Fremont Area Writers

The Centennial Branch of the California Writers Club

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Jason Ridler, “There’s No One Best Way to Become a Writer,
2-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Jason S. Ridler What’s the best way to become a writer?

Sorry, there isn’t one.

At least that’s the opinion of writer and historian Jason S. Ridler, who will be the next speaker for Fremont Area Writers on Saturday, Nov. 22. In fact, that’s the title of his talk: “There’s No One Best Way to Become a Writer.”

Ridler is prolific, with more than 60 stories published in magazines and anthologies. He can be pinned down loosely as a writer of dark fiction, but he has described his work as  “supernatural thrillers with heart.” A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, he holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

He is the author of “A Triumph for Sakura,” “Blood and Sawdust,” and the Spar Battersea thrillers “Death Match,” “Con Job,” and “Dice Roll.”

You can find out more about him at

The writers group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, except in July and December, from 2-4 p.m. in Room 120 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 or contact Shirley Scott-Ferrante at (510) 791-8639


Sale On! Nov. 28-29Thanksgiving is approaching, Fremont Area Writers, and you know what that means.

No, not just roast turkey for dinner. It’s time to start thinking about selling books, the perfect holiday gift. If you missed a chance to take part in the last FAW book sale and signing, at which more than 90 books, e-books, and art books were sold, here’s another opportunity.

You can do it at our Black Friday Weekend book signing and sale at NewPark Mall in Newark Nov. 28-29. Hours are from 7-9 p.m..
Open Mics will be held from 2-4 p.m. both days, Friday and Saturday. The sale and book-signing will be held in the NewPark Mall Cultural Center on the first floor near Sears.

More information will be available later. Print the Hold Harmless agreement here: HoldHarmlessAgreement copy  and send a signed copy to Jan Small, book signing chairperson, 40167 Blanchard Street, Fremont, CA 94555.

Officers—From left, Shirley Scott, Erika Anderson-Bolden, Joyce Cortez and Cherilyn Jose.

Officers—From left, Shirley Scott-Ferrante, Erika Anderson-Bolden, Joyce Cortez and Cherilyn Jose.

Fremont Area Writers has a new president and vice president following elections at the June meeting. The president is Shirley Scott. The vice president is Erika-Bolden.

They will join continuing officers Joyce Cortez, secretary, and Cherilyn Jose, treasurer, in serving for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins this month.



mic Writers and Poets Open Mic! When: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.
Where: Suju’s Coffee, Meeting Room, 3620 Thornton Ave. , Fremont. To find out more, contact Tony Pino at




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