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Next Meeting, Sat, January 28th, 2-4 pm

cmedgarSet The Scene 

Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a 90,000-word novel, the essential element is The Scene. At our January 28th meeting Camille Minichino will offer tips for writing a compelling scene, then show how to build upon that to create a full manuscript.

Although her own main focus has been on mystery novels, the techniques she’ll demonstrate are applicable to all forms of writing and no one would know that better than Minichino (aka Margaret Grace,  Ada Madison, and Jean Flowers).    

A retired physicist, she followed up her first book (on nuclear waste management), with the creation of twenty five cozy mystery novels that have been published, in 4 different series.

She’s also written many short stories and articles on the craft of writing.  

She teaches and writing workshops around the Bay Area, as well as science at Golden Gate University in SF.

The meeting is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite your friends, from 2-4 PM, at DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, in Fremont.       

 Visit Camille at www.minichino.com 


The meeting is free and open to the public, from 2-4 PM, at DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, in Fremont.  

 For more information, call 510 565-0619

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers

President’s Message


Shirley  Ferrante copy Brrr…. When I awoke this morning, it was 56 degrees in my house. I hope you are all staying warm and enjoying this gloriously colorful and hectic holiday season. It’s a time for us to connect with family and old friends.

Thank you, Bob and Kathy Garfinkle, for hosting the Holiday party of Fremont Area Writers. How many does this make that you have hosted? I had a lovely time and missed the members who could not attend.

I have a request for FAW members. To continue the Book Review section on the FAW website, http://cwc-fremontareawriters.org, you need to submit reviews of books you have read. The submission only needs to be 75 words in length. It’s an opportunity to practice your writing skills and share a book you enjoyed. Please send your reviews to Knuti VanHoven, knuti.sings@gmail.com.

Good news from Art Carey FAW’s DeVry University facility liaison. Art received the OK for FAW to meet at DeVry for the January 28th and February 25th meetings. For your convenience, parking is also available in the back parking lot behind Room 115 where we will meet. Thank you, Art.

The speaker at the FAW meeting, Saturday, January 28th, will be Camille Minichino. You can visit Camille at www.minichino.com .

Shirley Ferrante, FAW President

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers

kudos-nice work

Three members of Fremont Area Writers have won recognition in writing contests sponsored by the San Mateo County Fair.

Dave Strom took first place in Digital Media Audiobook with The Malevolent Mystery Meat.

Tish Davidson won second place in the Genre Novel First Chapter for the first chapter of her second book,Dogonne Hot: A Nan Heitman Mystery. The prize includes publication in the anthology Carry the Light and coaching worth $150 with Beth Barany, developmental editor.

Cherilyn Jose, FAW treasurer, took second place in a Best Blog Contest for her entry, “My Manta Ray Encounter.” Her blog will also appear in the anthology.

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers


An Open Mic for writers to read their work is held from 7-9 p.m. at Suju’s Coffee and Tea, 3620 Thornton Ave., in Fremont, on the fourth Monday of the month.

Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the 1,700-member California Writers Club. To find out more, log on to www.cwc-fremontareawriters.org or contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639.