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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, January 13th at 10 A.M. 

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



January’s meeting will focus on our critique groups. We’ll discuss the groups we currently have and which ones have vacancies.

Have you tried to get into a group? What genres are under-represented or not represented at all? Based on what you tell us, we’ll help set up new groups.

We’ll also go over how a critique group should operate. And something that’s helpful in other venues, we’ll discuss how to evaluate a manuscript and give feedback to other writers.

“Critiquing is critical to the development of any writer. Yes, receiving feedback will help you to see your work-in-progress more clearly. But giving feedback might be even more important. Developing good critique skills teaches your mind to analyze story elements. It teaches you to sift the beautiful from the mundane. And that training—sharpened in the process of helping someone else—will carry over into your own writing.”   – Daniel Schwabauer, OneYearNovel.com

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

If you’d like to participate in this month’s first pages critique with Matt,  please bring in your book’s first page. Please print the page in at least 12 point font and double spaced. If you have more than one manuscript, feel free to bring in more than one sample.

It’s a New Year! Dues are Due!

It’s the new year and we all need to become members or renew memberships. 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.

February Meeting Preview


Special Guest: TERRI FARLEY

Editors and readers will follow great characters anywhere. In this interactive workshop, you’ll explore your character’s heart and head, walk in their shoes, examine their pasts, and chart what makes them tick. Besides bonding with your character, you’ll acquire techniques to humanize book people who’ll create excitement and intensify your themes.

This workshop works best if writers arrive with a picture – ripped from a magazine, printed from the Internet – that resembles their character.

Our guest, Terri Farley, is the best-selling author of the Phantom Stallion series for young readers. She was honored by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and her HarperCollins books have sold more than two million copies in 28 countries.

Farley is an advocate for the West’s wild horses and works with young people learning to make their voices heard. Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them is her first work of non-fiction. Chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection, Wild at Heart was published by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt in September 2015.