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Next HSW Meeting 

Saturday February 13th at 10 am via Zoom. 

Our next HSW meeting will be a Zoom meeting due to the restrictions on meeting in large groups. The code for the meeting will be sent to all members in a news blast by the Thursday before the meeting.

If you have not used Zoom before, it is easy. Just click on the link that we will send and post and it will take you to the web site where you can download the application. You do not need to be on video. We hope to see  you at this meeting.

Details on joining the Zoom meeting will be mailed the Thursday prior to the meeting (Jan. 7). This will include the link to the meeting and the passcode. The information will also be posted on the HSW website and on the Facebook page.


Saturday, Feb. 13th at 10 am. Click on link below:


Program: Creating Compelling Characters

Every novel, at its core, is about characters. No plot exists without characters. So, to write a compelling novel, we need compelling characters. How do we create them?
In our February 13 meeting, we’ll explore character “ghosts,” what characters want and what are they willing to do to achieve their wants.
Our guest will be David Corbett, author of two definitive works on this topic: The Art of Character and the recently released The Compass of Character. David is a bestselling novelist of such classics as The Devil’s Redhead and Done For A Dime. A frequent presenter at the annual Mystery Writers Conference, David has a unique way of getting at the core of our subject this month.

First Pages

Matt will be doing First Pages at this meeting.  If you have a first page you would like feedback on, please send it by Friday January 8th to MattBayan@aol.com  For easy reading, please use 12 point Times New Roman and double space.  Do not include your name on the page, but indicate the genre. 

New Book Release!

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 . 

This month, Jacci Turner’s new young adult book releases on February 14th. Click on the image to go to the Amazon page. This book will be available on Kindle Unlimited, Kindle, and in paperback.

Mayten, a tree singer, must use her unfinished training to face betrayal, fear, and a deadly foe. Is she a match for the ancient evil attacking her trees or will the entire kingdom fall to ruin?

Please support our High Sierra writers by reading and giving an honest review of their books or stories on the platform where you downloaded or purchased it. Your reviews help bring the the book to the attention 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! lynda.r.bailey@gmail.com. 


Do you have a finished manuscript which needs just one more round of critiques before being sent off to the agent? Then contact me, Linda Enos, at lynda.r.bailey@gmail.com asap! Two other members are ready and willing to participate in a finished manuscript group. 

 As a reminder, in a FM group, you take a month to read/critique a story, sharing your comments and suggestions at the end. Each story gets one month. 

If you have any questions, let me know!



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