Club marks 85 years of poignant prose, poetry

The Ventura County Writers Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary. Founded in 1933 by authors in Ojai, the club has thrived over the years.

Writers of all genres and abilities are welcome. The next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 11 at the Pleasant Valley Park and Recreation Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo.

The club hosts monthly speakers that include agents, publishers, editors and others in the writing and publishing industry.

The organization, a not-for-profit run by volunteers, also holds contests and critique groups and publishes a bi-annual anthology.

Club membership is usually 100 to 200 with monthly attendance between 25 to 60 people.

The club supports writers who self-publish as well as authors writing personal memoirs for their families.

The guest speaker will be Mark Sarvas, a novelist, book reviewer and blogger.

He is the host of the literary blog The Elegant Variation and author of the novels “Harry, Revised” and “Memento Park.”

“Harry, Revised” was a finalist for the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association’s 2008 Fiction Award and a Denver Post 2008 Good Read.

Sarvas teaches advanced novel-writing in the UCLA Extension Writers Program and is an MFA candidate at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

“Anyone who is interested is invited to join us,” says incoming club president Rhonda Noda. “We will also have readings by club members who have recently published. There is no charge for nonmembers to drop in and join us for the celebration.”

The cost for new members is $45 for the first year and $40 for annual renewals.

For more information, call Sheli Ellsworth at (805) 300-1365.

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