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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 from 10 am to noon and open to the public.  Read on for details.



Saturday, March 9  at 10 A.M. 

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

Come early to get a good parking spot, even though the library doesn’t open until 10 a.m. The program for the meeting is:


All elements of writing – characters, settings, conflicts, dialogue, etc. – need contrast to hold a reader’s attention. Slow vs. fast, bright vs. dark, loud vs. quiet. In each element of writing, we need to make choices that illuminate the external from the internal.

Join us for a presentation/discussion on how to use contrast and pacing to up your game and make your story more interesting and provocative.

First Pages
Bring in the first page of your story or novel! It’s the most important page in your manuscript, so let’s talk about how to get it right. Completely anonymous. Turn in your first page to Matt Bayan at the start of the meeting. Don’t put your name on the page, but please show the title and genre of the work. Print on letter paper, 1-inch margins, preferably 12 point in Times New Roman or Arial (14 pt would help Matt maintain his eyesight).

The meeting will be Saturday March 9, 2019 at the South Valleys Library, 15650 Wedge Parkway and begins at 10 am. The doors also open at 10 am.

Coming for April 13 Meeting

How to Make Social Media Work for You

So, you have a Facebook author page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts set up and have a small following on them, but you’re not sure what to post to really get them to work for you. How do you use these to grow your readership? How can you turn your handful of followers into people who want to read your books?

Luckily, we have an expert who has done that and can give us the skinny on how to make it all work better for you. 

On April 13th, Mignon Fogerty, aka Grammar Girl, will present an all-day workshop on social media. So, bring your laptops and power cords and be prepared to harness the power of these often-times elusive platforms.  

The morning session (FREE and open to the public) will consist of an hour-long, introductory presentation by Mignon. In the afternoon, she’ll help us navigate through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc so we can better utilize those mediums for promoting/marketing our books.

Please note!!! The afternoon session is not for beginners! You need to have at least a semblance of a social media presence in order to make the most of Mignon’s presentation.

Cost for the afternoon session is $30 for HSW members; $50 for non-members. 

To register and pay for the workshop, go to: http://highsierrawriters.org/workshop-payments/

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network and creator of Grammar Girl, which has been named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 best websites for writers multiple times. She is also an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame.

Bookmark Mignon’s Q&D Tips page athttps://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl 

Looking ahead to May…

Join us for our May 11th meeting when Story Grid Certified Editors Anne Hawley and Rachelle Ramirez will join us for our regular meeting and an extended workshop to teach us about the Story Grid editing method, based on Shawn Coyne’s powerful book on how to level up your craft and write a story that really works! 

More details next month, but check your calendar now to make sure you have it planned.


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 to see which groups might have an opening or to get on the list to be placed in a group. This is a member benefit.

Don’t forget HSW has that fabulous novel contest running and a critique group is a big boost in getting your novel ready to enter. 

Contact Nicole, your Critique Group Wrangler, to join a Reno-based group this year!  cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org