Welcome to FAW 2023!!!


Welcome to 2023! It will be a year of great FAW events, and fascinating speakers. If you are a member, watch your mail. 

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 last general meeting was November 25 and featured Geri Spieler on doing Internet Research. Details are below. All FAW members will receive a Zoom information the Tuesday or Wednesday before the next meeting in January. Not a member? You can join FAW today on our Join Us page.  But anyone can attend by requesting Zoom information from Scott Davidson. 



Here are some photos from our first picnic in 4 years, at Quarry Lake Park



The November 2023 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.

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 55!!!

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 write-in will be January 13. (No Write-in in December.) Get Zoom information from Scott Davidson











Terry Tosh, FAW President

President’s Message  – November 2023

Welcome to the final Prez Msg of 2023.
As usual, I can’t believe how fast this year has jetted past. A lot has happened, positive for our Writers Club and mixed reviews for the human species…I won’t dwell on that part, too depressing at times.
This is the best month of the year to focus our attention on being thankful. I am especially thankful for all of you, our members of FAW who give of your time and finances to continue to support the efforts of our statewide agenda, Writers Helping Writers. Weall realize this is a volunteer effort, and your participation is even more valuable because of this fact. Everyone who renews their membership, takes time out of their busy lives to attend meetings, and goes above and beyond to make things happen, ultimately gives hope and encouragement to each other and adds to the goodness that is a blessing to untold multitudes.
Seriously, folks, you never know what will spark a thought or inspire a mind to greatness; it could be your efforts that reach and change the course of a struggling life. Keep up the great work, and think about maybe even stepping it up a bit more and moving into a more challenging role of leadership. I see growth in so many of you that just begs to be directed to greater heights.
Thanks again to all who contributed to the various events and efforts of the past year. You’ll see many reports and news items in this month’s Ink Spots newsletter.
Please take time to respond to writing prompts, upcoming meetings and other sundry events on the horizon. I look forward to seeing you all at our Holiday Celebration in December. Details can be found among the wonderful articles and reviews you’ll find in November’s Newsletter.
Be Blessed, every one of you, in the coming year. May your holidays be safe and happy!
Your biggest admirer,


Now Held Online



micWriter’s Salon
7-9 p.m.

 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