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April 6 Workshop


Join us for a full day of craft and comradery with Paula Coomer and Matthew Sullivan! Paula and Matthew are two past WOTR conference presenters, both highly-praised, who are eager to engage north central Washington writers for a full day of strategies for improving any type of fiction.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019,  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Wenatchi Hall, Wenatchee Valley College

Cost: $85 (only $70 for WOTR Members) Register by March 1 for a $10 discount! Includes two 3-hour classes and an (optional) writing critique and a box lunch.

To register, click here.

SHORT STORIES 101 – Paula Coomer

Photo Credit: Suzy Hathaway Photography

Short stories are much more than summaries of novels or vignettes. They require a special kind of skill, much like poetry, if they are to evoke meaning and enlighten us to some element of the human condition. This workshop introduces the art of assemblage: using found images, themes, and details from life to create stories that bring the reader fully awake.

Paula Coomer is a poet and literary fiction writer. A long-time teacher of writing, she has been a nominee for the Pulitzer, the Pushcart, and several other awards. Books include Jagged Edge of the Sky, Dove Creek, Summer of Government Cheese, Nurses Who Love English, and Blue Moon Vegetarian. Paula lives in the tiny village of Garfield, Washington, where she coaches writers and organizes and facilitates Clearwater Writers, a retreat program on the Wild and Scenic Clearwater River near Syringa, Idaho. Her second collection of short stories, Somebody Should Have Scolded the Girl, is scheduled for a September 2019 release (Fawkes Press).

KEEP ‘EM HANGING – Matthew Sullivan

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This workshop will focus on how writers of literary and genre fiction can use suspense to create more compelling work and intensify the reading experience. Topics will include perspectives on economy and pacing, plot escalation, character development, and the role that structure can play in ratcheting up reader expectations.

Matthew Sullivan’s debut novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (Scribner) won the 2018 Colorado Book Award and was an IndieNext pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, and a Goodreads Choice Award finalist (Debut Novel). His essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times (Modern Love), The Daily Beast, Lit Hub, Joyland, The Masters Review, The Florida Review, Fugue, and many other places. He grew up in Colorado, received his M.F.A. from the University of Idaho, and since 2003 he has been teaching writing, literature, and film at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.

Check-in at Wenatchi Hall opens at 8:00 a.m. Feel free to step in and out of ongoing workshops for your critique appointment. At noon, enjoy an informal box lunch.


If you would like to schedule a 20-minute personal writing critique session with either one of the presenters, please submit your manuscript excerpt directly to them by email, as an attachment.

Send up to 10 pages in Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced. Please submit the opening pages of your fiction work. Indicate whether they are the start of a short story or longer work.

Send your pages by March 15th to either Paula or Matthew. Please use the email subject line: Wenatchee WOTR April 6th Workshop

Paula Coomer: coom1286@hotmail.com


Matthew Sullivan: mickmatthew@hotmail.com