FAW News


Meeting: Saturday September 24th, 2-4 PM
Fremont Area Writers Host
Novelist Lori Ostlund

You have the ideas. You have the story, but how do you come up with that opening statement that grabs the prospective buyer’s interest and and holds it, all the way to the cash register?

Lori Ostlund has solved that problem for her own work. Her novel After the Parade, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick. Her first book, The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for first fiction and a California Book Award.
She’ll be sharing her insights on the the creation of those crucial opening lines and first paragraphs.

Drawing on her own experience, Ms. Ostlund will answer questions including: Exactly what do first lines and paragraphs need to accomplish? How much they can demand of the reader? and How can you avoid causing unwelcome confusion?

Lori will show you examples, along with techniques to assure that none of your stories will ever begin on “a dark and stormy night”!

Join us! 1 PM, the fourth Saturday of September, at De Vry University.
The meeting is free & open to the public from 2-4 p.m. at DeVry University, 6600 Dumbarton Circle, in Fremont.
For more information, call 510 565-0619

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers

President’s Message

I am encouraged to see many returning FAW members and several new faces among our ranks. To me, it shows that our club is doing a good job at meeting writers’ needs.

As a freelance writer, I personally find the camaraderie of fellow writers refreshing and needful in a mostly solitary vocation. Helping writers improve their craft is a way of giving back to the community. Forming real relationships with people not only improves one’s social life, but can also lead to “being in the right place at the right time.”

However, Fremont Area Writers and the California Writers Club are more than just entities in which to network. My hope is that you find the speakers informative and encouraging, and the friendship of other writers stimulating to your writing life.


Carol Hall



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.