Upcoming Events and Meetings

For 2017: Regularly Scheduled Events:


All regular monthly meetings are held at 2PM on the fourth Saturday of the month

at DeVry College, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont CA.

Speakers are often willing to do book signings after the meeting.


On the Fourth Monday of Every Month: Open Mic at Suju’s,

7 to 9PM , corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator.   

Authors read their own material.


Almost Every Tuesday: Jay Swartz’s Writers Rendevous, Inquire at meetings


Hi everyone!  Items on this list is subject to change

until we re-post them under “Past Events”.



March 25
th Meeting

Keynote Event:  FAW Writers’ Panel |Fields Questions at March Meeting 

Topic:  Got a Question about Writing?  We’ve Got Answers!  

A panel of published authors with specialties including Technical, Religious, Medical, Fiction, Mysteries, Poetry
and Screenwriting, will answer whatever questions are drawn by moderator Evelyn LaTorre. .   

This promises to be a spirited and informative exchange!

If you want your question included, it must be submitted in advance to Moderator Evelyn LaTorre (elatorre@aol.com).

Panelists include authors Carol Hall, Bob Garfinkle, Tish Davidson, Nancy Curteman and Tony Pino.


March 27th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



April 22nd Meeting

Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Dean

JeffreyDean-CWC Fremont SpeakerTopic:  Grab and Keep the Reader’s Interest.

You have something to say.  It’s entertaining, informative, life changing, or all three. 
Even so, you know, from personal experience, that your message, no matter how important,
will be ignored or just “brushed over” unless you can grab the reader’s interest, then keep it.



Professor of English Jeffrey Dean has dealt with this problem with literally thousands of aspiring writers and he’s coming to the Fremont Area Writers to share his insights and approaches with us.

 


April 24th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



May 13th
Saturday  FAW Book Signing at Round Table Pizza,  10:00 – 4:00 pm  

 Authors will do readings from, sell and sign their books.  Genres include children’s, religious, historical fiction, native plant lore, mystery, poetry, and more!  Open to the public and absolutely free admission!  Jan Small, Organizer  37480 Fremont Blvd., Centerville District of Fremont 

 



May 27
th Saturday Meeting 

Keynote Speaker: Rick Acker 


Fremont California Writers club speaker Rick AckerTopic:  
Author Law 101: A brief overview of copyright, libel, trademark, and other topics that writers regularly have questions about. 

Rick Acker was a very popular presenter in 2013. 
We have so many members who missed this that I’ve requested a reprise.  

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  http://www.rickacker.com/  

 


May 22nd  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



June 24
th Meeting  (pending date confirmation)

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!

 


June 26th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



July FAW Picnic!

 


July 24th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



August 26th Meeting    

Keynote Speaker: Shelley Bates (Adina)

Topic:  

 


August 28th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



September 23
rd Meeting         

Keynote Speaker: David Kiehn

Topic:  “Cross-Continental Sleuthing for Hometown History”  Or  “How I researched my book on Essanay Studios”

David Kiehn has spent most of his life working in film-related jobs. But it wasn’t until he made a remarkable discovery – and was featured on “60 Minutes” – that he gained national attention.  

For years, Kiehn knew about a 12-minute silent film, shot in San Francisco from a cable car and dated to 1905, but Kiehn suspected otherwise.  Through meticulous detective work, he proved that “Market Street” was in fact shot four days before the great earthquake of April 18, 1906.

Suddenly, the film took on a haunting poignancy: We now look at the San Francisco newsboys, carriage jockeys and women in elaborate hats, and know that earth-shatttering disaster awaits.  But “A Trip Down Market Street” wasn’t Kiehn’s only research coup. He’s identified several lost films and assembled the long-forgotten history of a silent film star in his 2003 book, “Broncho Billy and the Essanay Film Company.”

How does he do it?  He’ll give us a look into the methods he employs in this fascinating research.

 


September 25th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator


October 23rd  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



October 28
th Meeting   pending

Keynote Speaker

Topic:  TBA



November 25th Meeting  

Keynote Speaker: Margaret Lucke 

Topic:  “How to Make a Living as a Professional Writer”

 


November 27th  7 to 9PM Writers’ Open Mic at Suju’s Coffee conference room, corner of Thornton & Moraine, Fremont, Anthony Pino, moderator



December 2nd, Saturday  FAW Book Signing at Alameda County Library,
Fremont Main.

1:00 – 4:00 pm   Authors will do readings from, sell and sign their books.  Genres include children’s, religious, historical fiction, native plant lore, mystery, poetry, and more!  Open to the public and absolutely free admission! Jan Small, Organizer,  2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont



December
FAW Christmas Party