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A Full Slate of Upcoming Fall Events!

Write On The River is thrilled to announce a great schedule of upcoming events for writers in our region.  With not one but two Member events, a book-signing extravaganza, a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) group, and another Four Minutes of Fame open mic night, you have a lot of options for awesome literary activities to get your creative juices flowing.
Some of these events are still getting fleshed out, so be sure to check back here for updates, registration, etc.  The dates are set, though, so get them on your calendar now!

Placing Your Book on the Right Shelf:   The Importance of Genre in Today’s Publishing Market

Saturday September 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 at Van Tassel Hall on the Wenatchee Valley College campus: Whether you’ve written or are contemplating writing a book, learn how to best position your manuscript for success from guest speaker Genevieve Nine of Andrea Hurst Literary Management.

“Understanding the parameters of major book genres, as well as their most popular subgenres, can help you hone your work in progress and ultimately get your finished manuscript sold. . .It’s time to know and love your shelf. Your publisher and readers will thank you.”
You’ll get to know your fellow WOTR members, learn the importance of genre in the book industry and meet up with writers in your interest area. It’s a full afternoon — AND as a special bonus, Nine will accept proposals from anyone attending (to be sent after the workshop – she’ll give guidelines)
Members $15, non-members $50
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Got Books? 

Join other local writers at Pybus Market Saturday October 4 from 10:00 to 1:00 for a “Book Buzz” (a super-fun signing and selling event).
There are limited spots for a few more WOTR members to sell their books. If you’re a Member with a published book and you’d like to participate, contact A Book For All Seasons (www.abookforallseasons.comfor more information.

Walk and Write On The River!

Saturday October 11 from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Douglas County  Administration  Center,  140 19th St NW  in East Wenatchee (go west at the light) and the East Side Loop Trail. An outdoor literary adventure perfect for an autumn morning! Preview by naturalist, poet and WVC English professor Derek Sheffield, a “walk and write”  on the banks of the Columbia River, ending with your sack lunch and an hour of (optional) readouts and guided commentary. Fiction and nonfiction writers as well as poets will love this feet-on, hands-on, workshop.

Members $15, non-members $50

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo local group)

What is NaNoWriMo?  An international, month-long writing fest!  Join millions of other people across the globe and try to write an entire novel, start to finish from scratch, in the month of November.  It is free and fun and absolutely crazy.  Write On The River will again be hosting a local “support group” which will commiserate, collaborate, and get together for celebrations, write-ins, and more.  Email Dan at writeontheriverweb@gmail.com for more info!  Check out the official site for all the fun details: www.nanowrimo.org

Four Minutes of Fame Open Mic Night!

Join other local writers for another installment of our popular “Writers Meeting Writers” public reading nights.  Listen to others share short samples of their work, or take the plunge and sign up to share a little of your own.  This event is tentatively scheduled for November 20th, 7:00-9:00 pm.  Location is still TBD, so keep checking to get the latest!
So Much Writerly Fun Coming Up!

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May 16, 17 & 18 2014 in Wenatchee

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We are a year-round organization offering diverse opportunities for Washington writers to network, socialize, hone their craft and stoke their fire. Discover all that Write on the River has to offer. .

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On January 25th Write On The River is presenting a special Member Workshop: "The Professional Self Publisher." Learn from a super-successful local exactly how to make self-publishing work for you and how it just might make your writing dreams come true!

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A Full Slate of Upcoming Fall Events!

Write On The River is thrilled to announce a great schedule of upcoming events for writers in our region.  With not one but two Member events, a book-signing extravaganza, a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) group, and another Four Minutes of Fame open mic night, you have a lot of options for awesome literary activities to get your creative juices flowing. Some of these events are still getting fleshed out, so be sure to check back here for updates, registration, etc.  The dates are set, though, so get them on your calendar now! Placing Your Book on the Right Shelf:   The Importance of Genre in Today’s Publishing Market Saturday September 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 at Van Tassel Hall on the Wenatchee Valley College campus: Whether you’ve written or are contemplating writing a book, learn how to best position your manuscript for success from guest speaker Genevieve Nine of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. “Understanding the

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Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on August 8, 2014.

Summertime Four Minutes of Fame!

WRITE ON THE RIVER  presents FOUR MINUTES OF FAME THURSDAY AUGUST 7, 7:00 to 9:00 @ PYBUS MARKET (at the foot of Orondo in Wenatchee) We’ve traveled all over the place with “Four Minutes of Fame” (aka “Writers Meeting Writers”) in the last six years:  Caffe Mela, Weeds, Van Tassel Center, The Ruby Theater, Milepost 111, Snapdragon, Upper Eastside Coffee Company, Sleeping Lady. . .and this August  we’re giving Wenatchee’s Pybus Market a try! Sign up soon and join fellow writers for a free, informal evening of readings — bring your own poetry or prose, timed to four minutes, and enjoy the camaraderie of other writers! Or, you can choose to be part of an audience of listeners.  (Note: This is not a slam, a critique session, or a competition) Readings start at 7:00. Delectable food and beverages are available at Pybus– so come early and sample the wares (South offers to stay open

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Upcoming Events. Posted on June 18, 2014.

2014 High School Writers Competition Winners Chosen!

Write On The River is pleased to congratulate Kimberly Smith of Eastmont High School for winning our 2014 High School Writers Competition for her short story, Violet Sleep and Steep Staircase.  Kimberly will receive a $100 cash reward, generously donated by former Write On The River Keynote Speaker and NY Times Bestselling author Chelsea Cain.  She will also be recognized at our Writing Conference May 16-18. We would also like to recognize our Honorable Mentions:  Edan Patterson of Wenatchee High School for The Fall of Orion, and Ella Hall of Liberty Bell High School for When the Snow Fell. The panel of six judges discussed at length several excellent pieces and commented on the overall maturity of the writing style and the depth of themes. This year’s entrants have written some involving and reader-grabbing fiction!  Thanks to all for submitting work to the competition.

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Conference News. Posted on April 17, 2014.

2014 Alcoa Writers Contest Winners Announced!

Write On The River is thrilled to announce the winners of our 2014 Alcoa Writers Contest!  We had a record number of entries this year, so these champions really earned their spot (and their prize money)!  Thanks to everyone who entered – our judges were very impressed with the quality of writing across the board. You can check here in the coming weeks for the full text of their submissions, and congratulate the writers at the May 16-18 Write On The River Conference. Great job to all!   NONFICTION WINNERS #1  Truth Be Told    Susan Gillin, Wenatchee #2  Ghanima    Eron Drew, Leavenworth #3  On The Beach at La Playa   Jake Lodato, Malaga   FICTION WINNERS: #1  Ghosts of My Countrymen   Teri Fink, Wenatchee #2  Before   Kalie Wertz, Wenatchee #3  Great Aunt Ruth Pulls a Calf and Balances Creation   David Hammond, Ephrata

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Conference News. Posted on April 12, 2014.

Howell: To be or not to be myself?

Jamie Howell

It’s tough enough thinking up the names of characters to be in my novel. But what about a name for me?

I’ve been wrestling lately with the idea of a nom de plume. When this book of mine finally comes out, should it be my name on it, or something a little snazzier, more marketable and possibly even safer?

Writers have been cooking up fake names for ages. Without a pseudonym, Ayn Rand would have been Alisa Zinov-yevna Rosenbaum; 1984 would have been written by Eric Arthur Blair; and the verses of Pablo Neruda would have issued from the pen of the infinitely less economical Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto. Keep Reading »

Howell at the Moon: The Blog. Posted on April 10, 2014.
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