High Sierra Writers Meeting

   Next HSW Meeting    

Saturday September 9 at 10 am at Scheels at Legends. 

Also online via Google Meet.

Scriptwriting & Success in the Movie &TV Industry

Have you ever dreamed that one day, your novel might be made into a film? Will you be the next J.K. Rowling? To be honest, not too likely. Yet, many writers do make a living writing screenplays and television shows. Sometimes, books are optioned for a movie, and you might make a decent amount if your agent can sell it. Many never make it to film. How different are the film and TV industries from the book market?

David AbramowitzOur next High Sierra Writers meeting guest is TV and film writer David Abramowitz. David started his writing career by doing single episodes of TV series, such as MacGyver, Murder She Wrote, V, Spenser For Hire, Cagney & Lacey and other shows before he became the Story Consultant for Highlander: The Series and Highlander: The Raven. He was the executive producer of Queen of Swords. He wrote the animated War of the Worlds: Goliath screenplay and has worked on many other projects. 

David will talk to us about writing for television and movies and how the business works. He’ll also answer your questions about how to get into the business, how to adapt your book, and the screenplay/script format. He’s an excellent speaker, and you’ll enjoy his stories even if you have no interest in going into the industry.

David will join us from Los Angeles via Google Meet so you can come in on Google, but please remain muted. (Rene will be praying we have no problems with the connections at Scheels!) 


Matt will be doing First Pages at this meeting. If you would like to get feedback on the first page of your work from the group, then send it to Matt (MattBayan@aol.com) before 6 pm by Friday, Sept. 8th. The page should be double-spaced in Times New Roman or equivalent 12 pt type. Do not include your name on the page, but do include the genre. You may also bring the typed page to the HSW meeting and give it to Matt or Rene.


  Google Meet Information:  

High Sierra Writers Meeting

Google Meet joining info:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/bmx-txbf-nnu

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 949-424-7153‬ PIN: ‪995 846 279‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/bmx-txbf-nnu?pin=1873220995940

  Critique Groups Update  

Reminder: You must be a current PAID member of HSW in order to participate in one of our critique groups. 

If you’d like to join a group or have general questions about critiquing, contact Linda Enos at lynda.r.bailey@gmail.com

•    There’s still interest in starting a short story and/or flash fiction group.
•    The After-the-Regular-Meeting (ATRM) critique group will not be gathering after the September meeting, but will resume in October.

If  you have a completed manuscript, there are a few other members who would be interested in forming a new Finished Manuscript group after the first of the year. But contact Linda now to save a spot! A finished group will read the entire novel and offer critique; they generally meet once a month. It’s best to have at least 3 people in a group with a max of 6-8.

Don’t forget to contact Linda Enos at lynda.r.bailey@gmail.com with any questions or concerns!


We are open to anyone who wants to submit a book blurb for feedback.  These can be anonymous or you can reveal who you are. The object is to get a book blurb that will draw your readers into buying the book, so finding out if it has appeal is a valuable step. You can bring in two or three blurbs for the same book and maybe the group can help you fine tune one or narrow down the best one. Let Matt know if you have a blurb you want to test.

If you have not been to a meeting at Scheels, here’s how to find us. Enter from the parking lot and go to the escalators/stairs past the aquarium. Go upstairs and turn left past the Abraham Lincoln statue. Beyond the arcade are the restrooms so turn toward them, then go left to the door alongside that has a badge control on it. The door is unlocked and you can go into the hallway where the meeting rooms are the three doors on the left. We usually have two of these rooms, so look for us.

Google Meet Information:

High Sierra Writers Meeting

Google Meet joining info:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/bmx-txbf-nnu

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 949-424-7153‬ PIN: ‪995 846 279‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/bmx-txbf-nnu?pin=1873220995940


Need to Renew Your Dues or Join?

You can pay them online at http://highsierrawriters.org/dues_payments/ or by check to:
High Sierra Writers
PO Box 12241
Reno, NV 89510
     (Please let us know by email to board@highsierrawriters.org if you mail it in, so we can check the mailbox.)

Upcoming Events Reminder:

August 12 – High Sierra Writers Meeting – 10 am to noon Guest: Stephen                               Provost, author and creator of the Northern Nevada ACES writers                           group and virtual book store
September 9 – High Sierra Writers Meeting – 10 am to noon: David Abramowitz                  (via Google Meet) screen & television writer and show runner
October 11 – Global Writing Challenge workshop at TMCC – Rene Averett                                 facilitating prep for NaNoWriMo
October 14 – High Sierra Writers Meeting – 10 am to noon: Kitty Turner Indie                       Publishing: Group Think
November 01 – Amp Up Your Amazon Sales & Author Pages – TMCC Class led                       by  Rene Averett

If anyone has anything to add to the August schedule, please let me know. RPAverett@gmail.com

HSW Writers’ Success Stories

High Sierra Writers has quite a few published writers in the group. We have a page featuring the various books grouped by author under genre. These are under HSW Authors link. As our authors release new books, we’ll feature them here. 

High Sierra Writers has quite a few published writers in the group. We have a page featuring the various books grouped by author under genre. These are under HSW Authors link. As our authors release new books, we’ll feature them here.

Where I normally summarize the new releases, I’m going to let Lynda Bailey tell her own creation story.

From Inspiration to Reality

by Linda Enos (aka Lynda Bailey)

 It was late July 2010, when I went to the Romance Writers of America Conference in Orlando, Florida. My historical romance was a finalist in the Golden Heart contest for unpublished authors. This was also the conference where I got the inspiration for my newly published novel, Alyce – Through the Lycan Glass.
I think it’s fitting Alyce got published almost thirteen years to the day from when I was first inspired to write her. I don’t remember the exact details (it’s been thirteen years after all) but I believe someone mentioned Alice in Wonderland in the same conversation with werewolves and my muse was off to the races.
Alyce has endured an inordinate number of revisions during those thirteen years with characters being added then deleted, as were various plotlines. Even the title went through its own transformation. More than once I thought she’d make better scratch paper than a novel, but Alyce persisted. Despite my many attempts to keep her cloistered, she absolutely refused to remain under my bed with the dust bunnies. Now she’s live for the world to read and I couldn’t be more relieved to finally have this monkey off my back.
My name is Alyce Thomason; I used to be a normal kid.
Alyce Through the Lycan Glass book coverThat is, if being “normal” means burying your mom on your sixteenth birthday – cuz that’s what I got to do. Now, I live with my aunt who hates me. I miss my mom so much. She used to tell me I was special…that I was meant for greatness. Too bad she won’t ever see that.
When I turn eighteen, I’ll be out of my aunt’s house and on my own, except that doesn’t happen. My dumbass twin cousins stumble down a rabbit hole into an alternate universe – and take me with them. That’s not the weird part, though. The weird part is I’m some kind of idol to the occupants of this new world.
All I care about is getting me and the twins back home, or so I tell myself. I think I want to stay here, not because I’m The One – who needs that pressure – but because I’ve found something I haven’t had since my mom died…a place where I belong.

Editor: Sounds like a good read to me. Alyce Through the Lycan Glass is on my list. Now, I’ll return to my normal routine. The other book release is Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko’s Duplicity in Grove Idaho, the 6th novel in her Johnny Lister series. 

Here’s part of her blurb for the book: 
When state trooper Johnny Lister is rescued from a kidnapping, she tells investigators that her abduction was a case of mistaken identity. Stuck at home on leave, she secures permission from both the sheriff’s office and her superiors to search for the person her kidnappers had mistaken her for. Who is John E. Lester? And how could he possibly live in Johnny’s tiny town without her ever having heard of him?

Johnny’s search gets a boost when a sex worker calls to say she’s had dealings with Lester, and yes, he does live in Grove. But the informant turns up dead the next morning. …On the same morning, the body of a male, head and hands removed, turns up on a new hiking trail. Ordered by her superiors not to go into the station during her leave, Johnny must navigate the cases through her troopers who are investigating during her absence.

Editor: Another intriguing book. If you like police mysteries, you’ll want to check out Kelli’s books.

Remember, if you read a book, be sure to leave a review. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, just a short but honest review means a lot to your fellow authors. 

 If you have a book releasing and you are a PAID member, send Rene an email with the book details and the cover image so she can include it in the newsletter and on the website.


Please send any snail mail payments or correspondence to: 

High Sierra Writers
PO Box 12241
Reno, NV 89510


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