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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.


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 NOT do the First Pages Program at this meeting.



A killer blurb convinces readers to buy your book, editors to read your book, and agents to buy into you.

Please join Donna Stegman for a discussion, workshop and Q&A on Blurbs and Social Media. This is an expanded version of the regular monthly blurb session.

Saturday, June 10th at 10 A.M. at the South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511)

Donna will give tips and do a Q&A on how to condense your manuscript into a powerful blurb for your book cover and query letter. She will also give you examples to condense into blurbs. And be forewarned; we will have a pop quiz at the end with the winner receiving a prize!

Come prepared with your own blurb to work on in breakout groups.


The last half hour of our June meeting, will be dedicated to the importance of Social Media. It’s a new world for publishing and, like it or not, you just got promoted to head publicist. Let’s learn the trade with tips and a flowchart.

Donna will provide a handout and do a Q&A session, so come with your questions.



WHEN: Saturday, July 8th

TIME: 10am to 12:30pm

WHERE: South Valleys Library

Yes! The potluck will be at the library (15650 Wedge Pkwy, Reno) so no need to stress about going anyplace new. 😊

The Particulars

  • If your last name starts with A-L, please bring a salad of some description: macaroni, potato, green, dealer’s choice. (Don’t forget to include serving utensils.
  • If your last name starts with M-Z, please bring a dessert of some description: again, dealer’s choice. (Don’t forget to include serving utensils.)
  • HSW will provide
  • Deli sandwiches for everyone
  • Plates, cups, eating utensils, napkins
  • Ice for beverages
  • Garbage bags for cleanup
  • Everyone needs to bring their own beverage, but NO ALCOHOL
  • RSVP no later than June 30th to HSW secretary, Linda Enos at enoslinda@sbcglobal.net

Oh, and the HSW board may even entertain you with a game or two. 😉

Questions? Contact Linda at the above email.