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 May speaker will be Robert Parker, speaking on “Cases in Copyright Law.”    Details are below. All FAW members will receive a Zoom information the Tuesday or Wednesday before the next meeting. Not a member? You can join FAW today on our Join Us page.  Members will receive Zoom information a few days before the meeting.


Here are some photos from the April meeting, featuring Tony Pino.



The May 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 May 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 is May 13.  Here us are details. Get Zoom information from Scott Davidson











Terry Tosh, FAW President

President’s Message  – May 2023

May. A month of remembrance.

On Memorial Day, we express our deep gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, so we could have our freedoms.
While we focus on remembering, let’s remember Mom, and the flowers (May flowers, thanks to April showers,  remember?)
Remember all the tough times we’ve survived as human beings over the past few years. Sickness, extreme weather issues, the short days that we just passed through, while longing for this coming period of sunshine and being outdoors longer!
Let’s also remember the great lessons, tips and tricks we learned because we took advantage of our  spectacular club of which we are an integral part; and how we truly believe in our motto, “Writers Helping Writers.”

Remember the events, goals and personal accomplishments that were achieved. Remember that these  opportunities came our way because of a different kind of sacrifice made by our fellow volunteers, giving generously of their time for the good of the team.

Think about what you can do to further this cause by offering your time, and the benefits of giving, as well as having your signature that includes a title of a board position for the Fremont Area Writers branch of the prestigious California Writers Club. Wow!

People will take notice that your work has special value, since you’re obviously a true leader and worker in your field. You give back to society with the sharing of your time and expertise to help others grow and succeed.
So, let’s take this time to remember to act upon our thoughts that encourage us to “just do it” (Thanks, Nike)!

Just take that step that will add your unique gifts and talents to the increasing pool of knowledge and “know how” to be shared in advancing our collective goal of Writers Helping Writers.

We truly need you at such a time as this (June is coming way too soon). Go ahead, throw your proverbial hat into that ring. You can do it.

Let’s make this coming election cycle a Time to Remember. Contact any of our current officers or Chairpersons to let us know of your willingness to help. We are happy to work with you in any capacity.

See our current Ink Spots newsletter for dates and times of upcoming events, and Never Forget that you are special and needed.

Until next time,

Yours affectionately,


FAW President

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