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The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop at the November Ventura County Writers Club Founders

25 October 2013
The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop Lead by Poet Cathryn Andresen to Take Over VCWC November Meeting
Wrights write right now — go home with a poem!
(Ventura, CA – October 10, 2013) In preparation for its upcoming Poetry Contest, which opens in January 2014, the Ventura County Writers Club will host the “Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop” led by area poet and club member Cathryn Andresen. The evening will engage attendees to write right on the spot and get their creative juices flowing over the holidays prior to the contest. The meeting takes place Tuesday, November 12 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo.

This will be a fun, fast, interactive workshop covering:

  • A quick start with instant, easy forms
  • Inspiration and ignoring the dreaded block
  • A poetic device or few
  • Online tools
  • Don’t do this – tips on what is not a poem
  • How to edit your poem and be glad you did
  • Reference material that can keep you writing
  • Where to join our county’s poets for poetry readings

“I want everyone to bring a notepad, pen and verve,” Andresen said. “ By verve I mean the excitement of imagination such as animates a poet, artist or musician, in composing or performing; rapture; enthusiasm; spirit and energy. We have many poets in Ventura County and as members of the club. But other writers can benefit from the art of concise words painting brief images.”

Cathryn Andresen’s poetry reflects her interest in relationships between nouns – proper and common.  From time to time, her poetry wins an award, appears in print, or is an invited guest at readings.  Cathryn edited Quintessence – an Anthology (VCWC Press-2008), and has published her first chapbook, “human/Nature”.  She has hosted the PoemCrafters Guild workshop since its beginnings in 2005.  Home is a small ranch in Southern California.  She’ll tell you  “I live in a garden.”  Cathryn has been featured at Moonday, Moorpark College, Friday’s Saturday Night, Tuesday Night Poets, and has accepted invitations to read at numerous poetry, school and organization events.

She recently built and launched a web site that invites an on-line community of poets and writers to submit work for publication on the site and compete in the site’s prompt-inspired contests.  Visit:

The opening speaker is a young poet, Rachel Phillips who recently published a chapbook.

November Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
November 12, 2013
Pleasant Valley Senior Center
1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, CA
Topic: The Inkslingers Interactive Poetry Workshop Lead by Poet Cathryn Andresen
Open to all; no fee

For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit:

About Ventura County Writers Club

Since its formation in 1933 in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 175 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing. Monthly meetings are open to all interested writers and are held the second Tuesday of each month (except December).


Ventura County Writers’ Weekend, November 3 & 4

24 October 2012



Two-day event in Camarillo will cover the craft and business of writing

(Ventura, CA September 6, 2012) A literary event for writers wishing to learn more about the craft and business of writing, will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 3&4 at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo. The Ventura County Book & Author Fair will morph into the VC Writers Weekend featuring speakers and educational seminars. The event is produced by the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing (PIPW) and co-sponsored by the Ventura County Writers Club (VCWC), Ojai Writers Conference, Global Writing Adventures, and the Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN).

“We are very excited to produce this educational event in Camarillo,” said Kate Sexton, Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Professional Writing. “Last year the Book & Author Fair was well received. Afterwards, we discovered that people were very big on our educational offerings, wanting more of them, and not so much for the Book Expo. This year we’re mining PIPW’s core principles and offering professional advise for writers. We have already secured two top west coast literary agents, a leading book editor, and memoirist to lead seminars.”

Saturday’s theme will be “The Business of Writing,” covering book marketing, social networking for authors, self-publishing, small independent presses and an agents panel discussing the current desires of publishers.      

Sunday’s theme is “The Craft of Writing,” with sessions on memoir, writing for stage and television, writing for women and the necessary elements a book needs to get published. Some sessions will be two-hours long and others 90-minutes. There will be a fee for all sessions. People can purchase per session, per day or two-day pass.
The website, will launch September 15th with full sessions and speakers. Other regional writing groups are welcome to co-sponsor the event and should contact Ms. Sexton at 805-633-1506 or for more details.
To learn more about PIPW visit

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