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Next HSW Meeting 

May 8 at 10 am via Zoom. 


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

First Pages

Matt will be doing First Pages at this meeting.  If you have a first page you would like feedback on, please send it by Friday, April 9 to MattBayan@aol.com  For easy reading, please use 12 point Times New Roman and double space.  Do not include your name on the page, but indicate the genre. 

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: HSW Monthly Meeting
Time: April 10, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: My Meeting
Time: Apr 10, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 2955 7586
Passcode: 484566

Coming in May: DAVID CORBETT

Corbett Rescheduled

At our February meeting, we had planned to have best-selling author David Corbett join us to discuss how to create compelling characters. Due to a miscommunication, Corbett was not available for the meeting, so we have now rescheduled and confirmed this presentation to the May 8th meeting. Mark your calendars now. You don’t want to miss this meeting.

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.

Book On Promotion until Monday, April 12 

Jacci Turner’s recently-released book, The Tree Singer, is now on promotion at Amazon until Monday! You can get a FREE copy or a KU free read. For ages 12 and up.







Support your fellow writers! Buy their books, read their books, and review their books.

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 . 

Book Cover for Beyond the VeilReleased in March, L.F. Falconer (Leanna) is releasing a new suspense and horror short story collection, Beyond the Veil. Leanna has had several short stories accepted by various magazines and has won quite a few awards for her work. Of this new collection, Falconer says:

“Like a portal to a world of otherness, a short story beckons. A hired killer speaks with the dead. A charnel isle holds an ancient secret. A gold miner’s daughter attempts to fulfill a family promise. Venture inside the pages of these stories and more with a look Beyond the Veil.








Book CoverEven though this compilation of interviews was released earlier this year, we missed posting it here. Ken Beaton is one of three contributing authors to Legacies of the Silver State: Nevada Goes to War. This collection of interviews with World War II survivors covers the war years with their memories of the events. The book is raising money for Honor Flight and has thus far made over $9,000 for the charity. It is available at Sundance Books, Purple Avocado, and on Amazon in both eBook and print. It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited. Check it out and help a good cause.

Please support our High Sierra writers by reading and giving an honest review of their books or stories on the platform where you downloaded or purchased it. Your reviews help bring the the book to the attention other readers and helps the author to gain more visibility on the sales platform.

Adventure Writers’ Competition

Do you have an adventure novel almost ready to publish or even one you’ve published since January? Here’s a chance to win some cash and recognition for that book — the annual Adventure Writers’ Competition

Bobby Devin sent this information about the event:

The Clive Cussler Family has funded this for 
– a $1000. first, place prize, and 
– two runners-up  prizes of $500.
All winners will have an introduction to Braveship Books Publishing.

The entry fee is $35. Contest entries must be in by April 30th. For all details, rules, and how to enter, go to:



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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