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 If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please email Programs at programs@highsierrawriters.org.

 This event is free from 10 am to noon and open to the public.  Read on for details.



Saturday, August 10th at 10 A.M. 

At Our New Home

High Sierra Writers will be meeting at Scheels at Legends 1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV 89434.

Is Your Book Ready for Prime Time?

Your completed story has worked its way through a critique group (maybe even more than once), yet how can you make sure the book of your heart is ready for prime time? Hiring an editor to put on the finishing touches is one option. And if you can’t afford an editor, what do you do then?

Please join some of our HSW established authors as they share their “self-editing” tricks and tips. They’ll also talk about their “pet peeves” when it comes to reading for pleasure…something every author should be aware of in order to avoid those pitfalls.


This meeting is the deadline for the 2018-2019 Novel Contest to be submitted. If you cannot be at the August meeting, give your properly prepared packet to someone to submit for you. No submissions will be accepted after the meeting. See the contest page for the rules, how to prepare your submission, and just added information on the query letter, the blurb, and your chapter submission. 


Bring in the first page of your story or novel! It’s the most important page in your manuscript, so let’s talk about how to get it right. Completely anonymous. Turn in your first page to Matt Bayan at the start of the meeting. Don’t put your name on the page, but please show the title and genre of the work. Print on letter paper, 1-inch margins, preferably 12 point in Times New Roman or Arial (14 pt would help Matt maintain his eyesight).

Plotting Think Tank Group Meeting

This month’s meeting is August 30  at 6:30 pm at the IHOP in the Win-Co Shopping Center at 9786 S. Virginia Street. Exit the freeway at South Meadows and go west. The shopping center is on the right hand corner of S. Virginia at the light.

This group is designed for HSW members to drop in on to get help with plot challenges in your work or any other writing roadblocks that present themselves. The idea is to use the synergy of the group to help generate ideas to solve the problems.

The planned meetings will be on the last Friday evening of the month at the International House of Pancakes,It starts at 6:30 pm and runs until about 8:30 or so. Bring any questions or challenges you have and also be ready to help others. Also, food and dink are available at IHOP. They are gracious enough to let us use their meeting space, so let’s order something.

New Post Office Address

Due to a mix-up at the post office, we now have a new box. Please send any snail mail payments or correspondence to our new address: 

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 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.

Don’t forget HSW has that fabulous novel contest running and a critique group is a big boost in getting your novel ready to enter. 

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

Barnes & Noble Critique Sessions with Matt Bayan

Matt hosts a critique session at Barnes and Noble on Wednesday nights IF he has at least three people who want to do it.

Here’s how it works. If you have a few pages you want feedback on from other writers, contact Matt before Wednesday  to let him know. If Matt has at least three people for the session, he will email all participants after noon (12:00 pm) on Wednesday to let them know the session is on. If you do NOT receive an email confirming it from Matt, then there will be no session. This is important because he will not be there unless he has confirmed.

Matt’s email is MattBayan@aol.com