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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 the region’s only open mic for 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

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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.