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Conference News

An Important Message about our Conference

An Open Letter to Local Writers

Dear fellow writers, friends and WOTR members,

Here in 2018, Write On The River’s twelfth year serving local writers, the board of directors has made some major changes to our programs. Some of you have joined us for our new offerings: a summer garden party, the fall writing retreat, the first of our intensive Saturday workshops, and our monthly meetings, now called Writers Meeting Writers. And there is more to come.

We have suspended the annual conference, however. Some of you have been understandably distressed about that. As the founder of Write On The River, I share your disappointment. We have loved being able to bring a writers’ conference to Wenatchee, and we cherish the experiences we have shared with local writers throughout the years. Some of you who have helped with our conferences know how labor-intensive it is. Combined with the year-round programming offerings, we found that our volunteers just could not continue to devote the time needed for such an intensive annual enterprise.

Typically, work on the conference began in August and we pushed hard through the year to carry it off. While we had several committed volunteers, along with board members, we often found ourselves overwhelmed with the work load. Board member turnover, WOTR members’ busy lives, and the relentless need for marketing, fundraising, and presenter recruitment have brought us to the conclusion that we lack the volunteer base for a writing event of this size. We continue to make our need for volunteers known, such as we did with the board’s message to the attendees of the 2017 conference.

We have also experienced a decline in conference attendance. As a result, some years have been financially difficult. Although we take heart from the contributions of those who are paying members, and despite best efforts in promoting our organization, our membership is not growing. Appeals for donations come from so many organizations; it has been difficult to gain enough donors and members for the conference to remain financially viable.

Still, the board is determined to find the right mix of programming that meets our local writing community’s needs. Through surveys, we’ve heard from you that you’d like opportunities to write together, make writing contacts, and continue to work with talented teachers on a range of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Check out the WOTR website for the offerings we’ve devised to better meet your

 needs this year.

My dream when I moved to Wenatchee was to have a first-class writing conference for North CentralWashington. We’ve loved doing it and still hope that in a future year the conference will return. Dreams are worth pursuing. We hope that if you share that dream, you’ll help us shape and create it.

With best wishes in the writing life,

Kay Kenyon


Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on March 12, 2018.

Writing For Focus

Information from Paula Marie Coomer’s Write on the River, May Conference session; Perseverance in the Writing Life.  Preview her information at paulamariecoomer.com.  Next drop down The Writing Road, then click Writing Like a House Afire.  Jaana Hatton and Pat Turner will facilitate anyone interested in another method of writing.  

Come see what we are about at this informal gathering.

Dates:  Every Thursday, June 15-July 20

Time:   2-3:30

Place:  Pybus Public Market in front of the community kitchen

Bring:  Pen, a journal, and willingness spirit to explore.

Conference News. Posted on June 16, 2017.

2017 Competition Winners

The 6th annual Chelsea Cain High School Writers Competition awarded a $100 prize for the winner, $25 gift certificates from A Book For All Seasons for the two honored finalists, and personally inscribed journals from author Chelsea Cain for all the finalists. All three boys are juniors. Honored finalists are Jorge Rodriguez (Cashmere High School) for “My Three Birthdays” and Logan Reinier (Entiat Middle-High School) for “Willow.” The winner is Chris Danko (Wenatchee High School), who wrote “Swing and a Miss.”
The 9th annual Write on the River Competition, with $1200 in cash awards, featured seven writers, all from north central Washington. An honorable mention for fiction went to Sadonna Heathman for “There Ain’t No Strangers Here.” In nonfiction, the third-place winner was Mary Gallagher for “The Fruit Room. In second place was Rachael Lundin, who wrote “Road Trip!” The first-place winner in nonfiction was Judy Brezina, for “Eliot.” For fiction, in third place was Jen Barger, who wrote “Pocket.” In second place was the author of “The Wedding Cake,” Daniel Klayton. And the first-place fiction winner was Desiree Donohue, author of “The Eighth Day.”
Conference News. Posted on May 26, 2017.

Opportunity for Local Authors

GOT BOOKS? WANT READERS? If you’re attending the conference, we encourage you to bring your published books and join our workshop presenters for an autographing and bookselling reception in Van Tassell Center. That starts at 4:30, after Saturday’s workshops. (Sorry, table space is limited to the first ten authors who apply.)
To be part of the event, please email info@writeontheriver.org with your name and book title(s) if you want to hand-sell at your table. OR, contact A Book For All Seasons (subject line “WOTR book sales”) and for a fee they will handle your sales.
Conference News. Posted on April 7, 2017.

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!



Conference News. Posted on February 3, 2016.

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.



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


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.