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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.
Moment by Moment Character Development
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!Upcoming Events. Posted on September 3, 2013.
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 email@example.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.
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
Thank you for keeping the writing arts thriving in North Central Washington!Upcoming Events. Posted on July 15, 2013.
We invite you to stop in each week to laugh, learn, commiserate and collude with accomplished writer, filmmaker and musician Jamie Howell. We’ll join him as he takes on the long odds and long hours required to break through as a novelist, bringing his irreverent and insightful writing style to the official Write On The River blog. His award-winning documentaries, syndicated columns and years of reporting and editing have all led to this latest project – his pursuit of a best-selling novel. New blog entries will post every Thursday morning. Stop by the site, or subscribe here to receive them in your email. There’s even a video version where Jamie will read them to you himself. We hope you’ll enjoy and feel free to join the conversation.Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on April 18, 2013.
More than 34 writers turned out to learn survival tactics from acclaimed author G.M. Ford during a special, two-hour Intensive Workshop for Write On The River Members on March 9. Mr. Ford, the author of many popular mystery and thriller books, was a popular workshop presenter at our 2007 Conference.
Mr. Ford’s workshop was entitled, “A Survival Handbook for Writers.”
Highlights of the engaging, up-close view of the writing life and publication will included:
Getting straight with yourself about what you want out of your writing efforts.
Making sure your skill set matches your dreams, and what to do if it doesn’t.
Understanding the business that publishers are in and how rejection is not personal.
Digital vs. traditional publishing.
What neurobiology tells us about the role of storytelling in human affairs.
Coming to grips with reader expectations and how to meet those expectations.
What to do if it doesn’t work.
With humor and the expertise gleaned from a long career, G.M. for will help you survive the writing life.
Optional but fun: Ford will e-mail registrants a fun exercise to try before the workshop.
Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on February 10, 2013.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, TRIPLE YOUR WRITING REWARDS!
Write On The River’s 2nd annual High School Writers Competition is open to all students grades 9-12 in North Central Educational Service District (NCESD). That means every student in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties, and includes anyone enrolled in WVC’s Running Start program through one of those 26 high schools. This year, five local teachers, at Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan, Wenatchee, and Eastmont high schools, are especially encouraging their writing students to participate and making information available in the classroom. Students may enter any original work of prose fiction, up to 1000 words in length by March 30 — a short story or the first chapter of a longer work, any genre or style. Complete submission guidelines, judging criteria, entry forms and mail-in information will all be posted on the WOTR website www.writeontheriver.org starting February 1. The fee to submit work is $10.
Anyone who submits work to the competition can automatically enroll for free in the Saturday May 18 High School Writers Workshop entitled “Creating Fiction Using Ingredients You Already Have in Your Own Brain ” presented by award-winning author Katherine Grace Bond (you can also choose not to write for the competition and simply register for the High School workshop for $10.)
The winning writer will receive $100, and two Honorable Mentions will also be named. Those three students and five more selected by the judges will have an unprecedented opportunity to boost their writing skills — Ms. Bond will write full critiques of the selected submissions, and then host a private “working writers’ luncheon” with those eight individual writers directly after the morning workshop.
This competition was initiated by 2011 WOTR conference presenter Chelsea Cain, a widely published NY Times best selling author and strong believer in the potential of young writers. She pledged $1000 over ten years to encourage our local high school students. Then, 2012 Conference presenters Susan Wingate and Terri Persun were so impressed by the Chelsea Cain award winner they offered special funding to enhance the morning workshop with the individual critiques and luncheon!Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on February 4, 2013.
2013 Conference Registration NOW OPEN for Write On The River Members! Click HERE to go to our Registration page and sign up for the highlight of your writing year!
Our Writing Conference is a real knock-out this year…stellar Keynote, incredible faculty, awesome workshops. Besides our empowering and enlightening workshops, you’ll also have the chance to pitch your work to an editor or agent, have book signings, ask questions of our Faculty and new “Ask a Pro” tables, and meet and bond with other local writers. Don’t miss this great opportunity to move your writing forward!Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on January 24, 2013.
You won’t want to miss this, writers! For the first time ever, Write On The River will be combining our always-popular open mic public reading “Writers Meeting Writers” event with a special new Conference Registration Kick-Off! Join us at Caffe Mela on Feb. 7 for a night of great reading, writerly companionship, and a chance to register for our May Writing Conference. Signing up in person gives you first dibs on coveted agent and editor appointments, the chance to schedule your own appointment (so it doesn’t conflict with your most-desired workshops), a chance at great door prizes and even a chance at our grand prize: One Free Conference Registration! Combined with Registration Kick-Off will be the same awesome Writers Meeting Writers “Four Minutes of Fame” reading event you know and love. Don’t want to read? Then simply listen (and enjoy beverages and desserts or a light meal).
Readers will get four minutes to read a selection of their choice…any and all genres are welcome. This is a great chance to take your writing public in a fun, supportive environment.
Event opens at 6:30; readings begin at 7:00. Reading slots are open to ALL but are scheduled in advance and are open first to Write On The River members (Not a member? It’s just $35. Find out about becoming a member here).
Call or email to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-293-9215.
Mark your calendars and clear your schedules…this is going to be a great night!Upcoming Events. Posted on January 19, 2013.
Write On The River is thrilled to officially announce the workshops and presenters of our 2013 Writing Conference. We’ve got an exciting and inspiring line-up of workshops sure to hone your craft, light your literary fires, and move your writing life boldly forward. Whether your goal is to reach publication or just improve your craft, this year’s Conference is full of opportunities to empower you to do both. Our faculty this year includes three New York Times bestselling authors, a professional literary agent, the president of a publishing company, and writers who’ve been featured on NPR and the Oprah Winfrey Show. This Conference promises to be our best yet, and not one you’ll want to miss. Save the date: May 17, 18 and 19 in Wenatchee, WA. Registration will begin online for Write On The River Members on January 24th, then to non-Members at our Registration Kick-Off Event on February 7th.Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on January 13, 2013.