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Next HSW Meeting 

May 8 at 10 am via Zoom. 

David Corbett will be at this meeting!

See you on the second Saturday of the month! Zoom information will be sent out on the Thursday before the meeting. 

Our May 8 meeting will feature best-selling author David Corbett to discuss how to create compelling characters. Mark your calendars now. You don’t want to miss this meeting.

May Agenda

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The Compass of Character with David Corbett

No First Pages This Meeting

Matt will be back next month with First Pages.  

Link information for the Zoom meeting will be sent in a blast to members, but will also be posted on the High Sierra Writers website and on our Facebook page on the Thursday before the meeting.

ZOOM Meeting Information

Topic: High Sierra Writers Monthly Meeting
Time: May 8, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Character Motivations

The central question for any character—what does she want—needs to be realistically complex to create a truly memorable depiction. In this workshop, award-winning author David Corbett (The Art of Character, The Compass of Character) will guide participants in an examination of the four key counteracting forces tugging the character’s willfulness in different directions: Lack, Yearning, Resistance, and Desire. This understanding will inform the uneasy truce the character has established between pursuing the promise of life and protecting herself from the pain of life at the storys outset, and how the misfortune or opportunity that launches the action destabilizes that equilibrium, creating the character’s internal struggle.

Our May 8, 2021 meeting will be taken up mostly by our workshop on character. Seven years ago we had David here in person for a weekend workshop, and he got rave reviews from our members. Don’t miss this.

Guest Speaker for June is Tim Maleeny

TIM MALEENY is author of the award-winning Cape Weathers series of mysteries and the bestselling comedic thriller JUMP, which The Boston Globe called “hilarious” and Publishers Weekly described as “a perfectly blended cocktail of escapism.” His short fiction appears in several major anthologies and has won the prestigious Macavity Award for best story of the year. Booklist says, “The Cape Weathers mysteries are smart, snappily written, energetic mysteries starring an engaging hero.”

We’ll talk about the publishing landscape and how Tim broke into the world of mystery novels. Tim is really skilled at working humor into tense situations but still maintaining the drive of the narrative.
Matt will interview him for the first section then open to members’ questions.

Visit Tim’s web site.


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 . 

In April, Maria Palace published her paranormal suspense novel, Chapter Thirteen. It is available on Amazon at this link.
 Chapter Thirteen is a paranormal suspense/thriller about an old woman who will do everything in her power to reclaim the life that was taken from her and the young journalist who holds the key to her success or failure.

Maria was the HSW novel contest winner in 2019 with this book. While she didn’t ultimately publish with the company who agreed to read the book for the contest, she did land a publisher and it is now out! Please check out her book, read if it sounds like your cup of tea, and review. Support your co-writers. 










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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