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

 This event is free from 10 am to noon and open to the public.  Read on for details.



Saturday, July 13 at 10 A.M. 

At Our New Home

High Sierra Writers will be meeting at Scheels at Legends 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV 89434.

How’s Your Book Blurb? 
Is Your Query Letter Snappy?

With the submission for the writing contest coming up in August, we’re going to spend time at the July meeting working on these two important components of the entry. For any of us, the blurb is a key to hooking a reader; be it an agent, a publisher, or a potential buyer. It’s hard to believe how much the blurb and the book cover do to attract and sell a book, but it’s a tough market, so it needs to be one that will draw people in. 

As for the query letter, that also needs to have the right tone and make an agent or publisher want to read your pages and, hopefully, the whole book. The blurb is part of the query letter, but so is your greeting, how you present yourself, and the professional image you present.

Whether you’re submitting for the contest or not, you still need to hone these skills. It sounds simple, but it isn’t. Working in groups, we will try to help each other write the perfect blurb for your book or book idea.

The meeting will include:


Bring in the first page of your story or novel! It’s the most important page in your manuscript, so let’s talk about how to get it right. Completely anonymous. Turn in your first page to Matt Bayan at the start of the meeting. Don’t put your name on the page, but please show the title and genre of the work. Print on letter paper, 1-inch margins, preferably 12 point in Times New Roman or Arial (14 pt would help Matt maintain his eyesight).

First Meeting of the Plotting Think Tank Group

We talked at a previous meeting of starting a group that HSW members can drop in on to get help with plots challenges in your work or any other writing roadblocks that present themselves. The idea is to use the synergy of the group to help generate ideas to solve the problems. One of our newer members brought this idea with her from Colorado where her writing group was using it effectively. My own critique group has already done a couple of assists in plotting, so we’d like to expand it.

The first meeting will be next Friday evening at the International House of Pancakes, 9786 S Virginia Street in the Win-Co shopping center. It starts at 6:30 pm and runs until about 8:30 or so. Bring any questions or challenges you have and also be ready to help others. Also, food and dink are available at IHOP. They are gracious enough to let us use their meeting space, so let’s order something. (Their onion rings are old school awesome!)

Hope to see you there.



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

Please check out our Critique Groups page to see which groups might have an opening or to get on the list to be placed in a group. This is a member benefit.

Don’t forget HSW has that fabulous novel contest running and a critique group is a big boost in getting your novel ready to enter. 

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

Barnes & Noble Critique Sessions with Matt Bayan

Matt hosts a critique session at Barnes and Noble on Wednesday nights IF he has at least three people who want to do it.

Here’s how it works. If you have a few pages you want feedback on from other writers, contact Matt before Wednesday  to let him know. If Matt has at least three people for the session, he will email all participants after noon (12:00 pm) on Wednesday to let them know the session is on. If you do NOT receive an email confirming it from Matt, then there will be no session. This is important because he will not be there unless he has confirmed.

Matt’s email is MattBayan@aol.com