online from Amazon.com, but no portion of those sales will benefit the Club. Cooper’s success in marketing and public relations makes him the perfect advisor for what to do after the writing’s done. Come, laugh a little, and learn a lot when Marty Cooper encourages us all to write with authenticity and authority. Join us at 7 p.m. on July 12.

June 2016 Meeting

Suit up and Show up--

By Lee Wade

            Some of the best advice I ever received came from a friend devastated by the sudden death of her husband and her own diagnosis of breast cancer. She often attended our business meetings with tears in her eyes and on her cheeks. When asked why she came, she responded that the greatest requirement for success in anything was to “suit up and show up.”

            For most of us, “suit up and show up” doesn’t involve the kind of life shocks my friend faced. We just need to suit up and show up at the keyboard or the conference or as a volunteer. On June 14, we’ll hear from some of our members who did just that.

For me, or not for me… If you’ve ever wondered what to expect at a writers conference or how to behave when you get there, or if you should go at all, former VCWC 2nd Vice President, Carol Fogel’s insight and first-hand report of her trip to this year’s San Francisco Writers Conference may answer some questions.

Fresh Ink Phillip Brown’s Fresh Ink presentation showcases his latest work, Light Runner. In this YA fantasy, desperate for the truth about the death of her mother and the mysterious disappearance of her father, Dara finds herself on a path to her destiny. Brown says, “The story shows how each of us can have his own hero’s journey. From pain, hurt and a wounded heart comes power.” This premier novel is available on Amazon and has achieved a solid five-star ranking with independent reviewers. Reviews from young adults to senior citizens tag the work a page-turner. Phil will have copies of Light Runner for purchase, and his pen at the ready to autograph them. www.philipbrownauthor.com

Spotlight Multi-lingual poet Carmen Moog is excited to be a winner in the 8th Annual Ventura Art Tales Contest. The annual contest drew more than one hundred contestants ranging in age from kindergarten to over 80. Sponsored by the City of Ventura, the competition invites authors to take their inspiration for their poems and short fiction from artworks from the Ventura Municipal Art Collection. The pieces on loan to the E.P. Foster library were chosen to commemorate the city’s 150th anniversary.

Contestants translated what they saw into words—in Carmen’s case, words in two languages. Carmen writes as eloquently in Spanish as she does in English. Her poem, Arrived at My Door/llegaste a mi puerta received 2nd place in the over-18 age category. More information on the Art Tales Contest is available at www.arttales.com

            Come, refresh your mind, broaden your perspective and celebrate the artisans and the process and practice of creative writing on June 14 at 7:00 p.m.

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