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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, July 14th at 10 A.M. 

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

NY Times Best Selling Author
 Will Speak at HSW Meeting!

July 14 Meeting Features New York Times #1 Bestseller, Ellen Hopkins


Photo: Ellen Hopkins

Ever want to question how a New York Times #1 author got there? Here’s your chance. Our July meeting will be devoted to one of the biggies: Ellen Hopkins.

Join us for a discussion on craft, Q&A, and what it takes to become a wildly successful author. Starting with the massively successful novel, CRANK, we’ll discuss how her career developed into her worldwide popularity.
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty non-fiction titles, three novels for adults, and thirteen NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to wine-growing. Ellen is a regular speaker at schools, book festivals, and writers’ conferences across the US, and now throughout the world.

If you want her to autograph a copy of one of her titles, bring it with you. Just don’t steal one from the library shelves. They get prickly when we do that.

The High Sierra Writers Meeting is July 14th 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!


How does a self-published author get 8,000 reviews on his first book? How does he develop a series that has gotten several thousand reviews on each release?

Ask these questions (and many more) of Michael C. Grumley at our August meeting.

If you’ve wondered how to kick-start your book sales, you’ll have a chance to meet someone who has done exactly that and in a big way.

He’ll be our guest and will make a presentation on his career followed by an interview and Q & A session.


For years, Michael C. Grumley dreamed of writing thrillers the way he thought they should be written; complex, multi-genre stories with unique plots that ‘move’. Enter BREAKTHROUGH, AMID THE SHADOWS, and THROUGH THE FOG: all deeply human stories with endings you will never see coming.

Michael C. Grumley lives in Northern California with his wife and two young daughters where he works in the Information Technology field. He’s an avid reader, runner, and most of all, father. He dotes on his girls every chance he gets.

His website is http://www.michaelgrumley.com, and his email address is michael@michaelgrumley.com

He is currently working on the next Breakthrough story.


Matt will be hosting First Pages at this 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