Past Events

June 24th Meeting  2-4 p.m

Keynote Speaker ,Mark Coker of  SMASHWORDS          

Topic: The Whys, Hows and Trends of Indie Publishing in 2017

This is an historic FOURTH return appearance at Fremont Area Writers, and for good reason! 
For those of you who are new to Fremont Area Writers, Mark Coker and the concept of “indie publishing”,
let us fill you in.

Back in 2005, Mark Coker and his wife co-wrote “Boob Tube”, a novel about the wacky world of TV soap operas. Their dream was to see “Boob Tube” at Barnes & Noble.  
Instead, but the publishers turned them down because previous soap opera-themed novels had sold poorly.

 Mark began to imagine the hundreds of thousands of other writers whose dreams of publication were crushed because traditional publishers have huge production and distribution overheads and can’t accept books they don’t see as likely moneymakers.

He decided the future of books was threatened by this focus on potential profit, and the inherent high costs of producing, publishing and distributing print booksBut what if there was an e-book self-publishing platform to make it fast, easy and free to publish an ebook?

This was the genesis behind Smashwords and the creation of a global publishing platform that can take a chance on every author, at no cost or risk to the author!

Mark’s goal was to give every writer in the world, whether it was the budding novelist or the grandma who wanted her family to have access to her favorite recipes, the freedom and opportunity to publish, and to give readers the freedom to decide what was worth reading.

They launched Smashwords in 2008, and today they help authors publish and distribute over 200,000 titles. 

Mark has also written two more books: the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free), the Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook) and The 10-Minute PR Checklist (helps entrepreneurs and business managers think more strategically about public relations. It’s not written for authors, though some authors find it valuable.)

Is “indie publishing” the best route for you?

Come find out at this inspirational meeting!

May 27th Meeting  


Keynote Speaker: Rick Acker

Fremont California Writers club speaker Rick AckerRick Acker was a very popular presenter with Author Law 101 in 2013 .  We have so many members who missed this important information that we’ve requested a reprise.

2PM Short membership meeting

2:30 PM Rick Acker on:  Author Law 101: A brief overview of copyright, libel, trademark, and other topics that writers regularly have questions about. 

3:30 PM  Rick will continue with  Author Law 102: An explanation of key terms in publishing contracts. ” I generally compare and contrast a traditional publishing contract and the analogous agreement for an indie platform like Smashwords or Createspace. “

Rick is a Christian Legal Suspense author and a lawyer. who writes novels during his commute to and from his “real job” as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice.  He’s led investigations and lawsuits that made headlines in and out of California. Most recently, he and his team won a string record-breaking judgments and settlements against the Wall Street players who created the toxic mortgage securities that triggered the Great Recession.

His familiarity with corporate fraud lawsuits make his book, When the Devil Whistles, what award-winning author Colleen Coble describes as “a legal thriller you won’t want to miss!”

 You can learn more about him at his unusually good website


FAW Writers’ Panel Fields Questions

Got a question about writing?  We’ve got answers! 

At the Fremont Area Writers’ monthly meeting, Saturday, March 25th, a panel of FAW’s published authors with specialties including technical, religious and medical writing,  and fiction, mysteries, poetry and screenwriting will answer questions posed by moderator Evelyn LaTorre.

Panelists include authors Carol Lee Hall, Robert Garfinkle, Tish Davidson, Nancy Curteman & Anthony Pino.  For more information on the individual panelists, please see the FAW website at  Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the 2,00 member California Writers Club.

FAW teen writers winners photo-2017

The results are in on FAW’s 2016-2017 STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST.
The topic was “My Life as a High School Student.  The contest was  coordinated by  Liz Breshears, who asked 10th graders:

What is it like to be a teenager in 2016?

In a world with cellphones, homework, feelings, and experiences, what’s important to you?
Is high school what you expected? 
A student’s life is real life. What do you want to tell others about yours?
Do these questions interest you?

Every year FAW holds this essay competition for 10th graders in the Tri-City region.  This year, entries could be fiction or nonfiction, no more than 500 words, and had to be submitted by October 25, 2016. There was no entry fee.

Everyone was delighted with the quality of entries.  At our January meeting, presentations were made

Prizes went to Divya Prakash who won a big round of applause and $100 for first place. Asma Farhana won $50 and second place.  Vyoma Raman won third place and $25.

All three winners attend American High School.

Certificates for the highest rated essays from each participating school were awarded. Winning students and their parents were invited to the awards ceremony at the January 28, 2017 FAW meeting.

Congratulations ladies, for a job well done!

Saturday, February 25th

Whose Head Am I In, Anyway?
How to Master the Fine Art of Point of View

Margaret Lucke, Author

On Saturday, February 25th, Fremont Area Writers will host author Margaret Lucke who will discuss writing fiction with a clear Point of View.

Point of View (POV) is the vantage point from which readers observe what happens in your story.  Are we in a character’s head?  The author’s?  Everyone’s at once?

The POV you choose affects every word you put on the page and shapes how readers respond to the story.  When you use POV effectively, you greatly increase your work’s appeal to editors and readers. 

Our speaker, Margaret Lucke has been “flinging words around” for most of her life as a writer, writing coach and editor.    Author of  numerous short stories and her novel “House of WhispersLucke promises an experience that is fun and informal as well as enlightening.

For more information on Margaret Lucke, go to       ​

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.       

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