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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...

Poetry Contest Opens January 1

Sharpen your pencils and your wits, admire nature and nurture your muse – it’s time to get your poet groove on.  Our poetry contest opened on January 1. Please note that second and third place winners from 2017 are now eligible for this contest.

Take me to the rules page – I need to know the guidelines

Onward to Submittable – I’m ready now


January 2018 Meeting


 Featuring Local Authors: 

Sheila Lowe/Forensic Handwriting Expert

 David Keith/Former Oxnard Police Officer

About the Panelists

Sheila Lowe is a British-born award-winning novelist and handwriting examiner who, after writing numerous non-fiction books, monographs, handwriting analyzer software and a self-study course, began a second career as a mystery writer. Like her character Claudia Rose, Sheila is a real-life handwriting expert who testifies in forensic cases. She began studying handwriting in 1964 as a senior in high school. Her Master of Science in Psychology helps put her conclusions about handwriting into a solid framework of personality. In addition to the Claudia Rose Forensic Handwriting mystery series, Sheila is the author of Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous, and the best-selling The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis. Her analyses of celebrity hand writings have appeared in Time, Teen People, the Los Angeles Times, and Mademoiselle, among many others. Her award-winning Handwriting Analyzer software is used around the world.


Sheila has lived in the United States since she was a young teen. She resides in Southern California with Lexie, the Very Bad (sometimes Evil) Cat.


David G. Keith knows cops. He worked with the Oxnard Police Department for more than a quarter century as a spokesman and community affairs manager, publicly handling high profile cases, including more than 200 homicides. That inside experience provided the idea and inspiration for his first novel – a murder mystery unfolding in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Written by an author with a highly unique perspective, Icy Betrayal takes readers on a trip full of twists and turns, with the flawed but charismatic Investigator Jack Keller leading a cast of colorful characters.

David Keith lives in Southern California where he and his wife Giselle raised their three children. He published the second Jack Keller book, Hard Landing, in early 2017.


November 2017 Meeting



Judith Mathison/1st VP of Programming

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, November 12, 11AM-3PM – Camarillo Library’s Local Authors Fair. VCWC will be sharing a table with the library – stop by and say hello!

November 14 – Attend our regularly scheduled meeting. Check out the line-up, which will include a few surprises:

Ø  Justin Formanek, Adult Services Librarian for the Camarillo Library, will fill us in on plans for upcoming events for writers and readers.

Ø  Four short PEN talks (five minutes each) are scheduled on subjects as varied as Enneagrams, The Story Arc, Public Speaking Tips for Writers, and Internet Safety.

Ø  Be prepared! Open Mic/Opening Act is back. Several of our brave members will step up to the mic and share their poems and other writings with us. These are limited to one page (double spaced) and do not include politics, religion, or things of a sexual nature. The more humor, the better.

Ø  Holiday Bazaar – In the back of our meeting room, we’ll have tables of books for sale for intrepid holiday shoppers. If you have a published book, bring in a few copies and price them to sell. Maybe you’ll have some leftovers from the Local Authors Fair, or perhaps you have a couple extra in your garage or the trunk of your car … share.

We’re also hard at work planning our January 9, 2018 meeting. Two local crime/mystery writers will participate on the “It’s a Crime” Panel. Sheila Lowe, forensic handwriting analyst, author of the Claudia Rose mystery series, and David Keith, former Public Information Officer for the Oxnard Police Department, author of the veteran homicide investigator Jack Keller series, have interesting tales of how they started writing and publishing their books. We have a tentative venue change for this meeting and will notify everyone in advance.

January 15 also ushers in the start of our annual Poetry Contest – more details at the January meeting. In the meantime, as the late local poet, Jackson Wheeler, said in his Ars Poetica, “All hail the poetic arts, and the art of poetry; and to the knowledge at the heart of it all: Words bear witness.”

Remember, there’s no December meeting. See you all in November! 

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