Ojai WordFest encourages literary activities in the Ojai Valley. Ojai WordFest assumes no liability for individual events.
to the first-ever Ojai WordFest, a celebration of words, ideas, and stories unfolding in the magnificent Ojai Valley.
Ojai is home to an incredible diversity of creative people, and many of them write. Ojai WordFest was designed to introduce these writers to each other, to the Ojai community, and to the world at large. In addition, we hope to provide a vehicle for those who wish to write, or to improve their writing skills, to benefit from this expertise.
Ojai WordFest runs for nine days, and each one is full of opportunities for literary exploration. We hope you will sample these offerings widely. Whether you are a published author, an aspiring writer, or someone who is interested in the things that our talented Ojai writers have written about, Ojai WordFest has something for you! Thank you for your interest in Ojai WordFest, and we look forward to seeing you around town. Bret Bradigan Ojai Quarterly, Publisher
Ojai Writers Conference, Founder & Global Writing Adventures, Owner
Roberta Raye Made in Ojai, Owner
Special thanks to our fiscal sponsor Ojai Valley Library Friends & Foundation.
Ojai WordFest Salutes: Local Literary Gems
Our inaugural Ojai WordFest is proud to honor three Ojai authors who not only stand out in their respective fields, they represent the kind of diversity that our valley is home to. David Allen Productivity guru David Allen’s book Getting Things Done is so well loved by project managers and other business professionals that it has become an acronym. The GTD system for managing the
many “open loops” that busy people create, is used by many successful individuals and businesses in our valley to manage their multifaceted lives. Byron Katie Personal development teacher and founder of The Work, Byron Katie’s approach to “problems” has been enhancing lives and saving relationships across the world. A recent transplant to Ojai, she is perfectly suited to our Californian passion for individual growth and awakening. Jacqueline Winspear Award-winning mystery novelist Jacqueline Winspear weaves spiritual sensitivity and efficiency into her beloved Maisie Dobbs
character. Winspear is the quintessential artist, working every single day to hone her craft, spinning tales rich in authentic detail and subtle nuance that draw you in and keep you spellbound to the end. We invite you to join us in reading a book by each of these inspiring local authors during the month of March which we have proclaimed Ojai Reads Ojai month. Allow us to recommend: Getting Things Done by David Allen; Tiger Tiger, Is It True? (a children’s book for all ages) or Loving What Is by Byron Katie; and Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. The books are available at the Ojai Library, thanks to generous donations from the authors and publishers; and are available for purchase at Made In Ojai and other bookstores.
Thank You ...
Ojai WordFest co-founders woud especially like to thank (in no particular order) Brenda Spandrio, Claire Hosterman, Karly Young, Leslie Cabarga at www.lesliecabarga.com (thank you, Leslie, our logo is beautiful!), Ryan White, Wendy Powell, Ben Powell, Sky Hamilton Texier, Frances McGinley, Thomas Hardy, Bruce Becker, Yvonne Puth, Evergreen Herricks, Kate Sexton, Kathy Walker, Amy Dozier, Gwendolyn Alley, Diane at Soul Centered, Ulrich at the Ojai Retreat, Motherpod Productions, Inc., Kathy Hartley at the Lavender Inn, Chris and Deb at Theater 150, the member artists of Made In Ojai, the merchants of Matilija Street, Ojai Valley Libary Friends & Foundation, Ojai Community Bank, Los Caporales, the Ojai Library, Ojai Printing, the City of Ojai, the Mayor of Ojai, the Ojai City Council, The Ojai Chamber of Commerce, The Ojai Visitors Bureau, and everyone who has put together an event for this insane and wonderful nine days!
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FAQs What is Ojai WordFest? A new literary festival of words, ideas, and stories—an extravaganza of individuallyhosted events around Ojai. What are the Dates? Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 27, 2011 (Yes, nine days!) What is the Festival’s Mission? To introduce Ojai to the world as a literary destination; To nurture aspiring writers as well as inspire seasoned authors to further develop their craft; and To celebrate the wealth of literary talent in the Ojai area.
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Who Should Attend? Anyone who loves reading and/or writing! What Are the Costs? Most events are FREE. Some have costs. For more details, visit OjaiWordFest.com Who Can Host an Event? Ojai WordFest encourages literary activities in the Ojai Valley. Ojai WordFest assumes no liability for individual events.
OJAI WRITERS CONFERENCE PRESENTS
MARCH 19-27, 2011 OJAI, CALIFORNIA
THE MOST ORIGINAL THING A WRITER CAN DO IS WRITE
LIKE HIMSELF. IT IS ALSO HIS MOST DIFFICULT TASK. Robertson Davies
Reserve Your Seat! Join internationally distinguished writing experts for world-class writing intensives to explore, discover and develop the art, craft and business of being a writer.
Master Teachers include: ❂ Everybody Loves Raymond former Co-Executive Producer ❂ Hollywood’s #1 Script Consultant ❂ “Kid Lit” Market Specialist ❂ Endowment for the Arts AwardWinning Playwright ❂ New York Times Best-Seller List Expert ❂ Entertainment Law Attorney ❂ And More! Dubbed the “WriteFest “ of WordFest,” writers can immerse themselves in their craft by day and enjoy numerous WordFest literary festivities by night.
Master Teachers. Master Classes. For Serious Writers of All Levels.
SEATS ARE LIMITED (805) 669-7373
Festival Highlights Since Ojai WordFest is a new festival, workshops and events are being added up until the very last minute. The best place for information is our website, OjaiWordFest.com. We did, however, want to point out a few of the highlights for you.
Street Book Fair Saturday 3/19 on East Matilija Street, 10am til 4pm We start the nine days out with a street fair. We’re closing down a portion of East Matilija Street and filling it with authors, artists, activities and fun for all ages. Meet Fluffy the Dragon in person! Starting at noon, we will have a main stage filled with speakers, poets, music and more. FREE Master Classes for Writers Saturday 3/19, Sunday 3/20 and Fri-Sun 3/25-27 Writers—beginning to advanced—will have the rare opportunity to learn from interntionally distinguished writing experts, “masters” of their craft. More than 15 professsional writing classes are on offer. Presented by Ojai Writers Conference, writers can choose from:
• Full and Half-day Writing Classes – $49-$299 • VIP “Stage & Screen” Writers Weekend, March 25-27, $499.
Dubbed ‘The WriteFest of WordFest,” writers can immerse themselves in writing classes by day and enjoy numerous literary events at night. SEATS LIMITED. For details or to register, visit OjaiWritersConference.com
Special thanks to Motherpod Productions, Inc. for making this program possible. motherpod.com
Ojai WordFest Fundraiser: Byron Katie and The Work Thursday 3/24 at The Center for The Work, 7-9pm Experience “The Work” for yourself with this special evening with Byron Katie. All proceeds will go to support Ojai WordFest. Tickets are only $49 and available by cash or check at Soul Centered or Made In Ojai or online by credit card at OjaiWordFest.com.
Ojai WordFest Gala Luncheon Sunday 3/27 at The Ranch House Join Ojai treasures David Allen, Byron Katie, and Jacqueline Winspear to honor their literary achievements. The limited seating, exclusive luncheon will be held at The Ranch House—a favorite among the lights of the literary and entertainment world and a Food Network “top pick in the nation.” $50 & $75. Tickets (payable by cash or check) available at Soul Centered or Made In Ojai; (by credit card) online at OjaiWordFest.com.
A Lesson In Secrets: Book Release Party Saturday 3/19 at Theater 150, 8pm Join Jacqueline Winspear in celebrating the release of her latest Maisie Dobbs mystery, three days BEFORE it hits the stands. Hear Jackie read from the new book, and have her sign one just for you; dance to the music Maisie would have listened to, and enjoy some sweet treats. Each guest will receive an autographed copy of the hardcover book. $35. Tickets available at Made In Ojai.
Downtown Lit Crawl Friday 3/25 in Downtown Ojai, 6pm - Late Downtown Ojai will be jumping with Ojai authors, performers, musicians, poets, artists… pick up a map and stroll from restaurant to gallery to pub to shop and sample the WordFest delights. Most events are FREE; some events have costs. Highlights include WordFeast at Feast Bistro from 6-8pm and Well Red — a collective “toast” to area authors who have written new works (novels, poems, screenplays, etc.)—at Los Coporales from 8-10pm. Ojai 5 Saturday 3/26, Theater 150, All-Day Pass, Performance 8pm. A theatrical marathon, 5 writers will have just 5 hours to write 5 short plays which will then be given to 5 directors and 5 pairs of actors to rehearse for just 5 hours. All 5 new works will be performed that night for yes, just $5! An allday backstage pass is available for $30: be part of the fun, and enjoy all the coffee you can drink! Poetry Night presents “A Sense of Place” Monday 3/21 at Theater 150, 6:30pm Open Mic at 6:30pm, followed by poetry performance at 7pm. Tree Bernstein serves as MC, alongside featured poets Akka B., Polly Bee, Mary Natwick, Robert Peake and Todd Griese, with musical introduction by John Aaron. Theater 150. FREE WordPlay—Games & Screening Wednesday 3/23 at Theater 150, 4-6pm; 7:30 pm
Join us for an informal, fun-filled word game afternoon, and come back for a screening of the Will Shortz movie WordPlay. Suggested donation is $7. High Tea with Jacqueline Winspear Sunday 3/20 at the Lavender Inn, 4pm Join Jackie for a “cuppa” and informal discussion of how she brings her Maisie Dobbs character to life. Tea catered by Andi Bloom of Tottenham Court. Tickets $25 at Made In Ojai. WordSalad Ojai Sunday 3/20 at The Village Jester, 7pm WordSalad LA host Lora Cain brings her signature format to Ojai. Come hear Ojai WordFest’s three co-founders and other Ojai authors read personal narratives on the spring theme of Blossoming. FREE
Daily & Weeklong Events:
Start your mornings off with Breakfast With Books— an informal meet up of book lovers at various venues around Ojai. a Or begin your day with a personal writing retreat along with a healthy breakfast ($10) at the Ojai Retreat. a Monday through Friday, visit the Krishnamurti Exhibit at Chaparral Auditorium in downtown Ojai—a fascinating glimpse into the mind of one of Ojai’s most influential denizens. a The Ojai Library is hosting several readings and workshops for kids and adults. For details visit ovlff.com.
At the Book Fair ...
Meet poet akka b. Purchase her artwork, poem cards, and new poetry CD. Laughing Sickness, A Medical Mystery by Anne Black Gray Artful Living: Create and Enjoy Art Books. Classes, supplies and more. RoRo Artworks features cards by local artists. See us on Facebook. Angels are Watching by JD Berger. Homicide in Ventura County The Bubble, regional feature & literary magazine, formerly: Ojai Bubble R. Elise DePuydt – Guide to the Art, History and Architecture of Ojai Joan Englander is author of Joy in the Evening of Our Lives. Suza Francina, author of four Yoga books and an Ojai Memoir. Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers/Books by Patricia Fry. Gandy Dancer Press: Todd Griese gandydancerpressonline.com Aviva Gold, Painting from the Source: Awakening The Artist’s Soul In Everyone. The Ojai – Pink Moment Promises Author: Patricia Hartmann. Stephen Huyler: author & photog 6 books about India stephenhuyler.com Stop by the booth of Iconoclassics Publishing to meet Leslie Carbarga Join Ignite Creative Learning Studio for word play fun and books! Put a little theatre in your life. Volunteer-Audition-Play www.gaijones.com Wildflowers and Weeds: A collection of poems exploring nature’s duality Learning style Specialists for school and life success. Meet Ojai Author Kim Lumsden. Ancestors Wake –A great mystery! Of Daughters and Grasshoppers Menides Mother Daughter Poetry Mary Natwick Poetry Books and accompanying Woodcuts Oldenberg: How The Quail Earned His Top Knot A lesson in sharing Best-selling Author & Mega-Publisher Dan Poynter. Class1pm-4pm, $99
Paris Writers Retreat Sept 22-30, GlobalWritingAdventures.com Award-winning author of Becoming Alice, A Memoir, Alice Rene Meet the mother-daughter team behind the Roam Hiking Guide. Larry Scott Poetry Books and accompanying Book Art Woodcuts Charlene Spretnak and her books: www.charlenespretnak.com Edward D. Webster: A Year of Sundays. www.edwardwebster.com Jason Womack speaks internationally on Workplace Performance. Jodi Womack says “Snooty Ladies Not Allowed” NoMoreNylons.com
For the most current info on Ojai WordFest visit us online www.OjaiWordFest.com
â€œWhy nine days? Why not just one or two?â€? Yeah, that probably would have made more sense. Unless you know Ojai. There is so much here. There are so many talented people, so much enthusiasm and energy, so much to contribute, and we wanted everyone to have a chance to take part. Sure it would have been more sensible to do something smaller, but it wouldnâ€™t have been as much fun. For the latest, most up-to-date details on events, visit us at:
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POLISH YOUR PITCH! Learn how to PITCH your idea, story or script. Then practice with panel of Hollywood experts!
Community Workshops: So You Want to be a Food Writer?
❁ BUILDING IMAGINARY WORLDS: For Writers of Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Children’s Books, etc. ❁ POLISH YOUR PITCH: Learn How to Pitch Your Idea, Story or Script with Panel of Industry Experts ❁ ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY ADVICE ❁ AND MANY MORE WRITING CLASSES!
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Sunday, March 20
2-5pm Theater 150 $99 SEATS LIMITED - EXPECTED TO SELL OUT.
(805) 669-7373 www.OjaiWritersConference.com
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Sunday, March 20
MONDAY, MARCH 21
Monday, March 21
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
Did you know that The Ventura County Writers Club was started in Ojai in 1933?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Tiger,Tiger Is it True? with BYRON KATIE AT LIBRARY
Coffee Shop Talk with Jodi Womack
At the library:
Story Time 10:30
Pat Fry at the Library Susan Hart Helman at Casa Baranca
James Owen at the Library
Fountains and Sculptures of OJAI Elise Depuydt
Wordless Muse - Aviva Gold
Open Mic At Bartâ€™s Books Hosted by Poet Georgia Menides, Mother & Friends 6pm to 7:30pm
at Theater 150
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Tuesday, March 22
TUESDAY, MARCH 21
Wednesday, March 23
Special thanks to Motherpod Productions, Inc. for printing support. motherpod.com
Message in a Bottle
FUNDRAISER FOR WORDFEST
AT THE CENTER FOR THE WORK
at Soul Centered
Downtown Ojai will be jumping with Ojai authors, performers, poets, musicians, artists… pick up a map and stroll from restaurant to gallery, to pub, to shop and sample the delights!
Downtown OJAI 6PM-til-LATE Lit Crawl
SPONSORED BY VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB:
ALL AUTHORS WITH NEW WORKS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! WELL RED T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE
James Owen Marilyn Miller
Ojai Improv Group
And More. Inter-Generational Acting Workshop
at Soul Centered
Ojai WordFest encourages Literary Activities in the Ojai Valley. Ojai WordFest assumes no liability for individual events
LOS CAPORALES - OUTSIDE PATIO 307 EAST OJAI AVE
Please check OjaiWordFest.com for details
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Thursday, March 24
Ocean to Ojai:
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Join us at the Ranch House Restaurant to celebrate the Ojai WordFest
Writing Intensives for Beginning & Advanced Writers
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Saturday, March 26
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Ojai poet akka b. breathes humor, vulnerability, and wisdom into words she finds lying about; she then sews them together with childlike illustrations, photos, music and video. Her work has been recognized as transformative and heart opening by artists, writers, healers, moms, dads, children and executives around the world. See akka b. at the WordFest Poetry Jam on March 21st and at her booth during the Book Fair March 19th. Visit DrunkLoveHeart.com.
Join freelance writer, editor and publicist Susan Hart HellINSPIRED AGING, INSPIRED LIVING: Find joy when life man for two workshops, including wine tastings, at Casa seems dark. Joan Englander, author of Joy in the EveBarranca Tasting Room. Working With the Media, Making ning of Our Lives, workshop/retreat facilitator. Explore it Work for You: Getting Free Publicity for Your Writing. inner wisdom through the Healing Arts: poetry, music, Techniques for creating newsworthy opportunities; formulas for wisdom stories, simple circle dance. She has spent 30 editor-attracting publicity materials; secrets to talk show/interview years creating holistic, elder soulcare programs. In India and Israel, she studied healing practices and met Mother Teresa. Experi- success. Building Your Magazine Writing Career: Breaking In/Staying In. Strategies for finding highly marketable stories; writing “fail-proof” queries; and once ence Joan’s deeply inspired work at Ojai Library, March 23rd at 1:30pm. Donations welcome. Email jenglander@roadrunner or joanenglander.com. “in” with editors, staying in. Info, registration at susanharthellman.com.
In the dark about writing? We’ll help you find the light! Join The Write Alley Coaching and Writing Strategies Coach Gwendolyn Alley at WordFest March 24th Writing Workshops: Gwendolyn Alley and Danika Dinsmore lead Message in a Bottle: Ocean to Ojai, a whale-watching excursion with lunch at Old Creek Ranch Winery and more! March 19th Book Fair. At Well Red on March 25th, Gwendolyn will share and sign her new poetry collection Middle of the Night. thewritealley.com.
Join en theos press publisher Tod McCoy plus authors Danika Dinsmore, Gwendolyn Alley and Borbala Arvai at the Book Fair: 10 AM: Faerie Tea Social 11 AM: Writing Games 12 noon: Readings & Book Signings by Danika, Borbala & Gwendolyn 2 PM: Poetry Livingroom, an open mic hosted by Gwendolyn 3:15 PM: 3:15 Experiment Reading. www.entheospress.com
Ojai native Stephen Huyler is an author and photographer who has spent the past forty years documenting the cultures and arts of India with a particular focus upon women’s identity. His six highly-acclaimed books challenge the stereotype that writers do not make good photographers and vice versa. Huyler’s prose is lyrically informative, while his superb images provide rare insights into aspects of South Asia rarely viewed by outsiders. Check them out on stephenhuyler.com.
BoriDolls Creations™ “You name it... I felt it...!”™ Needle felted unique wool art dolls, toys, decoration, illustration and jewelry. Come and meet artist Borbala Arvai of BoriDolls, check out her new fairy creations and observe how she creates her dolls with the technique of needle felting. Get a signed copy of her Snow White book, illustrated with needle felted characters. Ask about custom felted creations. See more online at boridolls.etsy.com and facebook.com/BoriDolls.
Do you need a book editor or a publishing consultant? Contact Patricia Fry. She has been writing for publication for 35 years, is the author of 33 published books and is the executive director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network). Email Patricia at PLFry620@yahoo.com or visit patriciafry.com for more information.
Wildflowers and Weeds, A Collection of Poems (1980-2010) by Maxine Landis spans thirty years of scattered seed selections, themes of nature’s duality, learning, harvesting, traveling, teaching, politics, history and joys of living. “Poetry is life and Life is Poetry.” “Whether dwelling on a landscape, a grandchild, or the spirit of a fellow poet, Landis is that ideal witness with an evolved and generous heart.” —Aram Saroyan
Poets and Writers! Interested in writing speculative fiction? Have an idea for a young adult novel? Need a shot of creative adrenaline? Danika Dinsmore, author of Brigitta of the White Forest, is offering three Master Classes during WordFest’s Writer’s Conference: Building Imaginary Worlds, Opportunities in the Kid Lit Market and Poetry BootCamp. Register at ojaiwritersconference.wordpress.com. Join Gwendolyn for Message in a Bottle: Ocean to Ojai, a sensual writing adventure. Info at thewritealley.com.
Aviva Gold—Art Medicine Woman, artist, teacher, therapist—is author of Painting From the Source: Awakening The Artists Soul In Everyone and the 2011 sequel Source Art In The World: How Your Authentic Creativity Heals The Planet. Aviva has facilitated acclaimed PFTS process painting retreats for 25 years nationally, internationally and home in Ojai. She teaches that all authentic art coming from the heart opens the artist/writer and audience to revelation and healing—and her book and workshops provide a container in which this true magic spills forth.
Landis Potter’s new release A Pendulum to the Past tells the story of Ben, a security guard seriously wounded on duty and not expected to survive. The months pass, but Ben clings to life. He is subsequently used in an experiment that unexpectedly connects him to a past life and other surprising discoveries.