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April 15, 2009 > Writers group celebrates

Writers group celebrates

Submitted By Art Carey

Birthday cake and pizza were on the menu recently as Fremont Area Writers marked the group's first anniversary.

The writers organization was born one year ago when 11 area residents sat around a table at a Fremont coffee shop and discussed plans to become a full-fledged branch of the California Writers Club, founded in 1916.

Organizers Robert Garfinkle and Jeannine Veh became the first president and vice-president.

Garfinkle said the writers group was formed because attending meetings of other branches of the California Writers Club involves about a 50-mile round trip from Fremont.

"So far, if anything has surprised me it is to find out our supposition was correct - there are lots of talented writers in the area who want to learn more about their craft," Garfinkle said.

The writers group is only a few people short of reaching a goal of 30 members, which would qualify it to become a CWC branch.

Meetings, which are open to the public, are from 2-4 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month at Mountain Mike's Pizza in Brookvale Shopping Center, 35760 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. The speaker on April 25 will be Sam Cacas, a San Francisco writer who is the author of "BIAsian Exchanges."

Prior guest speakers talked about forensic medicine, self-publishing, creating scenes for novels, freelancing, and sales promotion. Open mike sessions, in which writers read portions of their work to an audience, are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3900 Mowry Ave., Fremont.

Several times a year, the writers group sponsors one-day workshops. The next, to be held in July, features Martha Engber, author of "Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction." Focus of the workshop is "The Art of Rewriting." A journalist by training, she has written for the Chicago Tribune, Inside Karate Magazine, Berkeley Fiction Review, and other publications.

For additional information, contact Bob Garfinkle at (510) 489-4779.

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