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Fremont Area Writers hosts Knuti VanHoven “Creating Your Own Media Image”

“It’s a common dilemma for writers:” Knuti VanHoven explains.  “Your book is almost complete when you realize that you have no idea how people will find out that it exists or why they might want to read it.  

“As you look around, you notice that readers aren’t just selecting books by reading plot summaries or a few pages.   Often their primary motivation to buy is that they’ve become fans of authors and if they haven’t heard of you, your book won’t get a second glance!   You’re stuck with the reality that not only is it necessary to sell your book: now you too are a product in need of marketing! ”  

 Welcome to the world of Photos, Author Bios, Live Readings, Book Signings and Interview Techniques!  These are just a few of the tools that you’ll need to create a media image that will attract the people who’ll want to buy what you have to offer. 

Fremont singer/director/promoter Knuti VanHoven will be introducing the brave new world of self-marketing in her interactive presentation: Creating Your Own Media Image” at Fremont Area Writers’ monthly meeting, 2PM, Saturday ,June 23rd.

As an actress, writer, director, producer and agent, Knuti has over two decades experience in developing promotional materials.  She’s worked with graphic artists, copywriters, ad agencies, professional video and still photographers, musicians and sound engineers.  

She trained over a thousand performers, models and speakers to sell their messages in stage, radio, TV, print and corporate presentations.  

Is there one RIGHT way” to to this?  “No.” VanHoven answers emphatically,  “But after this session you’ll have a much clearer idea of your options.”

The event at 2PM on Saturday,June 23rd, is admission-free.  It will be held in Room 115  of “42 Silicon Valley”(formerly known as   DeVry University) ,  6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont CA 94555. 



Presidents Message

April 2018

It is that time of the CWC year (July 1 to June 30) when each branch starts looking for officers for next year. The strength or our branch comes for the leadership.

We will hold nominations at the May general meeting and announce the candidates. The positions that need to be filled are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. We need everyone in the branch to consider running for a branch office or taking on a committee position either this year or next. Elections are held at the June general meeting with the new officers starting their term in July.  I will be out of the country all of May, so you can send to me an email at: ragarf@earthlink.net, to let me know of your desire to keep your branch running smoothly. No experience needed, but only you enthusiasm to keep FAW running to help all of our local writers.  By the way, I will not be running for another term as your president.

Knuti has given me a list of our future speakers and it is an impressive list.


Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers


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Three members of Fremont Area Writers have won recognition in writing contests sponsored by the San Mateo County Fair.

Dave Strom took first place in Digital Media Audiobook with The Malevolent Mystery Meat.

Tish Davidson won second place in the Genre Novel First Chapter for the first chapter of her second book,Dogonne Hot: A Nan Heitman Mystery. The prize includes publication in the anthology Carry the Light and coaching worth $150 with Beth Barany, developmental editor.

Cherilyn Jose, FAW treasurer, took second place in a Best Blog Contest for her entry, “My Manta Ray Encounter.” Her blog will also appear in the anthology.

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers


An Open Mic for writers to read their work is held from 7-9 p.m. at Suju’s Coffee and Tea, 3620 Thornton Ave., in Fremont, on the fourth Monday of the month.

Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the 1,700-member California Writers Club. To find out more, log on to www.cwc-fremontareawriters.org or contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639.