Past Events

Photos from Tony’s Talk



Participants in the June 27, 2020 Zoom General Meeting

Our speaker, Tim Myers, on Zoom











Half Price Books Second Saturday Monthly Event






10th Anniversary Picnic

WAS A BLAST! (See slideshow below)


Lake Elizabeth, Fremont





Excellent turnout!

Thank You to everyone who came out to support Carol on her presentation Saturday, it was most enjoyable, and we’ll received. Here are some candid shots:







April Presentation – Cathy Dana


Some Recent Speakers

In order are: Carol Hall, Jeff Hanson, Madeline Inman, Margaret Lucke, and Tish Davidson


FAW Moves to Room 106

New room(#106) same building! Lots more space to grow.




Penelope Anne Cole at Half Price Books



Kelley Way  Discusses Copyrights and Writer Law at


On February 23rd, attorney Kelley Way addressed the FAW on copyrights and other legal issues that affect authors.   

As an aspiring writer of young adult fantasy novels, she has a personal stake in this topic.  Way was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California, and graduated from UC Davis with a Juris Doctorate. Kelley is a member of the California Bar, practicing copyright, trademark and estate planning law at The Law Office of Kelley A. Way. 

Without copyrights, there would be no way to truly profit from your work or prevent others from copying, using or even selling your work without your permission, but what are they?  When do they begin to protect your work?  Can you copyright an idea before it’s published? Is your work protected automatically?  

What can go wrong? 

Kelley Way told us about our rights, and how to use copyrights to our best advantage at the Fremont Area Writers gathering, 2PM, Saturday, February 23rd at 42 Silicon Valley,  at 6600 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont CA 94555.  For more information contact Kelley Way.

Write That Query: How to Pitch to Magazines, Agents, and Publishers
On Saturday, August 25, 2018, Tish Davidson treated us to to talk on ‘How to Query’.
Writing a good query is the first step in selling your story to a magazine or your book to an agent or publisher. Tips for writing compelling pitches for writers of all experience levels.  

Linda Lee Speaker CWC Fremont Promote your Website



June 24th Meeting  2-4 p.m

Keynote Speaker: Mark Coker of SMASHWORDS          

Topic: The Whys, Hows and Trends of Indie Publishing in 2017

This is an historic FOURTH return appearance at Fremont Area Writers, and for good reason! 
For those of you who are new to Fremont Area Writers, Mark Coker and the concept of “indie publishing”,
let us fill you in.

Back in 2005, Mark Coker and his wife co-wrote “Boob Tube”, a novel about the wacky world of TV soap operas. Their dream was to see “Boob Tube” at Barnes & Noble.  
Instead, but the publishers turned them down because previous soap opera-themed novels had sold poorly.

 Mark began to imagine the hundreds of thousands of other writers whose dreams of publication were crushed because traditional publishers have huge production and distribution overheads and can’t accept books they don’t see as likely moneymakers.

He decided the future of books was threatened by this focus on potential profit, and the inherent high costs of producing, publishing and distributing print booksBut what if there was an e-book self-publishing platform to make it fast, easy and free to publish an ebook?

This was the genesis behind Smashwords and the creation of a global publishing platform that can take a chance on every author, at no cost or risk to the author!

Mark’s goal was to give every writer in the world, whether it was the budding novelist or the grandma who wanted her family to have access to her favorite recipes, the freedom and opportunity to publish, and to give readers the freedom to decide what was worth reading.

They launched Smashwords in 2008, and today they help authors publish and distribute over 200,000 titles. 

Mark has also written two more books: the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book for free), the Smashwords Style Guide (how to format, produce and publish an ebook) and The 10-Minute PR Checklist (helps entrepreneurs and business managers think more strategically about public relations. It’s not written for authors, though some authors find it valuable.)

Is “indie publishing” the best route for you?

Come find out at this inspirational meeting!

May 27th Meeting  


Keynote Speaker: Rick Acker

Fremont California Writers club speaker Rick AckerRick Acker was a very popular presenter with Author Law 101 in 2013 .  We have so many members who missed this important information that we’ve requested a reprise.

2PM Short membership meeting

2:30 PM Rick Acker on:  Author Law 101: A brief overview of copyright, libel, trademark, and other topics that writers regularly have questions about. 

3:30 PM  Rick will continue with  Author Law 102: An explanation of key terms in publishing contracts. ” I generally compare and contrast a traditional publishing contract and the analogous agreement for an indie platform like Smashwords or Createspace. “

Rick is a Christian Legal Suspense author and a lawyer. who writes novels during his commute to and from his “real job” as a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice.  He’s led investigations and lawsuits that made headlines in and out of California. Most recently, he and his team won a string record-breaking judgments and settlements against the Wall Street players who created the toxic mortgage securities that triggered the Great Recession.

His familiarity with corporate fraud lawsuits make his book, When the Devil Whistles, what award-winning author Colleen Coble describes as “a legal thriller you won’t want to miss!”

 You can learn more about him at his unusually good website