Writer’s Groups & Writer-Friendly Bookstores


Ash Canyon Poets

Meets every Friday night from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Mountain View Health Center, 201 Koontz Lane, Carson City, Nevada 89701. You may bring a poem for critique with about 12 copies to pass around to the group OR just come to listen and offer your thoughts on the poems brought for critique. If you have never written poetry, but have an interest to start, you are welcome to come listen to the group! Many Ash Canyon Poets members are published poets and will share the resources available in our local community as well as publications focused on helping new poets.

Email           775.450.4953


Henderson Writers Group

Established in 2001, HWG started with eight members. We now number between seventy-five and one hundred, depending on the time of year. Our goal is to help aspiring writers who desire to see their works published.  In 2003, the group hosted the first of our annual writers’ conferences bringing top agents and publishers from across the country to the Vegas valley. As for the future of the group, we hope to continue critiquing each other—to help any writer who wants to improve their craft and achieve their goals. HWG also holds a yearly student writer’s contest to inspire young writers.

Email           702.564.2488


High Sierra Writers

High Sierra Writers was created in August of 2012. It was formed from two long-standing, well-respected writing groups in northern Nevada–Unnamed Writers’ Group and Writers of the Purple Sage. By bringing both groups together, we focus on all aspects of writing and publishing.

Email       no phone


Las Vegas Writers Group

The LVWG is a friendly group of local writers – some published, some not – who get together every month (the third Thursday) to offer help, advice, and camaraderie. Their goal is simple: to help members improve their craftsmanship and achieve their publishing objectives; they’re open to anyone interested in achieving these goals.  Note: There is a $5 per person charge to attend a regular monthly meeting. Please check the “About” section on the website for a list of upcoming speakers.

Contact via website.


Lone Mountain Writers

Based in Carson City, Nevada and supported by the Associated Students of Western Nevada, Lone Mountain Writers was founded by Marilee Swirczek and her students from her Spring 1991 creative writing class. Its first public meeting was held on December 13, 1992.  It is a group of writers that meets regularly to review and critique the work of its members.

Email           775.445.4284


Mystery Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. We provide scholarships for writers, sponsor MWA:Reads (our youth literacy program, formerly known as Kids Love A Mystery), sponsor symposia and conferences, present the Edgar® Awards, and conduct other activities to further a better appreciation and higher regard for crime writing. MWA also works to educate writers and those who aspire to write regarding their rights and interests, and to make writers and readers aware of matters which may affect crime writing through legislation, publishing industry practices, judicial decisions, or in other ways. Our membership includes writers of books, short stories, plays, and screenplays; publishers, editors, agents, librarians, booksellers, and other in allied fields; aspiring writers and others devoted to crime writing.

Contact via website.


The Oasis Writers Guild

The Oasis Writers’ Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation originally organized to benefit writers in the Pahrump, NV, area.  Our membership has grown through the Internet and we now have associates from all over the world.  Regular members meet to read and discuss our work twice a month at the home of guild member Kit Southward in Pahrump.  You don’t have to be present for a meeting to participate.  We publish our writings, many of which are results of our Coffee-Can prompts, in a quarterly print ‘zine called The Pseudonym.



The Southern Nevada Area Fantasy Fiction Union

The Southern Nevada Area Fantasy Fiction Union is an informal group of science fiction and fantasy fans who meet once a month with informal movie outings and gatherings scheduled at least once a month. They maintain a large lending library for members and claim to be Las Vegas’ oldest Science Fiction Club. The monthly meeting is the 4th Sunday 1:30p-3:30p at the Clark County Library 1401 E Flamingo Las Vegas.



Writers of Southern Nevada

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Writers of Southern Nevada is a fellowship of writers, authors, and those who love the written word. In fulfillment of its vision to become the preeminent organization of its type in the state, WSN inspires, supports, educates, and encourages writing and writers as they develop their craft and careers through sponsorship of activities, programs, gatherings, and an online community. In addition, WSN provides information about southern Nevada to writers everywhere and showcases the writing community in the Las Vegas Valley. A writer of Southern Nevada is a nonprofit corporation with a board of directors and organizing committee.

Email    no phone


A.S.U.N. Bookstore

In the Textbook Department at the Nevada Wolf Shop, they have implemented new programs that make buying textbooks more affordable and user-friendly. These programs include Year–Round Textbook Buyback, Textbook Price Matching, eBooks, and Wolf Pack Rentals. They also have a General Books department that always has friendly staff on the floor that will help you find your favorite book or a best seller. Don’t see what you’re looking for on the shelves? They offer 25% off special orders in the General Book department.

University of Nevada / JTU Building, Reno


Sundance Books and Music

Since opening its doors in 1985, Sundance has been dedicated to the service of books and book lovers. As a local, independent bookstore, Sundance is committed to strengthening and contributing to both our local and global communities.

121 California Ave, Reno

Beat the Bookstore

4632 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas
702.454.2665  no website