From conception to publication, we help writers of all genres. It’s our mission to help writers achieve their goals, both personal and professional, through education and community.


High Sierra Writers next meeting will be on Saturday July 11, 2020. 

Since Scheels has cancelled all public meetings until further notice, we are going to the Cloud for our meetings. Please join us on Saturday for a Zoom meeting hosted by Matt Bayan for High Sierra Writers.

To join the meeting, download Zoom – it’s free – then click on the link in the invitation below to access the meeting. You will get a response asking if you want to join the meeting. Click on it, and it will go to the meeting startup.  If it does not respond within a couple of minutes, click on the link again. 

Join Zoom Meeting

To join by phone: Meeting ID: 968 7355 4962
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aXKdA2Ncp

Our Body Language For Writers workshop has been pushed back and will be rescheduled.



Stay On The Scene, Like A Writing Machine

 What’s the difference between a chapter and a scene?

How does a scene fit into the overall plot?

What are the essentials for a fight scene?

Join us for a discussion of scene. What it is, what it should be, and how to make ours better. Bring your questions about your own writing difficulties dealing with scenes. We’ll discuss easy tips for writing socko scenes.


Details of the 2020 Writing Competition will be coming soon.


We’ll have the usual session. Please send the Word version of your first page to mattbayan@aol.com no later than July 10th at 6 pm. We’ll display the pages on the Zoom screen. Please include title and genre. Your submission can be from either a novel or short story. For easy reading, use 12 point Times New Roman and double space.  Do not include your name on the page.


More Contest details, such as submission process, judging criteria, and examples, will be published soon under the contest tab.

New Book Releases

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 Writers link. As our authors release new books, we’ll feature them here each month. This time, please check out these new releases. Clicking on the image will take you to their Amazon page:

Book Cover: The Taker        Book Cover: Machine State

Please support our High Sierra writers by reading and giving an honest review of their books on the platform where you downloaded or purchased it. Your reviews help bring the attention of the book to other readers and helps the author to gain more visibility on the sales platform.

Post Office Address

Please send any snail mail payments or correspondence to: 

High Sierra Writers
PO Box 12241
Reno, NV 89510


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 for more information. This is a member benefit.

Contact Linda, your Critique Group Wrangler, to join a Reno-based group this year! linda.r.enos@gmail.com.