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Upcoming Events

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.

Upcoming Events. Posted on March 11, 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!


Upcoming Events. Posted on January 21, 2015.

January Members Workshop: Self-Publishing Primer!

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!
Upcoming Events. Posted on January 7, 2015.

2015 Writers Competition!

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.

Click here to read about the 2014 Writers Competition.

Upcoming Events. Posted on January 7, 2015.

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!

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Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on August 8, 2014.

Summertime Four Minutes of Fame!




THURSDAY AUGUST 7, 7:00 to 9:00


(at the foot of Orondo in Wenatchee)
We’ve traveled all over the place with “Four Minutes of Fame” (aka “Writers Meeting Writers”) in the last six years:  Caffe Mela, Weeds, Van Tassel Center, The Ruby Theater, Milepost 111, Snapdragon, Upper Eastside Coffee Company, Sleeping Lady. . .and this August  we’re giving Wenatchee’s Pybus Market a try!
Sign up soon and join fellow writers for a free, informal evening of readings — bring your own poetry or prose, timed to four minutes, and enjoy the camaraderie of other writers! Or, you can choose to be part of an audience of listeners.  (Note: This is not a slam, a critique session, or a competition)
Readings start at 7:00. Delectable food and beverages are available at Pybus– so come early and sample the wares (South offers to stay open late for us)
There are 16 reading slots available — Write on the River members sign up first between July 15 and July 31, then reading times are available to the general public.
For details or sign-up, Call 509.293.9215 or email info@writeontheriver.com.
Upcoming Events. Posted on June 18, 2014.

March Four Minutes of Fame – Writers Meeting Writers!

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.

To reserve your reading slot, contact Susan at info@writeontheriver.org or 509-293-9215

See you there!

Upcoming Events. Posted on February 17, 2014.

Local Author Book Signing Bonanza @ Pybus Market!


Join fifteen local authors on Saturday, February 8 for a book signing at Pybus Public Market from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

There will be a special door prize drawing at 2:00.

Authors include Derek Sheffield, Bill Layman, Theresa Monsey, Robert Wells and Kay Kenyon.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet and talk writing with a whole cadre of successful local authors in the unique and lively atmosphere that only Pybus Public Market can provide.

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A Special Thanks to Pybus Public Market and A Book For All Seasons!
Other authors signing will be: Haley Whitehall, Connie Michael, Nate Grant, Robert Anderson, Dorothy Jean Schroeder, Bob O’Reilly, Amy Warwick, Dave Peckham, Donna Lee Anderson, Sandy Jarvis and Barbara deRubertis.
Upcoming Events. Posted on February 6, 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.

Registration OPEN for January Members’ Workshop!

Fulfill your dream of making a living as a writer!

Want to learn the ins and outs of making it on your own in the wild world of publishing?  Want to see if and how self-publishing could be right for you, and lead to your dream of being a full-time writer?  Learn from the wisdom of a highly-successful local in our January Member Workshop: The Professional Self-Publisher!  Join us on Saturday, January 25 for a special workshop that just might change your life.

This workshop is designed to teach the attendees the business of self-publishing. It will cover the genres that do the best in self-publishing, the essential elements that go into presenting a professional product, and the most strategic ways to upload your books to the various distribution sites. We’ll touch on effective pricing, how to successfully launch a new book, understanding Amazon’s algorithms and knowing how to use them to your advantage, as well as the various strategies and paid promotions that deliver the strongest results. There will be a companion handbook with additional information that won’t be covered in the workshop, including an amazon rank to sales chart, (so you can figure out how much a book or author is actually earning) as well as a list of professional and reasonably priced cover artists, editors and formatter.

The workshop will be from 9 to noon at Wenatchee Valley College, in Wenatchi Hall Room 2106 (Arniel Lecture Hall).  The workshop is open to all Write On The River Members for only $15 (click here to become a Member!).  This is sure to be the best $15 you spend all year.


Our presenter, Theresa Monsey, is superbly and dramatically qualified to lead you to self-publishing success.  Here is her impressive bio:

In September of 2011, under the pen name Trish McCallan, I self-published a high-octane romantic thriller titled Forged in Fire. Over the next year Fire sold 43,621 copies, earning $88,732. It remained on the Kindle Store’s romantic suspense best sellers list for twelve months, and was ranked the number one romantic suspense according to customer review for over six months. It was also voted the best romantic suspense by the Kindle Review readers for five months in a row.

Within three months of self-publishing Fire I was able to quit my day job to write full time. After multiple offers, I ultimately sold the title, along with three additional books, to Montlake Romance, which is Amazon Publishing’s romance imprint. In September of 2012, one year after self-publishing it, I unpublished Forged in Fire, so Montlake Romance could publish their edition.

Since I intend to self-publish select titles in the future, I’ve remained entrenched in the self-publishing community and have been tracking the newest and strongest self-publishing and marketing strategies.

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This workshop is being generously sponsored by

 North Meridian Title & Escrow, LLC

Upcoming Events. Posted on January 7, 2014.