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Conference News

A very big “THANK YOU!”

Our annual conference was a huge success, and we’d like to thank all the presenters, attendees, sponsors, and volunteers who made it happen. THANK YOU! We could not have done it without your support and involvement.

And thanks to all who joined us on Saturday evening for our 10th birthday party! We are looking forward to the next 10 years!

As always, we have a full slate of awesome events coming up this summer and fall. Stay tuned to our Facebook, e-newsletter, and this website for all the dates and times for upcoming meet-ups, workshops, events and Four Minutes of Fame open mic nights.

Happy Writing!

Conference News. Posted on May 23, 2015.

Congrats to our 2015 Writing Competition Winners!

Applaud Write On The River’s Winning Writers!
Top awards for short fiction and nonfiction in the 2015 ALCOA Competition go to six local literary artists. Jen Barger, Marlene Farrell, David Hammond, Janna Hatton, Jake Lodato and Lloyd Smith will receive a share of $1200 in cash prizes at the opening of the Conference on Saturday May 16.
CLICK HERE to read their winning entries.
Their younger counterparts submitting work to the group’s Chelsea Cain Fiction Competition will also be recognized at that ceremony. They are Juan Gaspar Martin Jr., a senior at Wenatchee High School; Ellen Perleberg, a sophomore at Cashmere High School (Honorable Mentions) and the $100 prize winner, Edan Patterson, a junior at Wenatchee High School in WVC’s Running Start program.
Congratulations to our wonderful winners, and thanks to all who threw their writerly hat in the ring!
Conference News. Posted on April 22, 2015.

Join 10 Local Authors for exciting signing event this Saturday!

Come on down to Pybus Public Market this Saturday, February 28 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM to meet and mingle with other local writers, have a shot at some great door prizes, and get some books signed by 10 great local authors!

This“Think Local Authors First”event, sponsored by A Book for All Seasons and Write On the River, is a semi-annual event at Pybus Market.

From Science Fiction and Fantasy to Regional and Children’s books, you will find a book you can take home … and a chance to visit with the author.

Award winning Kay Kenyon and Trish McCallan, well-loved children author Robert Wells and first-time author Dan Gemeinhart highlight the impressive field of local writers.

See you there!

Conference News. Posted on February 23, 2015.

2015 High School Writing Competition is OPEN!

2014 Winner Kimberly Smith, 2013 winner and award presenter Bridget Dowd, Honorable Mention Edan Patterson (not pictured: Honorable Mention Ella Hall)

2014 Winner Kimberly Smith, 2013 winner and award presenter Bridget Dowd, Honorable Mention Edan Patterson (not pictured: Honorable Mention Ella Hall)


The 4th Annual 2015 High School Writers Competition opens this week!
  • $100 cash award
  • for 9-12th graders in Chelan and Douglas County
  • no entry fee
  • short fiction (1000 word maximum)
Submissions are due by March 31 
CLICK HERE to read last year’s winning entries
Click HERE for guidelines and entry form
Conference News. Posted on February 2, 2015.

Conference Registration NOW OPEN!

Are you ready for the highlight of your writing year? Are you ready to be inspired and empowered by a world-class faculty and take your writing to the next level? Are you ready to spend an invigorating day in the company of a friendly crowd of your fellow local writers?

Registration for our 2015 Conference is NOW OPEN!20130518-259B0866


Literary Agency Representative and Editor appointments are limited and assigned in order of registration, so register today!

Click HERE to see descriptions of this year’s outstanding workshops.

Click HERE to learn more about our esteemed faculty.

See you in May!


Conference News. Posted on January 29, 2015.

January Members Event Open!

Join Write On The River for a lively, timely workshop on how to successfully bring your book to market!
A Self-Publishing Primer,” taught by Theresa Monsey, will be on Saturday January 24 from 9;00am to 12:00 in Van Tassel Center on the Wenatchee Valley College campus (free parking).
The cost for this three hour workshop is only $15 for WOTR members/$50 for non-members.
Mini-workshops (Part 1 and Part 2) are about 75 minutes each — come for either or both for one price.
 This two-part workshop reviews the steps you’ll take to distribute and market your writing without a bricks & mortar publisher.  Whether its your first-time glimpse into the intricacies of internet publishing or you’re a seasoned pro who needs some more  tactics, you’ll find value and new ideas. Theresa’s similar January 2014 workshop got rave reviews from a packed room — come on back for a refresher!
Part 1 9:00 The Basics: Getting Started
Part 2 10:30 Moving On To Publication
You won’t want to miss this content-packed, high-quality workshop!
Conference News. Posted on December 22, 2014.

2015 Alcoa Writers Competition Opens!

It’s back again: the Alcoa Write On The River Writers Competition!  Polish your prose and give us your best for a chance to win your share of the $1200 in prize money!  Entries are due February 18.

Good luck, writers!

Click here to download the official ENTRY FORM.

Conference News. Posted on November 21, 2014.

Four Minutes of Fame is Back!

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 20 from 7-9pm for our fall “Four Minutes of Fame” event — a chance to share your words with the world.  These are some of Write On The River’s most popular events, and for good reason!

Read anything – your poetry, essay, short fiction, journal entry, memoir, novel excerpt. it’s casual, it’s easy, and it’s free.

Enjoy a fun, social way to try out your writing – this is not a slam, critique session, performance, or competition.

Don’t want to read? You’re welcome to listen and enjoy the work of local writers!

Join us for this seasonal event at the newly remodeled Upper East Side Coffee Company (corner of Grant and Kentucky) in East Wenatchee. Gather after 6:30, readings start at 7:00. Light suppers, wine and beer are available all evening.

Sixteen reading slots are available. WOTR members sign up first, from now until November 11, and non-members may take available times after that. Want to become a member? Go to writeontheriver.org — you’ll find several other good reasons to join!

Email info@writeontheriver or call (509)293.9215

Conference News. Posted on October 23, 2014.

Saturday Agent Event Cancelled

Write On The River regretfully announces that we have to cancel our Saturday September 27 Member Event at Van Tassel Hall. The guest agent and speaker, Genevieve Nine, is unable to attend due to a death in the family and sends her apologies.
(Refunds will be sent to anyone who has pre-registered.)

Remember that you can register now for our upcoming Members Workshop, “Walk and Write On The River,” an outdoor literary adventure with Derek Sheffield, Saturday October 11, 9:30 to 12:30.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Conference News. Posted on September 23, 2014.

A Full Slate of Upcoming Fall Events!

Write On The River is thrilled to announce a great schedule of upcoming events for writers in our region.  With not one but two Member events, a book-signing extravaganza, a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) group, and another Four Minutes of Fame open mic night, you have a lot of options for awesome literary activities to get your creative juices flowing.
Some of these events are still getting fleshed out, so be sure to check back here for updates, registration, etc.  The dates are set, though, so get them on your calendar now!

Walk and Write On The River!

Saturday October 11 from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Douglas County  Administration  Center,  140 19th St NW  in East Wenatchee (go west at the light) and the East Side Loop Trail. An outdoor literary adventure perfect for an autumn morning! Preview by naturalist, poet and WVC English professor Derek Sheffield, a “walk and write”  on the banks of the Columbia River, ending with your sack lunch and an hour of (optional) readouts and guided commentary. Fiction and nonfiction writers as well as poets will love this feet-on, hands-on, workshop.

Members $15, non-members $50

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo local group)

What is NaNoWriMo?  An international, month-long writing fest!  Join millions of other people across the globe and try to write an entire novel, start to finish from scratch, in the month of November.  It is free and fun and absolutely crazy.  Write On The River will again be hosting a local “support group” which will commiserate, collaborate, and get together for celebrations, write-ins, and more.  Email Dan at writeontheriverweb@gmail.com for more info!  Check out the official site for all the fun details: www.nanowrimo.org

Four Minutes of Fame Open Mic Night!

Join other local writers for another installment of our popular “Writers Meeting Writers” public reading nights.  Listen to others share short samples of their work, or take the plunge and sign up to share a little of your own.  This event is tentatively scheduled for November 20th, 7:00-9:00 pm.  Location is still TBD, so keep checking to get the latest!
So Much Writerly Fun Coming Up!

Write Here, Write Now

Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on August 8, 2014.