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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 9th at 10 A.M. 

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

Building Your Characters from the Ground Up

Join Harlequin authors, Anna J. Stewart and Melinda Curtis, on September 9th for an all-day workshop which will help you to flesh out fresh, dynamic and realistic characters. Doors open at 10am and Anna will take the morning session for an archaeological dig into discovering what your character wants and why. As always, the morning meeting is free and open to the public. After lunch, at 1:30pm, Melinda will delve deeper into your character’s flaws and wounds. This afternoon session will cost $10 for HSW members and $15 for non-members.


USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award-winning author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale – from sweet romance for Harlequin Heartwarming to sweet romantic comedy. To date, she’s published more than 30 novels and novellas, stories that NY Times bestselling author Jayne Anne Krentz calls “wonderfully entertaining.” Visit her online at www.melindacurtis.net

Since selling her first novella, A Christmas Wish, to Harlequin Heartwarming in 2014, former Golden Heart finalist and USA Today bestselling author Anna J Stewart has published more than a dozen contemporary romance novels and novellas ranging from sweet to spicy. RT Book reviews says Anna’s romances are “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving.” You can find her online at www.authorannastewart.com.


If you’d like to participate in this month’s first pages critique with Matt,  please send them in advance to membership@highsierrawriters.org. As time allows, first pages brought to the meeting will also be read and critiqued.

New Monthly Program


At each monthly meeting, our Communications Director, Donna Stegman, will read aloud back cover synopses submitted by members. She will give a verbal critique and get feedback from the group. Please bring a printed copy to hand to Donna at the beginning of each monthly meeting. All blurbs are kept anonymous to keep biases from interfering with the critique.

A back cover synopsis/blurb 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.