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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.

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)


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.

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.

Spring “Four Minutes of Fame” Open Mic Event!

Write On The River presents the next installment of Four Minutes of Fame on Thursday, March 19 at Milepost 111 Brewing Company in Cashmere.

Four Minutes of Fame is a casual and enjoyable evening of local writers reading their original works.

Networking begins at 6:30pm followed by readings beginning at 7pm.  Opportunities to read are open to all, but they are limited, scheduled in advance, and available to Write On The River Members first, through March 13. After that reading spots are open to the public.

There is no cost to attend, and beer, wine, and tasty meals will be available all evening. Come and delight in an open mic night for writers! Sign up to read your poetry, essay, short fiction, journal entry, or novel excerpt. Or simply come and listen. This is not a competition, performance, slam, or critique, just a friendly evening among local writers.

Want to become a Member?  It’s easy! Join at http://writeontheriver.org/members/become-a-member.  Sign up for microphone time or get more information at info@writeontheriver.org or 509-293-9215.

Conference News. Posted on March 11, 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.

Book Launch Party and signing for WOTR Success Story!

Write On The River is proud to announce the Book Launch Party and first book signing for our very own Dan Gemeinhart! His launch party and book signing will be Saturday, January 24th at 4pm at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee. Copies of his book will be for sale at the event, which will be open to the public.

His debut novel for children, The Honest Truth, is being nationally published by Scholastic Press. It has already gotten a lot of positive attention, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly, being chosen as one of Apple’s HonestTruthCover“Top 20 Books” for the month of January, and being selected by the American Bookseller’s Association as one of their top 10 “New Voices” books for Winter/Spring 2015.  The story is set, at least partly, in Wenatchee. Here’s the Amazon blurb for the book: “In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He’s got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day. But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all. Mark is sick. The kind of sick that means hospitals. And treatments. The kind of sick some people never get better from. So Mark runs away. He leaves home with his camera, his notebook, his dog, and a plan to reach the top of Mount Rainier–even if it’s the last thing he ever does. The Honest Truth is a rare and extraordinary novel about big questions, small moments, and the incredible journey of the human spirit.

headshot.example6SmallerDan has been involved with Write On The River since first attending the conference several years ago. He credits Write On The River directly with his writing success. “My first WOTR conference was inspiring, life-changing and eye-opening. The conferences have provided me with inspiration and knowledge – and I even met my agent at the conference! Publishing this book has been an absolute dream come true, and it very well may not have happened without Write On The River.” Dan has spent the last several years on the Write On The River Board of Directors, and has served as “Agent and Editor Coordinator” at our conference – if you’ve had any pitch appointments over the years, he’s the one who walked you in!

Join us at Pybus on Saturday, January 24th at 4:00 to help Dan celebrate this milestone – and pick up a copy of his book!


Conference News. Posted on January 21, 2015.