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Write On The River is thrilled to announce the opening of our 2014 Writers’ Competition! Open to any Washington State resident, our annual competition has two divisions (Fiction and Nonfiction) and $1,200 in prize money (generously donated by Alcoa). There is a 1,000 word limit for both divisions, so sharpen those red pens. First Place in each division wins $300, Second Place wins $200, and Third Place wins $100. Want some great constructive feedback on your writing? For an additional $20 you can choose to receive written critiques from three judges! Polish those pieces and get them to us by February 21, 2014. Besides the cash prizes, placing in our competition can also be a confidence booster, profile raiser, and writing resume builder! Winners will be published on our website, and will also be publicly recognized at our May 2014 Conference Keynote Address. For complete rules and guidelines, download the CompetitionConference News. Posted on December 9, 2013.
Write On The River presents the next installment of Four Minutes of Fame: Writers Meeting Writers, sponsored by Sligar Excavation, on Thursday, November 14 at Caffé Mela, 17 North Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee. Four Minutes of Fame is a casual, affordable, and enjoyable evening of local writers reading their original poetry and prose. Socializing starts at 6:30pm followed by readings beginning at 7pm. Opportunities to read an original work are open to all, but they are limited. Time slots are scheduled in advance and available to Write On The River Members first, through November 8. Not a Member? Join at: www.writeontheriver.org. Sign up for microphone time, or get more information at email@example.com or 509-293-9215. There is no cost to attend, but donations are warmly accepted at the door. Items from Caffe Mela’s evening menu will be available for purchase throughout the event.Upcoming Events. Posted on October 24, 2013.
A former colleague of mine, aggravated by my utter inability to show up at 8 a.m. and stick around until 5, blew his stack at me once. “Do you think you’re special? Do you think the rules don’t apply to you?!” I remember him saying.
The questions were valid because, deep down, yes, I do indeed harbor the notion that I am special and, as for rules, the idea of punching a time clock every day is, to me, the same as hiring a hit-man to take out your soul.
This was the belief system that led me to stop working for other people back in the 90s. I just wasn’t built for it. But the realization that one cannot or will not work in the same way everybody else does can be laden with a certain guilt, a fear that one is a lazy, unmotivated dreamer, slacking in my very DNA. Keep Reading »
Hemingway didn’t drink and write. He wrote and drank, in that order. That’s an important point.
That mythical image of Hemingway typing away, utterly relaxed, condensation beading on a chilled martini, is one I grew up loving. Turns out, it’s utter fantasy. Didn’t happen. The man drank, alright, but he didn’t drink and write.
Some dumbass reporter once asked him if it was true that he went to work with a pitcher of martinis every day. An irate Hemingway shot back the following quote: “Jeezus Christ! Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he worked? You’re thinking of Faulkner. He does sometimes – and I can tell right in the middle of the page when he’s had his first one. Besides, who in hell would mix more than one martini at a time?” Keep Reading »Howell at the Moon: The Blog. Posted on September 12, 2013.