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Conference Registration OPEN!

The time has finally arrived…registration for the 2014 Write On The River Conference is now OPEN! Join us May 16,17 and 18 for two-and-a-half days of content-packed workshops, world-class faculty, agent and publisher pitch appointments, and a year’s worth of inspiration.  No matter what or why you write, the Write On The River Conference will bring you to the next level. Last year we sold out – and valued pitch appointments with our agent and editor are first-come, first-served – so don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Register today! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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Conference News. Posted on February 8, 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.

A Matter of Character – guest blog from WOTR faculty Craig English

   Write On The River is pleased to have a guest blog from Craig English, one of the fabulous workshop presenters at this year’s Conference on May 16, 17 and 18. Click HERE to read about Craig and all the other offerings at our Conference.  Click HERE to register for the Conference. Last week, writing the climactic chapter in a novel, I got stuck. Our hero and heroine have tracked down the villain who plans to destroy the world economy. The villain outfoxes them and proceeds to take over the scene. He’s a wily, flamboyant character and it was a lot of fun finally unleashing him. But there the scene ground to a halt. I watched the dust settle and thought . . . now what? Since my muse seemed to be taking a break, I decided to do the same thing and review how I arrived at this stalemate.

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Guest Blog. Posted on April 5, 2014.