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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, June 9th at 10 A.M. 

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

High Sierra Writers 2018 Writing Contest 

Would you like to jump the publishing slush pile and get your book on the desk of a publisher?

That is exactly what the 2018 High Sierra Writers contest will do if you are the winner. This is an amazing opportunity and one that has the potential to get your book published. You don’t need to query an agent in order to get your book seen by eyes that could green light your novel.

Want to know more about it? Come to the June meeting of the High Sierra Writers to get the details. Donna Stegman will be providing all the contest details and answering any questions about the process.

Donna has acquired information on what the top publishing houses are looking for in trends and genre. Want to know what they expect will be the hot genres for this year? She has that information and is willing to share it at this meeting. She will be doing a short question and answer session, so come prepared with specific questions you might have about publishing and what you, as an author, might expect. If there’s any publishing question you’ve been dying to ask, this is your opportunity to ask.

Donna will be running her Blurbs Critique for the only time this year. Find out if your book teaser is catchy enough to grab readers. To participate, bring in your book blurb, typed in at least 12-point print, without your name on the page. She will read it to the members and encourage feedback to help improve it. 

The High Sierra Writers Meeting is June 9th from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno, NV 89511. With the sports fields next door in full swing, come early to get a good parking spot, even though the library doesn’t open until 10 a.m.

See you there!


Matt will be hosting First Pages at the June meeting. To get feedback on your first page, bring a hard copy printed in 14 point font\ and double-spaced. Use Times New Roman or Arial type to make it easier for Matt to read aloud. Do NOT put your name on it, as these are anonymous, but you can include the book title and the genre at the top of the page. Hand it to Matt or Rene at the sign-in table at the beginning of the meeting. 


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