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Membership payments support speakers and programs such as the Young Writers Competition and the Sierra Writers Conference.

Dues:Full-Year and Student membership fees:

$25 for an entire year (September 1st through June 30th)
$10 for a students (September 1st through June 30th)

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Print and complete membership form. Send form and check to:
Sierra Writers, P.O. Box 1595 Grass Valley, CA 95945-1595

Or bring completed form and payment to the next Sierra Writers meeting.

Membership Benefits

  • Membership Directory Listing
  • Genre listing on Sierra Writers website
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  • Publish short writing or advertise in the Sierra Writers Newsletter
  • Members Only Facebook Group 
  • Book Sales Events
  • Critique Group Participation
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Critique Groups

Critique includes editing comments as well as structural and narrative suggestions.

Fiction Critique Group Meetings: The fiction group meets every other Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. We're diverse—all types of fiction are welcome. The nucleus of the group consists of suspense, children's, sci-fi, and romance writers.

Bring seven or eight copies of what you're working on so everyone can follow along and make notes as you read your work out loud.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact
Angelo Presicci -
Katherine Rodecker -

Non-Fiction Critique Group Meetings: The non-fiction critique group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at Jan Westmore's house in Nevada City from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Each participant is encouraged to bring whatever he or she is working on for critiquing. It is helpful to bring 4-6 extra double-spaced copies so that everyone can read along, and make notes, as the author reads aloud. The group gives advice on grammar, structure and marketing, where appropriate.

We encourage published and new writers alike to join us at our work sessions. We always have a good time and learn from each others writing projects.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by telephone to Jan (She'll give you directions): 530.477.7889 or by email


Guidelines for Starting a New Critique Group

Decide what you want. It’s your idea, and if you are going to start it, schedule a place and time that is convenient.
Look for interested people. Announcements may be made using Sierra Writers website, newsletter and at meetings.
Keep it simple. If you can meet in someone’s house, that is perfect. Coffee shops and restaurants also work.
Meet a few times and evaluate as you go along.
Talk to other writers who attend critique groups and get information about other critique groups. Better yet, attend other groups to get a sense how they are structured.
Advertise your group. Submit information about your group to the newsletter. Ask the webmaster to advertise your group on the web and to send out an eblast. Announce it at meetings.
Critique groups are a great way to strengthen your writing, to network, and to become the writer you aim to be.

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