Ojai Writers’ Conference features Distinguished Master Writing Teachers from Los Angeles and Elsewhere
E.E. King – Thursday, June 28 “Tweet Your Poems” – Using Social Media to Broadcast Your Poems Across the Planet
When a day, a weekend or even a week just wasn’t enough time to showcase its roster of distinguished writing experts or the wealth of literary talent in the Ojai area, the Annual Ojai Writers’ Conference decided to devote an entire month to offering writing workshops.
Ojai Summer Writers Workshops kicks off Friday June 1 and runs through Saturday June 30. Ojai will host Master Writing Teachers from some of the nation’s most esteemed writing programs as well as shine the spotlight on local literary talent.
Prize-winning Los Angeles author and teacher, E.E. King (Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends) Improvisation teacher, Comedian, Biologist and Artist, E.E King will teach you how to look for the extra in the ordinary using improvisation techniques. She will help you distill the unique into tweetable poems to draw readers to you.
“We’re thrilled to host some of the best writing teachers on the planet” says Sequoia Hamilton, founder and Ojai resident, “Our uncompromising commitment to showcasing quality teachers is what makes our writing conference and workshops distinct.”
“The locations all over the valley, the select writing experts and the varied festivities were intentionally chosen to provide a quaint, unhurried and rich experience for local and visiting writers,” says Hamilton “and the attendance will be limited to keep the workshops intimate and engaging.”
Workshops range from $99 – $499 or attendees can purchase an all-access month pass for $1,499. Topics offered ranged from Memoir to Screenwriting to Business aspects of Writing. Authors and writers of all skill level are invited to attend.
“June in Ojai will be 30 days of cultural decadence,” adds Hamilton, “We’ll offer professional writing workshops and an eclectic mix of literary events such as Open Mic Poetry Jams, Well Red – a ‘Writers & Wine’ pairing, and a ‘Book Tea’ benefiting the Ojai Library. Writers can also enjoy The Music Festival, The Wine Festival, The Lavender Festival and other vibrant community events. There’s no other place on earth I’d rather be in June than in my own hometown of Ojai.”
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Live at the ANNUAL AUTHORS FORUM with CONNIE MARTINSON Guest Authors:
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library
11820 San Vicente Boulevard
In a late celebration of National Library Week, the Friends of the Library will host the annual Authors Forum with Connie Martinson, well-known TV and columnist book critic.
Connie will interview and discuss with the authors their books:
Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends
Where It Began by Ann Redisch-Stampler,
The Little Russian by Susan Sherman, and
Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me by Fred Weintraub.
Please join us! Admission is free. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.
For more information, call 310-472-0163 .
“Book Tea” to Benefit Ojai City Library and Recognize
Outstanding Volunteerism in Literary Arts, Saturday June 23
(Ojai, CA – May 21, 2012) Anyone who loves books and believes in libraries is invited to attend a festive Tea to benefit the Ojai Library on Saturday, June 23 from 10 to 11:30 am. “Book Tea” will raise funds for the library and honor four writers whose passion for the written word has spurred them on to incredible acts of volunteerism. The Tea will take place at The Well, 214 W. Aliso St. in Ojai.
“The Ojai Library is grateful for the support,” said Mary Lynch, city librarian. “Our book budget was cut by 65% this fiscal year so any donations will go to buy new books.”
During the Tea, awards for “Outstanding Volunteerism in Literary Arts” will be presented to Connie Martinson of the cable television show “Talks Books”; Kate Sexton president of Ventura Country Writers Club; and Doc and Zoe Murdock volunteer writing teachers.
Los Angeles-based Connie Martinson will be honored for her 30+ years of dedication to promoting public libraries and for interviewing authors about their books on her cable television “Talks Books.” She recently gifted the Claremont Graduate University nearly 3,000 videos amassed since the show debuted in 1979. Interviews and exchanges include George Plimpton, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Rosa Parks, Walter Mosley, Al Gore and many more. Known for her eye for up-and-comers, more than a decade ago she chatted up a young Chicagoan named Barack Obama about his memoir “Dreams From My Father.”
“These individuals are literary gems,” stated Sequoia Hamilton, founder of the Ojai Writers Conference, which hosts the awards. “They give passionately and tirelessly in support of literary arts in Southern California and libraries. It’s our privilege to recognize these distinguished writers and support our local Library.”
Tickets are $30 each and include a buffet of lavender-infused scones, organic fruit, honey and jams from local Ojai growers and Zhena’s Gypsy Teas. Organization and businesses are encouraged to sponsor a table, which seats six. Sponsored tables are $250.
The event will be followed by an afternoon of literary lectures, panel discussions and writing sessions. Cost to attend all of the events during the 1-day Ojai Writers Conference, 10 am-6 pm, is $149. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit: www.OjaiWritersConference.com/booktea