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New Program

 This program is similar to the First Pages Program, but instead of reading the first page aloud, our Board Adviser Donna Stegman will read aloud the submitted back cover synopses for verbal critique of the group. Please bring a printed copy to hand to Donna at the meetings. All Author’s names will be kept secret to keep biases from interfering with the critique.

A back cover synopsis is a three paragraph summary of the novel that does not tell the end of the story. It’s simple, direct, and needs to have a hook.  Whether you’ve finished your novel or are still plotting, writing an effective synopsis for your story is key to selling your novel.

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Upcoming Event

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

Pitch Perfect

This workshop is free and open to the public. We will do the First Pages Program and the Back Cover Blurbs Program at this meeting.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 10A.M. South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511)

Please join us for a workshop on how to write and practice your editor/agent pitches. (And just in time for the TMCC Writer’s Conference in April!)

Several HSW members will lend their advice and expertise to help you grab an editor or agent’s interest and not let go. Come prepared with paper, pen and enthusiasm.

Expanded First Pages

This event is free and open to the public. We will do Back Cover Blurbs at this meeting.

April 8th, 2017 at 10A.M. South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511)

Join us as HSW’s President Matt Bayan hosts an expanded version of First Pages Program. During First Pages he will read the author’s first page aloud, keeping the author anonymous, for the room to give a quick verbal critique from Matt and the attending members. The goal this month is to have members submit up to 3 pages of their work-in-progress (and not necessarily the first 3 pages) to get more in-depth feedback on characterization, dialogue, plot, etc.

Because we’ll critique more than one page, members wanting to participate will need to send their pages to Matt Bayan at mattbayan@aol.com at least 5 days before the meeting so they can be compiled onto a USB drive. Please DO NOT send your pages to the HSW website as they might not get to Matt in time for the meeting.

Let’s talk Dialogue

This event is free and open to the public. We will do the First Pages Program and Back Cover Blurbs at this meeting.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 10 A.M. South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511)

Please join Linda Enos and Matt Bayan for a discussion on dialogue.

Dialogue can illuminate your character(s) faster than narrative, because dialogue is a function of character. Dialogue also moves the story forward, can reveal conflict as well as actively impart information.

In addition to helping you hone your dialogue, Linda and Matt will also talk about the importance of establishing your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you begin writing your story.