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Upcoming Events

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!

Write Here, Write Now

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.

Get Ready for Another Great Four Minutes of Fame!

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 info@writeontheriver.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.

Fall Member Workshop: Character Development with Terry Persun!

Moment by Moment Character Development

with Terry Persun

Oct. 5th, 1-3 pm

Wenatchee Valley College

Join Write On The River in welcoming acclaimed author and writing expert Terry Persun to the Wenatchee Valley for an intensive workshop on Character Development!

We all know what a well-rounded character reads like, but how do you develop one step by step within your novel? In this class we’ll first discuss the three layers of character, then talk about how to build a character while writing the book through the use of scene, setting, dialog, etc. We’ll also look at ways in which gesture, habit, and point-of-view can affect each character. And we’ll explore the differences between walk-on characters, minor characters, and main characters.

You won’t want to miss this terrific chance to improve your craft and hone your writing with a truly remarkable instructor.

Terry Persun writes in many genres, including historical fiction, mainstream, literary, and science fiction/fantasy. He is a Pushcart nominee. His latest poetry collection is “And Now This”. His novel, “Cathedral of Dreams” is a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalist in the science fiction category, and his novel “Sweet Song” won a Silver IPPY Award. His latest science fiction space opera is, “Hear No Evil”, his latest fantasy is “Doublesight”, his latest mainstream/literary novel is “Ten Months in Wonderland”. Terry’s website is: www.TerryPersun.com or you can find him here on Amazon

This special workshop is $15 for Write On The River Members, and $50 for non-members.  Click here to find out how easy and rewarding Write On The River Membership is!

Click here to Register for the Workshop!

Upcoming Events. Posted on September 3, 2013.

Write On The River’s NaNoWriMo Challenge!

Ready for an Exciting Challenge?  Ready to Kick-start your Writing Life?

Take on National Novel Writing Month with Write On The River!

What is National Novel Writing Month?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo in shorthand), is an annual international literary sensation.  Millions of people all over the world have participated – hundreds of thousands every year!

NaNoWriMo inspires people from all walks of life to dust off their literary ambitions and finally write that novel they’ve always dreamed of.  Participants are challenged to write a complete novel (of at least 50,000 words), start to finish, in the month of November.  There’s a long list of books and authors that have gone on to get published after getting started as a NaNoWriMo project (click here to check it out)!

It’s daunting.  It’s ambitious.  It’s wicked fun.  And it’s a great way to jump-start your writing life, or zap new energy into one that’s been stalled.

What will the Write On The River NaNoWriMo group do?

Write On The River will be hosting a local NaNoWriMo support group in 2013 to encourage local writers (and those who want to become on) to take this challenge on.  We’ll meet three times: once in late October to strategize, organize and energize.  Once in mid-November for a write-in to high-five, get some more words down, and cheer each other on.  And once in early December to celebrate success (or valiant effort in pursuit thereof).  In 2011 Write On The River had 12 brave souls take on the challenge together…we’re hoping for even more in 2013!

Awesome!  How do I sign up?

Easy!  Email Dan at writeontheriverweb@gmail.com for more information and to sign up.  This program is open to anyone brave and bold enough to take it on!

Thirty days and nights of literary abandon.  A novel completed, and ready to revise to pitch to an agent or editor at our May Write On The River Conference.  Friends made, connections fostered.  It’s gonna be a beautiful thing.

Join Write On The River, and take on the NaNoWriMo challenge.

Upcoming Events. Posted on August 16, 2013.

August “Four Minutes of Fame” Writers Meeting Writers is Coming Up!

Join your friends and neighbors for a lively night of reading, sharing and socializing with other local writers!  Write On The River will be holding another of our always-popular “Four Minutes of Fame” open mic reading nights Thursday, August 8 at Milepost 111 Restaurant and Brewery in Cashmere.  Socializing will start at 6:30, and the readings will begin at 7:00.


 YOU and other local writers read original works.  Anyone and everyone who appreciates the literary arts enjoys well-crafted words, and meets new acquaintances.  Even if you’re not ready for a public reading, come and enjoy the writing of others…an appreciative audience is always welcome!

 This event is FREE and open to the public. Come early and enjoy Milepost 111 fare. Dinner, desserts and beverages available all evening.

 (407 Applets Way, Cashmere.  On the river across from Country Boys BBQ.  Take the Aplets Way exit)

 How it works:

  Sign-up for a reading time (four minutes at the microphone.) Read anything — your poetry, essay, fiction, journal entry, memoir, novel excerpt–It’s casual, it’s easy, and it’s free!

  This is an occasion for writers to try out a short piece — NOT a slam, critique session, performance, or competition.

Registration priority is given to WOTR members through August 1.

  Become a member, or learn more:   www.writeontheriver.org 

 Sign up to read:  info@writeontheriver.org or 509.293.9215      

Thank you for keeping the writing arts thriving in North Central Washington!

Upcoming Events. Posted on July 15, 2013.