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

Our next General Meeting is Saturday, May 22 at 2 PM, with speaker Angie Chatman.




Scroll down for the March 2021 President’s Message.

The April  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 41!!!

Send questions and comments about the FAW Website to Scott Davidson  

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



The Literary Open Mic is Canceled until further notice

                             due to COVID-19 Concerns











President’s Message May 2021


Hi Team,

Summer is approaching and just as rapidly, if not even more quickly is our annual election! I hope you have put some thought into what talents you can share with your fellow artists by stretching a tad out of your comfort zone and volunteering to shadow or assist in one or more of the functions of running this awesome group. You know who you are that has yet to go the extra mile and add just at least a smidgeon of help to the multitude of opportunities that make up the backbone of this organization. Please remember, this is “writers helping writers” and we all have a talent to share. If you have not yet shared your gift(s), now is a good time to start.

Speaking of sharing gifts, what a phenomenal speaker we had last month!
Although my new job training prohibited my being present, thanks to Scott, I was able to hear the recorded zoom session with Jen Glantz and what a treat it was! You will read the recap of it in the May Newsletter, or you can also request a copy from Scott.

Thanks to everyone that covered for me, it was much appreciated. I regret that there was a glitch in our plan to have our first in a series of our local FAW members to share her works, and background with us. Caroline Ahlswede will hopefully have that opportunity again in the May session.

Congratulations, once again to our members on the kudos from our April Newsletter,
some great stuff is happening and we hope for some fantastic progress in every endeavor.
I also hope that everyone will do their best to attend the free zoom session being offered to all CWC members on May 25(Tues) at 6pm. It is a wonderful opportunity to glean some insight and techniques in public presentations. You should already have seen the registration details by now, but if not, the specifics are on our website in April’s Inkspots.(pg 11)
I want to wish all of us the best in the endeavor to overcome this pandemic and that we can finally start having some actual “on site” meetings, again…wherever we may land. No word yet that location, but there are some hopeful posssibilities being pursued. Stay safe and stay tuned as more details come forth.

Terry Tosh



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


                                                   kudos-nice work


Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers