From conception to publication, we help writers of all genres. It’s our mission to help writers achieve their goals, both personal and professional, through education and community.

High Sierra Writers is proud to announce our 2016 Writers’ Contest! 

Click on the Contest page for information. 


Upcoming Event

 If you have any questions about our upcoming events, please email Jacci Turner at programs@highsierrawriters.org.

In Person Marketing and turning real life situation into fiction.

This event is free and open to the public

June 11th, 2016 at 10 A.M. Join us as at the South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511) as Celeste Leon talks about marketing to people face to face and taking real life situations and twisting them into a fiction story.

We will also have the First Pages program for this event. If you have the first page of your writing project done, and would like to have it read to the group for feedback, please print and bring it with you. Matt Bayan will collect them at the start of every meeting. For more information, please go click here.

Almost Magic – Scenes Appear Out of Nowhere

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Please join us July 9th at 10A.M.  Maybe not quite nowhere but most stories, whether fiction or nonfiction, researched, imagined, or remembered, will be energized by engaging scenes. Do you want to brighten your manuscript or add another layer? Scenes may do the trick. Suzanne Morgan Williams takes you through a proven workshop on scene structure, detail, and where and how to use them best. She’ll help you identify places to include scenes in your work. Time for questions too.

  • If you have something available, please bring two copies of the first five pages of your current work, or two copies of a long narrative section – say a page or more – from your work. Bring both if you like. Also, as always, bring paper and pen, tablet, computer – however you like to write

Suzanne Morgan Williams sold her first article more than twenty years ago. She is the author of the middle grade novel Bull Rider and eleven nonfiction books for children. Bull Rider is a Junior Library Guild Selection, is on several state library award lists, and won a Western Heritage Award from the National Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum. Her nonfiction titles include Piñatas and Smiling Skeletons (Independent Publishers Award and Parent’s Choice Honor Book), The Inuit , and China’s Daughters. Suzanne’s articles on writing have appeared in The SCBWI Bulletin and Writers Digest’s Children’s Writers’ and Illustrators’ Market.

Suzanne has presented and taught writing workshops at dozens of schools, professional conferences, and literary events across the US and Canada. She is a Nevada Arts Council Artist in Residence and was Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Member of the Year, 2012.  Visit www.suzannemorganwilliams.com

Slant how to be interesting

This workshop is free and open to the public.

August 13th, 2016 at 10 A.M. join us as at the South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511)

Jacci Turner and Matt Bayan will help prepare us for the High Sierra Writers’ Contest. To find out more about the details of the contest, please go to the Contest Page