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Conference News

November Meeting Anouncement

There will be no monthly meeting for November, however we’ll be back December 17th. The December meeting, which will be a Christmas party, potluck and gift exchange, will take place at 10:30 AM at the Wenatchee Public Library in the auditorium. Gifts should be writing related and under $20. Come one come all! This will be the perfect opportunity to network and socialize with your fellow local authors. We can have an impromptu question and answer session as well, for those interested.

January’s meeting will take place on the 21st and feature Lorna Rose Hahn who will be sharing markets for Mothers. I’ll post more on this presentation as we get closer to the first of the year.

Conference News. Posted on November 16, 2016.

2016 Write On The River Contest Winners!

In case you missed it, we had another wonderful writing competition this year, full of tremendous talent. The winners have long been announced, but it’s never too late to show off some of the outstanding writers we have here in our community and in our state. Competing with over a hundred entries, these winners rose to the top of an impressive pile to stake their claim to fame (and, hey, a part of the $1200 prize money fortune!). Congrats to our winners and all who bravely put their best literary foot forward…our judges were wowed by the quality of all the entries. Stay tuned this fall for your chance to participate in our 2017 Writer’s Competition!

Click here to read this year’s winning entries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great job, everyone!

Conference News, Event Recaps, top. Posted on August 8, 2016.

Schedule Change: Science Fiction/Fantasy Breakout Session

Due to high interest, Django Wexler’s breakout  (Three Common Problems in writing SF &F) will be offered twice. In addition to the 2:30 session, it will be offered at 1:30 as well. If this new option changes your preference for which breakouts you will attend, please CLICK HERE to change your selections on the Registration Page.

Thank you, and see you in a few weeks!

Conference News. Posted on April 22, 2016.

2016 Writers Competition Finalists!

We’re happy to announce, in alphabetical order, all the finalists in the 2016 Write On The River Writers Competition. The 1st,2nd and 3rd place awards for fiction and nonfiction will be announced at the May 14 Writers Conference. Check back here in early May to read the winning submissions and learn more about the authors.

Courtney Burke “You”
Desire’e Donohue “The Nova Project”
Eron Drew “Tattoo” (Honorable Mention)
Lauren Loebsack “The Last Boy”
Robert Longmeier “The Face in the Window”
Kay Pearson “August Reveries”
Ruth Watkins “Welcome to the Family”

Conference News. Posted on April 7, 2016.

2016 Writers Competition – Final Reminder!

Time’s running out to enter the 2016 Writers Competition! All entries are due by February 12th, so get those fingers flying!

Submit your most polished, promising piece of prose or nonfiction. With $1,200 in prize money, our contest is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries will be honored on our website and at our May 2016 Conference.

This contest is open to any writer living in Washington state. Entries must be in the mail by February 12, so don’t delay.

Good luck, and happy writing!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM AND CONTEST DEADLINES:

WriteOnTheRiver2016Competition

Conference News. Posted on February 3, 2016.

January Workshop: Bring Your Characters to Life with the Enneagram System!

aea_enneagram_diagram_2The ancient system of personality typing known as the Enneagram offers a powerful technical tool for developing original and dimensional characters. Familiarity with the nine basic types can help writers sharpen conflicts between characters to make dramatic situations more compelling. Being aware of the connections between story genres and Enneagram types provides insights into why we are drawn to create thrillers, romantic comedies, science fiction or other kinds of stories.

Join Write On The River and noted children’s author Claire Rudolph Murphy on January 30 from 9:00am-Noon for this illuminating, inspiring workshop to push your characters deeper and your writing further.

This workshop will introduce writers to this system and how it can apply to fiction and nonfiction characters and provide insight into one’s own writing life.

REGISTER NOW!

COST

Only $15 for Write On The River Members (JOIN NOW!), $50 for non-members

BREAKDOWN

First hour: Intro to the nine enneagram types. Participants will identify their own type and then reflect on how one’s type affects the writing life. Understanding one’s enneagram type can help a writer identify work patterns and positive changes to their natural operating system.

05fbc72Second hour: Further discussion about the nine types and how this it can be used to develop characters – both fiction and nonfiction. Participants will spend time brainstorming ways to apply this information to a personal writing project, especially in developing plot and character.

Third hour: Small and large group sharing of these new ideas and possible additional time for writing. Workshop wrap-up: final questions and feedback and suggestions for moving forward with this system.

Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on January 4, 2016.

2016 Writers Competition is OPEN!

It is once again time to announce Write On The River’s annual Writers Competition!

Submit your most polished, promising piece of prose or nonfiction. With $1,200 in prize money, our contest is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries will be honored on our website and at our May 2016 Conference.

This contest is open to any writer living in Washington state. Entries must be in the mail by February 12, so don’t delay.

Good luck, and happy writing!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM AND CONTEST DEADLINES:

WriteOnTheRiver2016Competition

Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on December 8, 2015.

November “Four Minutes of Fame” is Coming Up!

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Join Write On The River and your vibrant local writing community for a rousing evening of words and warmth on Thursday, November 19. We’re back with the latest installment of our always-popular “Four Minutes of Fame” events. Share writing of your own or just enjoy the writing of others in a friendly, social environment. The charmingly cozy and urbane Upper Eastside Coffee Company will be hosting us, so delightful drinks and toothsome treats will be available as well. Come one, come all…escape the gray chill of the fall and enjoy a literary evening with us!

Socializing starts at 6:30, and readings will begin at 7:00.

Write On The River Members are given first priority for reading slots (click here to Become a Member). If you’d like to read, please contact Susan at info@writeontheriver.org or call 509-293-9215.

Conference News. Posted on October 20, 2015.

September Workshop: “Keys to Killer Storytelling!”

Whether you’re a writer of fiction or memoir, the ability to tell a compelling story that connects with your readers is everything.
Join popular speaker, author and editor Ray Rhamey for this essential Write On The River Workshop.

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Keys to Killer Storytelling“, A Write On The River Workshop Featuring Author and Editor Ray Rhamey
Saturday, Sept 26th, 9am – 12noon
Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchi Hall, Room #2106
What to expect?
The morning will be casual and fun, with three 50-minute sessions:

Part 1: The Key to Creating a Page-turner You’ll examine the single most important element for driving a compelling narrative and how it operates to create tension in the story . . . and the reader. Ray takes you through the elements you can use to craft a first page that readers want to turn, including a look at opening in media res.
Part 2: Experiential Description Experiential description is Ray’s technique for description that does far more than simply describe. You’ll see how it can characterize, and how it operates to make descriptions of place, action, and people come alive in ways that deepen the story experience for the reader. You’ll write descriptions of place, action, and people in a scenario.
Part 3: Dynamic Dialogue Ray starts with best-practice usage of dialogue tags and then digs deeper with an exploration of how to use “dialogue beats” to characterize, add dimension and subtext, advance the story, and more. Then you’ll write a short piece that puts it all together.

Cost: $15 for members, $50 for non members (which includes a $35 membership)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Ray Rhamey is a freelance editor and author of Mastering the Craft of Compelling Storytelling. He also writes novels—The Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles, a satire of vampiredom, The Summer Boy, a coming-of-age story spiced with mystery, and Finding Magic, a contemporary fantasy thriller. He is also a book designer (covers, interiors, ebooks) and lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Conference News. Posted on August 16, 2015.