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Conference News

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.

2016 Writers Competition is OPEN!

It is once again time to announce Write On The River’s annual Writers Competition!

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, Upcoming Events. Posted on December 8, 2015.

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.