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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.

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 theirPrint 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!



#1  Truth Be Told    Susan Gillin, Wenatchee
#2  Ghanima    Eron Drew, Leavenworth
#3  On The Beach at La Playa   Jake Lodato, Malaga
#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
Conference News. Posted on April 12, 2014.

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!





Conference News. Posted on February 8, 2014.

2014 Conference Registration Open for Members!

Registration is NOW OPEN for Members for our 2014 Write On The River Writing Conference!

The Conference is May 16, 17 and 18 and features Keynote Jess Walter, two days of workshops from a world-class faculty, pitch opportunities with a literary agent and publishing editor, networking opportunities, and inspiration and education to spare.  Click here to read about this year’s workshops.

Don’t miss your chance at what could be the highlight of your best writing year yet!

This Early Bird Registration is for Write On The River Members only (but becoming a Member is easy…CLICK HERE!).  General Registration will start on February 8.


Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on February 1, 2014.

2014 Writers’ Contest Opens!

Write On The River is thrilled to announce the opening of our 2014 Writers’ Competition!  Open to any Washington State resident, our annual competition has two divisions (Fiction and Nonfiction) and $1,200 in prize money (generously donated by Alcoa).

PrintThere is a 1,000 word limit for both divisions, so sharpen those red pens.  First Place in each division wins $300, Second Place wins $200, and Third Place wins $100.  Want some great constructive feedback on your writing?  For an additional $20 you can choose to receive written critiques from three judges!

Polish those pieces and get them to us by February 21, 2014.  Besides the cash prizes, placing in our competition can also be a confidence booster, profile raiser, and writing resume builder!  Winners will be published on our website, and will also be publicly recognized at our May 2014 Conference Keynote Address – great exposure for you and your writing.

For complete rules and guidelines, download the Competition Entry Form HERE.

To see the caliber of previous winners, check them out HERE.

Happy Writing, and Good Luck!

Conference News. Posted on December 9, 2013.

High School Writers’ Competition Winners Chosen!

HIGH SCHOOL WRITERS:  Our team of judges found fiction writing to be alive and well among area high school students!  They are pleased to announce the winner and two excellent “runners up.”

CONGRATULATIONS for the winning submissions (you can read these on our website May 1)
First Place and $100 prizeFinding Mr. Weston by Bridget Dowd, a Wenatchee High School junior
Honorable MentionNo More Lies by Whitney Killoran, an Eastmont High School junior
Honorable Mention: Our Unsymmetrical House by Kimberly Smith, a 9th Grader at Eastmont Junior High School

THANKS to all of you who sent your best work to the competition. Keep on writing, revising and writing some more (it’s what we do!). You will receive a written critique within a few weeks from professional author and workshop presenter Katherine Grace Bond.

The Wenatchee area is lucky to have such an inspiring group of young, talented writers…way to go!


Conference News. Posted on April 29, 2013.

New WOTR blog from Jamie Howell!

Jamie HowellWe invite you to stop in each week to laugh, learn, commiserate and collude with accomplished writer, filmmaker and musician Jamie Howell. We’ll join him as he takes on the long odds and long hours required to break through as a novelist, bringing his irreverent and insightful writing style to the official Write On The River blog. His award-winning documentaries, syndicated columns and years of reporting and editing have all led to this latest project – his pursuit of a best-selling novel. New blog entries will post every Thursday morning. Stop by the site, or subscribe here to receive them in your email. There’s even a video version where Jamie will read them to you himself. We hope you’ll enjoy and feel free to join the conversation.

Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on April 18, 2013.

J.A. Jance Headlines Conference as Keynote

Write On The River is North Central Washington’s only writing conference.  Two days of content-packed workshops with professional editors, successful agents, bestselling authors and nationally-acclaimed speakers, Write On The River is the best way to hone your craft, build your dream and move your writing forward.  Whether your goal is to be a published author, write articles for a local magazine, develop your poetry, or simply write for your own enjoyment, Write On The River has something for you.  Held every May on the beautiful Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington, Write On The River is a writing conference not to be missed!


Our 2013 Conference featuring Keynote Speaker J.A. Jance will be May 17, 18 & 19.  With a world-class faculty including three N.Y. Times Bestselling authors, writers featured on Oprah and NPR, and renowned writing instructors from all over the world, it promises to be a highlight of your writing year.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a literary agent and a book publisher.  CLICK HERE to see the line-up of workshops, and HERE to read about our exciting faculty of Presenters.

Conference News. Posted on March 23, 2013.

G.M. Ford Wowed Writers at March Members-Only Event!

More than 34 writers turned out to learn survival tactics from acclaimed author G.M. Ford during a special, two-hour Intensive Workshop for Write On The River Members on March 9.  Mr. Ford, the author of many popular mystery and thriller books, was a popular workshop presenter at our 2007 Conference.

Mr. Ford’s workshop was entitled, “A Survival Handbook for Writers.”
Highlights of the engaging, up-close view of the writing life and publication will included:

Getting straight with yourself about what you want out of your writing efforts.

Making sure your skill set matches your dreams, and what to do if it doesn’t.

Understanding the business that publishers are in and how rejection is not personal.

Digital vs. traditional publishing.

What neurobiology tells us about the role of storytelling in human affairs.

Coming to grips with reader expectations and how to meet those expectations.

What to do if it doesn’t work.

With humor and the expertise gleaned from a long career, G.M. for will help you survive the writing life.
Optional but fun: Ford will e-mail registrants a fun exercise to try before the workshop.


Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on February 10, 2013.

2013 High School Writers’ Competition Opens!


Write On The River’s 2nd annual High School Writers Competition is open to all students grades 9-12 in North Central Educational Service District (NCESD). That means every student in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties, and includes anyone enrolled in WVC’s Running Start program through one of those 26 high schools. This year, five local teachers, at Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan, Wenatchee, and Eastmont high schools, are especially encouraging their writing students to participate and making information available in the classroom. Students may enter any original work of prose fiction, up to 1000 words in length by March 30 — a short story or the first chapter of a longer work, any genre or style. Complete submission guidelines, judging criteria, entry forms and mail-in information will all be posted on the WOTR website www.writeontheriver.org starting February 1. The fee to submit work is $10.

Anyone who submits work to the competition can automatically enroll for free in the Saturday May 18 High School Writers Workshop entitled “Creating Fiction Using Ingredients You Already Have in Your Own Brain ” presented by award-winning author Katherine Grace Bond (you can also choose not to write for the competition and simply register for the High School workshop for $10.)

The winning writer will receive $100, and two Honorable Mentions will also be named. Those three students and five more selected by the judges will have an unprecedented opportunity to boost their writing skills — Ms. Bond will write full critiques of the selected submissions, and then host a private “working writers’ luncheon” with those eight individual writers directly after the morning workshop.

This competition was initiated by 2011 WOTR conference presenter Chelsea Cain, a widely published NY Times best selling author and strong believer in the potential of young writers. She pledged $1000 over ten years to encourage our local high school students. Then, 2012 Conference presenters Susan Wingate and Terri Persun were so impressed by the Chelsea Cain award winner they offered special funding to enhance the morning workshop with the individual critiques and luncheon!


Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on February 4, 2013.