Winners of the 2nd Annual Memoir Contest Honored
“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.”
― Thomas M. Cirignano, The Constant Outsider
The memoir is a genre which brings past vignettes back to life with startling, and usually poetic, clarity. Everyone has a story to tell; crafting it into a piece that readers can feel the sting of sweat in their eyes, the soft touch of a first kiss, or the thrill of success in achieving a goal is what makes writing memoirs a craft.
On September 13, Ventura County Writers Club honored the winners of our second annual Memoir Contest as part of the club's general meeting. Winners in attendence read their pieces to an attentive crowd. Our third-place winner, Wesley Ginther, was a long-time volunteer to the club and responsible for many of the graphic enhancements that are still found in our club newsletter today. Wesley now lives in Missouri, but remains a club member.
Many of the club's membership are currently writing memoirs, and this new addition to listing of contests fits in well with our constituency. Congratulations to all our winners, and we hope that their stories will inspire others to share their own life lessons in prose form.
First Place: Barbie's Dream House by Carol Malone
Second Place: Baker by Robb Geweniger
Third Place: The Catch by Wesley Ginther
L to R: Carol Malone and Robb Geweniger
Apple Daisies by Rob Loewe
Three Short Mean Men by Saxon Sitka
Momma Didn't Raise No Hero by Christian Spangenberg
L to R: Rob Loewe and Chris Spangenberg
Our new club President, Louisa Angeli, with our contest winners