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WORDS AND IMAGES : Writers Reach Out to Each Other : They come together at seminars and workshops to share their expertise.

June 24, 1993|FRANCES HALPERN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Literary toilers in this community reach out to each other through groups like Pen Women, Simi Valley Poets, Ventura County Writers, Society of Children's Book Writers and Gold Coast Fiction Writers. They sponsor seminars and workshops where authors, editors and agents share their expertise and experience in an attempt to help aspiring writers learn their craft and find their way through the publishing maze. To begin or continue publishing pursuits, consider attending Rosanne Falcone's Scene and Sequel workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at New America Savings Bank in Camarillo. Sponsored by Gold Coast Fiction Writers, the seminar will focus on story and character based on Dwight Swain's book "Techniques of the Selling Writer." Reservations are necessary. Call 498-0968 or 482-0543.

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Poets Vision, conceived and directed by Richard Gotch Robinson, will present a reading of Shelley's "Wild West Wind" as part of the Poetry Classics With Music series. The event is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Performance Studio, 34 N. Palm, Ventura. Tickets are $4. Call 643-5701 for details.

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Anyone who reads or writes mysteries should come out to meet members of Sisters-in-Crime, Marsha Landreth, Cynthia Lawrence, Joyce Madison and Serita Stevens, who will sign their latest novels at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Waldenbooks, Oaks Mall, 564 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

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Gar Anthony Haywood will read from and sign his new novel "You Can Die Trying" at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mysteries To Die For, 2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

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Authors Carol Brightman and Kevin McCarthy of "Writing Dangerously," the biography of Mary McCarthy, will reminisce about her career at 2 p.m. Monday on Michael Silverblatt's Bookworm, KCRU, Oxnard, 89.9 FM.

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The Ray D. Prueter Library and the Friends of the Library received an award of $5,000 for new children's books. The money comes from a state sponsored program called "Grandparents and Books," which encourages local senior citizens to read to, or be read to, by children in the community. Grandparent volunteers are asked to spend just two hours a week on a one-to-one basis with a child. Call Diane Lai at 486-5460 for details.

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Verve Magazine is soliciting manuscripts for the fall 1993 issue. Submit poetry and short fiction up to 1,000 words using the theme "Close Encounters" by Aug. 15 to P.O. Box 3205, Simi Valley, CA 93093. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for guidelines or $3.50 for a single copy of the magazine.

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It's summer and there is no reason to have the children complain about "nothing to do." Check out Susan Applewood Cann's "Santa Barbara with Kids!" which also includes lots of fascinating things to do with youngsters in Ventura County.

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