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Upcoming Event

 If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please email Programs at programs@highsierrawriters.org.

 This event is free and open to the public. We will do the First Pages Program at this meeting.


Saturday, May 12th at 10 A.M. 

At the South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511)

From Podcast to Best-selling Author

When you don’t know whether to use who or whom, or whose or who’s, where do you turn for answers? Grammar Girl, of course. Next meeting, we have the Grammar Girl herself as our guest speaker.

On May 12th, author of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips and The Grammar Devotional, Mignon Fogarty – aka Grammar Girl – will talk about how she went from doing a podcast in her bedroom closet to being featured on Oprah and becoming a New York Times bestselling author. Mignon will give tips and tricks on how she increased her audience, a few dos and don’ts about podcasts as well as her ever witty, practical and easy-to-remember advice on grammar. You don’t want to miss this meeting! Doors open at 10 a.m.

Mignon Fogarty was the chair of media entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism in Reno, NV. She hates the phrase “grammar nazi” and loves the word “kerfuffle.” She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University.

Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. She strives to be a friendly guide in the writing world. Her archenemy is the evil Grammar Maven, who inspires terror in the untrained and is neither friendly nor helpful.

Find Mignon at her website: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl


We’ll also read First Pages, so bring in your material in hard copy. Please help Matt out by doing the following: Print in 14 point font; double space, use Times New Roman or Arial; put the book title on the top line with the book’s genre. Hand it to me at the beginning of the meeting. Matt has some from the last meeting and he promises to get through all of April and May’s at this meeting.



Yes, we know we said this would happen in May, but the opportunity to have Mignon Fogerty came up and the June date works better for Donna. So, we will be announcing our annual writing contest in June. Donna Stegman will bring us the latest news in publishing and what books publishers are looking for now as well as giving us the details of the contest. Mark your calendars now for June 9th.


If you haven’t renewed your membership, now is the time to do it. The small membership fee of $25 per year goes toward renting our meeting space at the library, paying speakers to make presentations and hold workshops, buying supplies such as name tags and markers, keeping a post office box, and operating a bank account. Your membership fee is tax deductible; High Sierra Writers is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit corporation.

Membership includes several great benefits, such as the Critique Groups mentioned below, reduced fees when we have a special speaker and need to charge a fee, your book listed on the HSW page, contests. and more.


Looking for a group of writers to read and critique your work? Willing to reciprocate? Then we might have a group for you.

Contact Nicole, your Critique Group Wrangler, to join a Reno-based group in 2018!  cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org