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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.

!!!***  NOVEMBER MEETING WILL BE ON THE 3RD SATURDAY – 11/18  ***!!!

NOVEMBER MEETING

Saturday, November 18th at 10 A.M. 

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

NOVEMBER IS NaNo MONTH

Since November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNo), we’ll devote the meeting on 11/18/17 to craft issues. Published authors will run us through a series of presentations and exercises focused on:

Where should I start my story?

How do I create conflict?

How should I handle point-of-view (POV)?

Why shouldn’t I have a prologue?

What’s backstory and what do I do with it?

Should I use flashbacks?

Please bring in pages from your manuscripts and we’ll workshop them in the context of our discussion topics, either anonymous or not. Your call.

FIRST PAGES

If you’d like to participate in this month’s first pages critique with Matt,  please bring in your first page. Please print the page in at least 12 point font. If you have more than one manuscript, feel free to bring in more than one sample.

PROFESSIONAL BLURBING

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.