Welcome to FAW 2022!!!



It is time to renew your FAW membership, and this year you can do it by PayPal or Credit Cart.

This link will take you to our new Renewal Page.

Want to join FAW? You can also do it on-line, at our Join Us page. Fill out the form and then pay using PayPal or your credit card.

You can access the CWC Events Calendar using this link.  With Zoom, we can attend more meetings than before. Note that the old NorCal calendar is no more.

Our   November meeting, November 26, will feature Dana Dargos on her first book “Einstein in the Attic.” Details are below. Members will receive Zoom information the Tuesday or Wednesday before the meeting. Not a member? Contact Scott Davidson at scottfrombayside@yahoo.com for an invitation. Meetings are free on Zoom.


The November 2022 Ink Spots Newsletter is now available on the Newsletter Page.

You can submit your Shout Out to Ink Spots on the Newsletter page also, using a handy form. 

 The November President’s Message from Terry Tosh is now available. See below.

New!!! See all the Shelter in Place (SIP) notes here. Click on the one you want, or scroll down to see them in reverse order.

We are now up to SIP Note 54!!!

Send questions and comments about the FAW Website to Scott Davidson  

New!!!! See all our upcoming events on the FAW Calendar



Come to the Zoom Write-in, second Saturday of Each Month.

Our next is November 12.











Terry Tosh, FAW President

President’s Message  – November 2022

So unbelievable to realize that I’m penning this message (Ok, not literally penning, more like typing, but you catch my drift, right?) from a beautiful hilltop getaway, six days late for my official submission deadline…yes, me, Mr. Early Bird. No worm for me this month.

I stand, or rather sit, amazed that we are looking Thanksgiving in the face, with Christmas (yes, I said it) just around the bend. As you know, we have no meeting in December, so this will be my last President’s Message before the New Year. Yep, 2023, here we come.

It’s been a rollercoaster year of ups and downs, some of us are doing well, others are struggling, but for the most part, we are all surviving and growing in our various individual capacities.

Specifically, I want to take time here to thank poet, Rekha Ramani for her service to our branch as our Board Secretary. She stepped up, took on the task, and did a wonderful job for us. She sacrificed her family time even while being away, in order to help us get our minutes recorded as required for any nonprofit organization. Rekha, your efforts were and are greatly appreciated. Everyone, if you have the opportunity, please express your gratitude for her service. It’s always nice to receive a “thank you” for your hard work.

I also am thrilled to announce that our wonderfully talented member, Pat Doyne has graciously stepped up and offered to take on this crucial role for the remaining term, and we hope will be willing to keep her hat in the ring during the next election cycle in June 2023. Please, if you have the opportunity, thank Pat for her willingness to serve. We hope to have another gathering, at least virtually, for our annual

Holiday Party. Perhaps this would be a good time to try out some hybrid options for future consideration in an inperson environment.
I’ll work with Scott and share some simple options that were shared at our past meeting of the Presidents of CWC in midOctober. Any suggestions on time and potential venues, please contact me through the usual method. (You can go use our website to contact me at  cwcfremontareawriters.org and select the president’s link under CONTACT US.)

Please, everyone, give us your feedback on any topics or concerns you may have in any subject. Whether you have a complaint, suggestion or just a thought you’d like to share, we welcome challenges, helpful hints, ideasyou name it. We want this branch and all of you, our membership, to be successful and thrive. Thanks again, for all of your love and participation throughout this past 1/2 of our FAW year. We look forward to more growth and creative energy in the coming months.

Love and Thankfulness to all of you from me,

Your dedicated President,


Now Held Online



micWriter’s Salon
7-9 p.m.

new location!

Slap Face

Coffee and Tea

37324 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

 fourth Monday of the month.








Get Involved with FAW

Fremont Area Writers has lots of great volunteer opportunities! 

If you’d like to to make a positive contribution to these projects please, contact Sue Curtzwiler smcurtzwiler@comcast.net








Elevator-Speech-Polishing Event frequently

Frequently, visitors and new members get an opportunity to practice their 30-second “elevator speech”, introducing themselves and their projects. 

An elevator speech isn’t social chit chat or  a biography.  It’s a quick teaser to use at professional events, like conferences, where agents and publishers are looking for product to sell.  Each of them is looking for specific types of product that they have a market for.  If they don’t need what you have to sell, you need to move on and keep moving until you find your possible connections. 

Once you’ve each introduced yourself with your name and role (Author, Agent, Publisher) you have 30 seconds to let them know what you have to offer: Your book’s genre, target audience, plus a couple of interesting details  and what support you’re seeking.

IF that’s what they’re looking for, you exchange more information.  If not, you exchange quick pleasantries and move on until you find a more suitable match.

You may need to present to many, many people before you meet one who’s after exactly your project.  with the right needs.  While it’s important to be congenial, it’s not time for normal socializing .

After thirty seconds, if you haven’t already moved on, your contact will either be interested or be scanning the room for their next prospect.

THIRTY SECONDS!  You can polish and refine this vital skill and get feedback afterward, at  break.  Going over that time at a conference  risks losing your new contact’s interest or creating a situation where they feel like they can’t get away from you. 

Going over that time at an FAW meeting will only get you buzzed, because, though we love you,  we have other agenda items and only if everyone sticks to thirty second introductions, afterwards we’ll only have 30 minutes of meeting time left! 

So start planning your next elevator speech now.  Time it out, and we’ll see you at the next meeting!


Anyone have a productive Agent that would be a good speaker for an FAW meeting?  We need someone who’s current and can give productive tips to our members about how to choose the right agent, then how to work with them.  Please email Knuti


Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers


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Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers