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Next HSW Meeting 

Saturday November 14 at 10 am via Zoom. 

Our next HSW meeting will be a Zoom meeting due to the restrictions on meeting in large groups. The code for the meeting will be sent to all members in a news blast by the Thursday before the meeting.

If you have not used Zoom before, it is easy. Just click on the link that we will send and post and it will take you to the web site where you can download the application. You do not need to be on video. We hope to see  you at this meeting.

Topic: HSW November Meeting
Time: Nov 14, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Why Do I Write? 

Let’s explore this with Jacci Terry Turner at he November meeting.

This is the fundamental question every author must answer. Is it to entertain, encourage, instruct or something else?

Come prepared to write. We will be creating a tagline, writing a blog about what motivates us, and reading to each other. Knowing your why creates your author voice which should be noticeable in all of your writing. And, it’ll be fun!

How to Use Kindle Create

We did not get to the Kindle Create program in October, so we will be demonstrating it at this meeting.  Rene Averett will be walking us through both the program’s features to create a formatted copy of a novel and to format an illustrated book. 

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 to Matt by Friday October 9th at 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. 

Go to the 2020 Contest page for more details. 

Writing Contest Deadline Extended

The dead for sending in your entries to the writing contest has been extended to October 31st. A promotional opportunity came up, so to give those people just hearing about it a chance to get an entry into the contest, the Board agreed to allow an extra two weeks. This gives everyone a little more time to work on their entry or entries. 

If you are mailing your entry, please contact contest@highsierrawriters.org to advise it is being mailed. Our post office box is now working.


National Novel Writing Month is November. Beginning on the 1st and running through Nov. 30th, ambitious writers will be writing at least a 50,000 word novel draft during the month. If you need a support group or sprint partners, you can check out the Reno NaNo Facebook group.


New Book Releases

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 each month. This time, please check out these new releases. 

Our featured writer is L.F. Falconer. She doesn’t have a book out, but has two short stories published in two magazines.

Check out her story, “Lucien Greyshire and the Ghost from Applebee’s” in Weirdbook Magazine #43 (Wildside Press) published on September 3rd. The link is to the magazine on Amazon. It is available in Kindle and paperback.

Her 2nd story was published September 16 in Shallow Waters Vol 6: A Flash Fiction Anthology (Crystal Lake Publishing). That one is called “Neighborhood Watch.” The issue is not yet available on Amazon, but they do carry the anthologies from this publisher.


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 attention of the book to other readers and helps the author to gain more visibility on the sales platform.

Post Office Address

Please send any snail mail payments or correspondence to: 

High Sierra Writers
PO Box 12241 -Suspended
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.