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Event Recaps

2016 Write On The River Contest Winners!

In case you missed it, we had another wonderful writing competition this year, full of tremendous talent. The winners have long been announced, but it’s never too late to show off some of the outstanding writers we have here in our community and in our state. Competing with over a hundred entries, these winners rose to the top of an impressive pile to stake their claim to fame (and, hey, a part of the $1200 prize money fortune!). Congrats to our winners and all who bravely put their best literary foot forward…our judges were wowed by the quality of all the entries. Stay tuned this fall for your chance to participate in our 2017 Writer’s Competition!

Click here to read this year’s winning entries!





















Great job, everyone!

Conference News, Event Recaps, top. Posted on August 8, 2016.

Members Brave the Smoke for a Great September Members-Only Event

Despite that persistent and terrible wildfire smoke in Wenatchee, Write On The River Members came out for an inspiring and informative workshop in September.  Focused on Dialogue and Description an facilitated by writing guru Ray Rhamey, attendees learned how to add dimension and characterization to description of scenes and characters, and how to better create the experience of the story in a reader’s mind.  Full of concrete examples and fun scenarios, participants left with specific techniques to hone and improve their writing.  This was a Members-Only event…to learn more about the benefits of Write On The River membership (and sign up!), click here.

Event Recaps. Posted on October 23, 2012.

Brave Novel Writers Kick Off an Ambitious Month

Write On The River’s courageous cadre of WriMos (National Novel Writing Month participants) met last weekend at the Coffee Cabin in Wenachee, WA to kick off what is sure to be an insane but inspiring month.  They’ve each pledged to attempt to write a 50,000 word minimum novel, start to finish, during the month of November.  This international challenge (millions have participated worldwide – hundreds of thousands every year) is a fun, frenzied way to get to blow the cobwebs off your writing life and get a completed rough draft in your hands.  With a lot of work, everyone in the group will have a manuscript in hand to pitch at the Write On The River Writing Conference in May!

Seven-twelfths of our ambitious Write On the River NaNoWriMo group

This is the first year that Write On The River has organized a NaNoWriMo group, and we’re thrilled with the level of participation and enthusiasm among local writers.  Besides the seven stalwart individuals in the picture (plus one who left before the picture), the group includes four more who could not make the meeting.

Coffee was consumed, introductions made, tips and advice were offered, ideas were exchanged, and lots of hearty good luck was wished.  We also set the date for a mid-month Write-In at Caffe Mela to re-connect, encourage one another, and add some more words to our word count.  Feel free to join us whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or not!   The Write-In will be November 18th at 4:30.

Wish us all good luck and great writing – we’ll need plenty of both!

Event Recaps. Posted on October 30, 2011.

Fall Members-Only Event an Inspiring Success!

Members-Only First Page Critique Session, September 29, 2011

Larry Brooks and Kay Kenyon, both widely published authors and both wise in the ways of presenting winning manuscripts to publishers, read aloud and then spontaneously critiqued 16 anonymously contributed “first pages” at the fall Members-Only event. In a spacious conference room at the North Central Education Service District building in Wenatchee, they shared the task of giving real life, real time, professional reaction to the beginnings of literary and commercial novels, short stories, memoirs, and even children’s books. Sometimes disagreeing with each other (“a little bit like Simon and Paula,” quipped Brooks) they offered consistently helpful insight. The 30 audience members, half of them writers with pages undergoing scrutiny, enjoyed wine and snacks and each others’ company for what was essentially a 2 hour master class in story telling. The September 29 event is one of three planned for the year to thank members and offer them a unique and writing-rich experience.  Become a Write on the River Member to be sure you don’t miss out on another opportunity like this one!

Event Recaps. Posted on September 29, 2011.