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The Plot Thickens, Oct. 24

Joshua MohrCan you spell “plaracterization?” No? Better not save it as a Scrabble option then.

That’s what novelist Joshua Mohr will discuss at a meeting of Fremont Area Writers on Saturday, Oct. 24. “Plaracterization” is plot+characterization, a way for writers to dig deeper into stories and to discover their DNA of their work. Mohr believes the best plots aren’t controlled by writers but spring from the characters themselves.

He is the author of five novels, including “Damascus,” which the New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” Mohr has also written “Fight Song” and Some Things that Meant the World to Me.” His book “All This Life” was recently published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull.

To find out more about him, visit his website at http://joshuamohr.net.

The 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 1,900-member California Writers Club. To find out more, log on to www.cwc-fremontareawriters.org or contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639. 

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Authors Helen Vanderberg, left, and Nancy Curteman chat

during the recent summer book signing and sale by Fremont Area Writers

at the Fremont Main Library. Seventeen writers participated. They

sold 21 books. Fourteen read from their works at an open mic attended by wandering library patrons.

Photo by Carol Hall. 

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers

Writers and Poets Open Mic! When: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept 28, 2015. Where: Suju’s Coffee, Meeting Room, 3620 Thornton Ave., Fremont. To find out more, contact Tony Pino at up.dragonfly-at-gmail.com.

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President’s MessageShirley  Ferrante copy


Fall is upon us. The leaves are turning glorious colors of red and gold. The wind is carrying them here, there and everywhere. Summer may have ended but your FAW has begun new adventures. 

Liz Breshears, Community Outreach Coordinator, has organized a timeline for the writing contest for Fremont high schoolers sponsored by your FAW.

10/23/15 Deadline for information distributed to high schools

11/14/15 Deadline for Essays (postmark date)                                                                                                     

12/11/15 Judging of essays (feel free to volunteer to be a judge)

1/23/16   Awards ceremony at our January’16 meeting

                 First Place $100, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25

                 Runners up will receive honorable mention certificates

Robert and Kathy Garfinkle will host the FAW Holiday Pot Luck Saturday, December 5th.

Keep an eye out for the pot luck sign-up sheet, event time and venue address.

We have a preferred date in March 2016 for the FAW sponsored workshop. Your Vice President, Erika Anderson-Bolden, is looking into possible speakers. If you recall, the speaker Erika lined up for the 2015 workshop, Martha Engber, was very well received.

I am pleased to announce Andrew Halligan has volunteered to take the position of FAW Membership Chairman.  Give a cheer for Andrew.

We had a very entertaining speaker for our September meeting and she even brought us chocolate. Aleta George spoke on her topic: “How Research Road Trips Can Enrich Your Life.”

Our October General Meeting Speaker will be Joshua Mohr. He is the author of five novels, including “Damascus,” which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.”  He’s also written “Fight Song” and “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List.  His novel “All This Life” was recently published by Counterpoint/Soft Skull.

Remember, should you have a friend who wants support to write, extend an invitation to him/her to be our guest at the next FAW General meeting, Saturday, October 24.

Shirley Ferrante

FAW President