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A Taste of Italy, Saturday, March 28.

Everyone has a story to tell. But too many people can’t see past the obstacles in telling it.

That’s the belief of Donna Marie Ferro, who is the next speaker for Fremont Area Writers on Saturday, March 28. Her topic: “I Can’t Believe It—I Wrote a Book.”

Ferro is the author of “Italy, the Embracing Circle: Il Circolo,” published by Xlibris. The book grew out of her grandparents’ stories and her trips to Liguria in Northern Italy. The trips became journeys of self-discovery that culminated in a memoir. In addition to adventures and misadventures, she tosses in Italian recipes, tips on packing, and a glossary of specialized words in Genovese.

You can find out more about her at http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwbooks/article/Donna-Marie-Ferro-Releases-Autobiographical-Travel-Guide-20141007

The writers group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month, except in July and December, from 2-4 p.m. 5 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 contact Shirley Ferrante at (510) 791-8639


Saturday April 4, 2015 9 am to 3 pm

Fremont Community Church Conference Room

39700 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA  94538

A writing workshop presented by the Fremont Area Writers…

Grow Your Great Character and Plot!

A Workshop for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction

led by Martha Engber, author of Growing Great Characters and The Wind Thief

Registration Information |  April 4th Workshop Registration Form.

Workshop Fee (includes lunch)

Before March 21st:   FAW member – $35    CWC member – $40   Non-member – $45

After March 21st:     FAW member – $45    CWC member – $50    Non-member – $55

Make checks payable to Fremont Area Writers. 

Mail registration form and payment to P.O. Box 47, Union City, CA 94587.

Workshop capacity limited to 30 attendees.


Carol HallHall Wins Screenwriting Award, $1,000

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.


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

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


mic Writers and Poets Open Mic! When: 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 23.
Where: Suju’s Coffee, Meeting Room, 3620 Thornton Ave. , Fremont. To find out more, contact Tony Pino at up.dragonfly@gmail.com.