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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, September 8th at 10 A.M. 

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


The High Sierra Writers Meeting is August 11th 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.

Time to Amp-Up Your Writing?

Photo: Lynda Bailey
Learning the tricks to make your novel exciting and riveting should be a goal of every novelist. Even non-novels can benefit from some of the tips that our guest speaker at the next High Sierra Writers meeting will be sharing with us. 

Please join long-time HSW member, Linda Enos (writing as Lynda Bailey) as she talks about her experience attending the Donald Maass Breakout Novel Intensive Writing Retreat. (BONI)

In addition to giving members a peek into what to expect at a BONI retreat, Linda will also explain the mechanics of micro-tension. Micro-tension is easy to say, but very hard to do. So bring a notepad and your favorite pen for several writing exercises designed to increase the MICRO-tension in your book.

See you there!


First Pages will also focus on micro-tension. Bring a first page if you want, but you can also bring the whole first chapter – or any chapter. We’ll fold the First Pages discussion into the workshop activity with a focus on how to create micro-tension, sentence by sentence, page by page.


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.

Please check out our Critique Groups page to see which groups might have an opening or to get on the list to be placed in a group. This is a member benefit.

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