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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-293-9215.Upcoming Events. Posted on October 20, 2015.
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.Upcoming Events. Posted on August 16, 2015.
Write On The River presents the next installment of Four Minutes of Fame on Tuesday, August 25 at O’Grady’s Pantry at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth.
Four Minutes of Fame is a casual and enjoyable evening of local writers reading their original works.
Networking begins at 6:00pm 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 August 19. After that, reading spots are open to the public.
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 email@example.com or 509-293-9215.
Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady Resort, steeped in historical charm and natural beauty, is an ideal setting for sharing great writing. The resort has generously offered us the newly expanded granite patio at O’Grady’s Pantry for the evening. So come early and enjoy light local cuisine and Northwest wines, beers, and spirits while listening to local writers share their works.
O’Grady’s is located 2.6 miles from town, on Icicle Road at the entrance to Sleeping Lady.top, Upcoming Events. Posted on July 23, 2015.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-293-9215.Upcoming Events. Posted on March 11, 2015.
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 “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.”
Dan 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!Upcoming Events. Posted on January 21, 2015.
It’s back: 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!
There are two categories: Fiction and Nonfiction. Entries are short – 1000 word limit for each – so it just takes a little bit of time to show us your best and throw your hat in the ring. The prize money (generously donated by Alcoa) is awarded as follows: $300 for 1st place in each category, $200 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd.
You can also choose to take advantage of an awesome additional opportunity: for only $20, you can receive thoughtful, constructive written feedback from three of our judges!
The competition is open to any writer who lives in Washington State. Entries are due February 18.
Good luck, writers!
Click here to download the official ENTRY FORM.Upcoming Events. Posted on January 7, 2015.
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.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo local group)
Four Minutes of Fame Open Mic Night!
Write Here, Write NowConference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on August 8, 2014.
WRITE ON THE RIVER
FOUR MINUTES OF FAME
THURSDAY AUGUST 7, 7:00 to 9:00
@ PYBUS MARKET
Join old friends and meet some new ones in the latest installment of our always-fun, ever-entertaining and endlessly-popular Four Minutes of Fame Open Mic reading nights!
We’ll be at Upper Eastside Coffee on March, 20…opens at 6:30, readings start at 7:00. Yummy snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
Read up to four minutes of a story, memoir, passage or poem you’re working on – or just come and enjoy hearing the work of others! This is not a critique session or poetry slam, but just a fun and casual way to meet other writers and hear what others in our community are doing.
Time slots at the microphone are limited, and always fill up. Write On The River Members can sign up beginning February 20 (click here to learn about becoming a Member). Non-members can reserve any remaining slots on March 10.
See you there!