right here, write now
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!
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.
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.
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.
This workshop is being generously sponsored byUpcoming Events. Posted on January 7, 2014.
Write On The River presents the next installment of Four Minutes of Fame: Writers Meeting Writers, sponsored by Sligar Excavation, on Thursday, November 14 at Caffé Mela, 17 North Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee.
Four Minutes of Fame is a casual, affordable, and enjoyable evening of local writers reading their original poetry and prose. Socializing starts at 6:30pm followed by readings beginning at 7pm. Opportunities to read an original work are open to all, but they are limited. Time slots are scheduled in advance and available to Write On The River Members first, through November 8. Not a Member? Join at: www.writeontheriver.org. Sign up for microphone time, or get more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-293-9215.
There is no cost to attend, but donations are warmly accepted at the door. Items from Caffe Mela’s evening menu will be available for purchase throughout the event.Upcoming Events. Posted on October 24, 2013.