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Aleta GeorgeRewards of Research, Sept. 26

Some writers consider research to be a drag, time spent away from the fun part—the writing itself.

Not Aleta George, author of “Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate.”

A first-time author, George writes about nature and culture in California. She’ll talk to Fremont Area Writers on Saturday, Sept. 26. Her topic: “How Research Road Trips Can Enrich Your Life.”

She should know. In researching her book, George wandered streets in San Francisco and Los Angeles, visited Beckwourth Pass and Marysville, and took a train to New York on the same rail line that Ina Coolbrith rode 100 years ago. George’s work has been featured on Smithsonian.com and in the San Francisco Chronicle, California, and Bay Nature.

To find out more about George or read some of her work, go to her blog at: http://aletageorge.blogspot.com.

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. 

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers



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.

Fremont CWC Bay Area Writers


President’s MessageShirley  Ferrante copy

Hello, goodbye, hello. I’m baaaack. No need to change the stationery, the phone number or the name on the door. It is my pleasure to serve as your President for 2015-2016.  Happily for me and fortunate for you, Erika Anderson-Bolden, Joyce Cortez and Cherilyn Jose, your Vice President, Secretary and Treasure respectively are also back for another year of service. Let’s hear a loud hurray or sigh of relief from the membership.

FAW authors had another successful Book Signing organized by Jan Small. She had great support from Erika who designed the attractive publicity poster, Carol Hall who printed it, Art Carey who handled publicity and Nancy Curteman who helped Jan with cleanup. The event was held Saturday, July 18th at the Fremont Main Library. Eighteen participating Authors networked and sold books.

Nancy Curteman successfully chaired the CWC picnic held at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, Saturday, July 25th. Carol Hall led the ice breaker at the picnic, and Liz Breshear won the Lit Cake contest for her “Elizabeth Barret Brownies”.

Congratulations to Art Carey who received the CWC Jack London Service award Sunday, July 26th at the CWC meeting held at the Holiday Inn Express in Oakland.  Art was one of 14 honorees from CWC branches statewide who received this award for exemplary service to their respective clubs.

Our next FAW general meeting will be held Saturday, August 22nd at DeVry University. San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia will present The Art and Craft of Poetry and Short Story.

Shirley Ferrante

FAW President