NEW!!!   You can access the NorCal Events Calendar using this link.  With Zoom, we can attend more meetings than before.

Our last General Meeting was Saturday, June 26 at 2 PM, with speaker Kelley A. Way. Thanks Kelley for answering all our questions! We take July off, so watch for our next General Meeting in August.

Scroll down for the June 2021 President’s Message – Terry’s final message!

The June 2021 Ink Spots Newsletter is now available on the Newsletter Page

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 45!!!

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 Social Write-in, second Saturday of Each Month.

Our next is June 12











Terry’s Final President’s Message  –       June 2021

 Hi Team,

Yes, it’s finally arrived. My last message as your current President.
I can’t believe it’s already been 3 years since that mind boggling day that I actually said, “ok, I’ll give it a try.”
Thank you, Jan Small, for your encouragement and vision to see something in me that I wasn’t so sure about myself! Yes, I had some leadership and theatre training in the past, but this new challenge was in a field that I had no previous experience nor, indeed any particular interest in, other than to support my sweetheart in her endeavors to further her skills as an author.
Yes, I had published some off-the-wall poetry and short essay ramblings, but just for fun.
Anyway, what a ride it has been, jumping in head first and learning as the necessity arose. Thank you, Bob, for your direction and support over these past few years.
Knuti, as VP you are a Godsend with your ability to step in at the last minute when life got in the way, as well as managing the talent pool of great speakers you pursue for us.
A HUGE Thanks to Nancy G. You were right there from the getgo, letting me know just how awful my submissions would appear if I didn’t have help, and I was quite happy to let you work your magic on my messes! (Thanks for letting me take the credit.)
Tish and Scott have been invaluable resources for me, as well. I sincerely appreciate you both for letting me pick your brains and get your opinions on a plethora of issues. l know you two are extremely busy and I am extremely thankful for your wealth of knowledge and input.
The list of names and encouragement goes on and on, literally touching on every member locally and some statewide. I thank you all for making my tasks bearable, even easy, because of your kindness and support.
This is not a farewell speech, per se, as I fully intend to stay involved in other facets of our club, as well as available for help and support of any future leaders that step up and tryout their wings.
Lastly, thank you, Sue, for being willing to move out of your comfort zone, and willing to be coachable. You have been a tremendous asset to my work as you let me guide you over the past several months. I anticipate your upcoming election to the office of President, and know that you will do your best. I will be here for you, as will everyone in our group.
Here’s to a successful, Covid-free 2021-22 year, full of promise and excitement. (maybe even a new meeting location, soon?)
Love to all of you,
Terry T.
soon to be “former 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


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                                                   kudos-nice work


Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers