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...
Our annual Poetry Contest will open on January 1, 2015. The link to the submission manager website, Submittable, can be found under Contests in Poetry at the top menu. The contest will close on February 15 at midnight PST!
November 2014 Speaker
Multi-talented VCWC member, Carol Roullard will speak on non-fiction publishing.
Author, photographer, artist, and winner of the Thousand Oaks Art Association Member Show, November 2012 and February 2013, Carol and her husband, co-author Dr. Brian Matsumotowill release their seventh non-fiction book in early 2015. The Unofficial Quintessential Guide to the Panasonic GH4 will be published by Rocky Nook. It follows six other non-fiction books.
On November 11, Roullard will deliver a peek into the world of non-fiction writing; why consider it, how to choose what to write, the structure of a non-fiction book, and finding a publisher. She says, “There is more opportunity in getting published with non-fiction than … fiction—and it is lucrative.” Roullard will also share what she says with a wry smile, are “lessons learned.”
Bitten by the photography bug in high school, where she experimented with black and white artistic compositions, Roullard has parlayed her early artistic interest into a career in photographic fine art. Roullard’s exquisite photographs of crystals taken through the microscope are creating buzz in the arts community while garnering awards and recognition. Her micro-crystal abstract fine art photographs have been displayed at Linus Galleries in Los Angeles, Darkroom Gallery in Vermont, Art Fusions Gallery in Miami, Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, both Gallery 113 and Faulkner West Gallery in Santa Barbara and the Galleria De Marchi in Bologna, Italy.
As she honed her photographic skills Roullard’s subjects have ranged from sweeping natural vistas to urban architectural scenes to her current micro-crystal abstracts. Capturing such diverse images requires a variety of photographic tools. They run the gamut from point-and-shoot to state-of-the art complex professional cameras. Prior to writing about the technology and art of photography, Roullard filled pages with marketing campaign materials, detailed training and design documents. Writing about the tools and art of photography seemed a natural fit.
“Writing for the non-fiction marketplace isn’t hard or scary,” she says, but it has to be accurate. And it shouldn’t be dry. Use all your writing skills, just like in fiction, to put life into what you write.” Roullard hopes to inspire others to reach for success in non-fiction.
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery International Juried Show, Oct. 2014
Short Story Contest Has Closed
Our annual Short Story Contest has closed. Best of luck to all who entered!
October 2014 Speaker
On October 14, 2014, our program director Lee Wade will present, “A Handful of Story: Substance and Structure in Storytelling.”
Lee will help us examine the basic principles, elements and structure of storytelling. “An all-too-simplistic description of a story is that it has a beginning, middle and an end,” Wade says. “A good story is much more than a chronological recitation of events. It is the deft weaving of basic elements into new matter. The only way to ensure the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is to know what the parts are and how to connect them.”
Lee will demonstrate the elements of story by using excerpts from a variety of sources. Story arc, voice, and point of view will be discussed in detail.
Attendees will come away from this interactive evening with an easy-to-remember, count-on-your-fingers list of ten basic story elements, and will be able to combine them in an actual story for impact, depth and texture. Each attendee will receive a handout and a free book of instructions.
Lee is the 2006 VCWC short story contest winner, a past VCWC short story contest judge, VCWC anthology associate editor, 2010 and 2012 VCWC president, and the owner of DreamLight Press. As a volunteer in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, she has taught basic story writing skills for over eight years.