Sunday, May 19, 2019

Quick Read & Hock Celebration - June 12th

Half of June's meeting will be devoted to First Sentence Quick Reads.

Bring the beginning of a project; a book, chapter, or poem.

After the submission is read anonymously, the audience will be asked if the introduction was enough to inspire further reading.

This exercise is based on Peter Selgin's book Your First Page.

According to Selgin, “The choices we make in those first few sentences, paragraphs, and pages determine not only how what we’ve written gets read, but whether it will be read at all.”

His book is based on the premise that almost everything that can go right or wrong in a work of fiction or memoir goes wrong or right on the first page.

First Sentence Quick Read Participation:
Bring a piece of writing between 150 - 250 words.
Typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman font with a size between 12-14.
Do not include your name.
*Depending on time constraints and number of entries, all submissions may not be read. 

A brief summary of the membership survey will be given.

Hock is stepping down as President of Sierra Writers.

The second half of the meeting will be social time celebrating Hock and his years of service supporting Nevada County writers of all ages.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Young Writers Competition
Student Readings & Award Presentations
May 8th

Enjoy an evening supporting Nevada County's young writers!
Competition winners (or an appoint a representative) will read their work on stage.

Sierra College English Professor, Chris Hall will host this special annual event.

High School


1-"In The Eye of the Beholder" by Kacie Harmon
2-"Liminal Spaces" by Maryn Miller
3-"An Old Woman's Memory" by Suraya Shelton


1-"Tortilla Sunrise" by Kacie Harmon
2-"The Magic of Horror" by Griffin Ellis
3-"Love's Simple Complexity" by Sol Rios


1-"To Angela" by Kacie Harmon
2-"The Walls" by JM
3-"Darkened are my Thoughts" by Sol Rios

I'm a senior at Ghidotti, and I'll be attending Smith College in Massachusetts next year. I'm going to study Spanish, education, and creative writing. I love creative writing, especially poetry, and have been writing for as long as I can remember. I also enjoy painting, backpacking, and stargazing.

Middle School


1-"Metamorphosis" by Zoe Ohana Myers
2-"Reality" by Hailey J. Robins
3- "No Skins" by Nicholet Duran


"Argo" by Hailey J. Robins | "Adventures" by Natalie Trogdon
Judges awarded a first prize split


"The End" by Natalie Trogdon | "Lights" by Hailey J. Robins
Judges awarded a first prize split

Hailey Robins is 12 years old and lives in Rough and Ready with her parents, a pony, a cat, and three annoying siblings. She enjoys all kinds of creative activities, including writing, drawing, acting, and animating. 

Sierra Writers is delighted to acknowledge the generosity of the 
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras (CATS)
 for a grant of $500 toward the 
Young Writers Competition