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Conference News

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.

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.