Saturday July 25, 2015 1 p.m to 4 p.m
Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, 94602
Officers—From left, Shirley Ferrante, Erika Anderson-Bolden, Joyce Cortez and Cherilyn Jose.
Monthly Meeting Details
Our writers group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, except in July and December, from 2-4 p.m. at DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, in Fremont. Meetings are open to the public.
Fremont Area Writers is a branch of the 1,800-member California Writers Club. To find out more, log on to www.cwc-fremontareawriters.org or contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639.
Carol Lee Hall of Fremont has won the grand prize and $1,000 in the 2014-15 screenwriting contest sponsored by TheWriteRoom. She is the immediate past president of Fremont Area Writers.
Hall’s screenplay, selected from among more than 50 contest entries, is “Donaldina: Based on True Events in the Life of Donaldina Cameron.”
Donaldina (1869-1968) was a Presbyterian missionary who rescued thousands of Chinese girls and women from indentured servitude in early twentieth century San Francisco. She is called the “Angel of Chinatown.”
Her efforts led to the creation of today’s Donaldina Cameron House in San Francisco, a Chinatown-based multi-service agency serving Asian communities in the Bay Area.
“I was inspired to write about Donaldina because she is a true heroine who fought for what she believed was right despite the odds against her,” Hall says. “As with any biographical story, it was hard to decide what aspect of her life to focus on. But I finally chose a period in her life that greatly impacted her work.
“After many revisions, thanks to three critique groups and three professional script consultants, the script was finally in good enough shape to win. This achievement will help the script when I pitch it to various producers,” Carol says.
Hall’s first book, “For Those Who Serve: A Devotional for Church Volunteers, was published by Baker Publishing Group in 2004. She is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, Today’s Christian Woman, and You and Me: America’s Medical Magazine.
TheWriteRoom is a national, nonprofit organization that extends retreats to qualified applicants in creative writing and allied fields. Founded in 2012, its mission is to advance the impact of women in the media via the literary creative arts and allied fields by educating, advocating and housing.
You can find out more at http://www.thewriteroom.org.
Writers and Poets Open Mic! When: 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2015. Where: Suju’s Coffee, Meeting Room, 3620 Thornton Ave., Fremont. To find out more, contact Tony Pino at email@example.com.