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Upcoming Events

November Members Meeting with author Matthew Sullivan!

At the next member meeting, WOTR member and author Matthew Sullivan will be presenting on “Breaking Away: Making the Most of Genre Fiction.” Join us on Nov. 18th at the Wenatchee Public Library for some networking time, and then get into the nitty gritty of fiction writing with Matthew!

When: Saturday, Nov. 18th from 9:15-11:15.

Where: The Wenatchee Public Library (downstairs in the meeting room)

Who: You! And a friendly crowd of fellow local writers. And the fantastic Matthew Sullivan:

Matthew Sullivan’s debut literary mystery novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (Scribner, 2017) was an Indie Next pick and a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, and has been published in six different languages. He was selected to be the Goodreads Debut Author of the Month, and his short stories have been awarded the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize and the Florida Review Editor’s Prize. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Idaho, and he currently teaches writing and literature at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake. www.matthewjsullivan.com

Upcoming Events. Posted on November 5, 2017.

Fall Four Minutes of Fame, Nov. 29th in Cashmere!

It’s time for another one of our always enjoyable, ever popular open mic reading nights! Join us on Wednesday, November 29th for a lively and convivial night of poetry and prose. Share your own written words, or just listen to others!

We’ll be meeting at beautiful Milepost 111 in Cashmere. Socializing begins at 6:30, readings will start at 7:00. Food and full bar are available for purchase all evening.

To sign up for a reading slot, email info@writeontheriver.org

Upcoming Events. Posted on November 5, 2017.

October Members’ Meeting!

Our Members’ Meetings are back! The next one will be October 21st at the Wenatchee Public Library (Down the stairs, through the kids’ book section, and all the way in the back.) Everything begins at 9 AM and ends at 11 AM, so come show us your bright-eyed, bushy-tailed self, mingle with other local authors, and hear a great presentation!

Please join award-winning visual artist and poet Joanna Thomas for an informal talk and
generative workshop exploring notions of the sublime unconscious, divine nonchalance, and
effortless concentration, as she explains how writing a postcard-a- day means you will never
suffer from writer’s block again. Please bring a pen––postcards will be provided. A question-
and-answer session will continue the conversation after the workshop.
Joanna Thomas, along with several hundred poets from near and far, has participated for years
in the August Poetry Postcard Festival (AugPoPo), founded in 2007 by Seattle’s acclaimed
poet/interviewer/literary activist Paul E. Nelson (www.paulenelson.com). Her poem “The
Floods Come” is included in the newly released anthology 56 Days of August, a collection of
poetry postcards available from Five Oaks Press (www.five-oaks- press.com). Her work has also
appeared in Ekphrasis, Found Poetry Review, Otoliths, Picture Sentence, and shuf/Poetry, as well
as several anthologies, including WA State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall’s WA129, available from
Sage Hill Press (www.sagehillpoetry.com).
Thomas is a founding member of PUNCH (www.punchgallery.org), an artist-run gallery located
in Seattle’s Pioneer Square district from 2006-2016, and the founder of Inland Poetry and The
Prowl (www.inlandpoetry.com), an annual day-long celebration of poetry featuring guest
readers, craft talks, open mics, live radio broadcast, book fair, and film screening, taking place
each April in historic downtown Ellensburg, WA. She lives in a tin house, on the wrong side of
the railroad tracks, with a dog named Archie. Visit her at www.joannathomas.xyz.

Upcoming Events. Posted on September 24, 2017.

Fall Four Minutes of Fame…in the Methow!

On October 28th, join us for a cozy autumn evening, sharing words and stories! We have another installment of our always-popular Four Minutes of Fame open mic reading events, once again being held at the beautiful Sun Mountain Lodge outside of Winthrop, WA. The socializing begins at 6:30 pm, the readings at 7:00.

It’s casual, it’s easy…and it’s free. All writers and friends are welcome to attend the evening event at no cost. Read your own work or just listen to good writing, enjoy a no-host beverage and dessert bar and meet new people.

Expect a full evening of reading and listening to original work by local writers and, just for fun, make it a sleepover! As a special option, Sun Mountain Lodge is offering half-price rooms for any attendees: Saturday night is just $148 total double occupancy, with dessert plate and continental breakfast included. Additional nights available, prior to event, for $125 plus tax.

E-mail info@writeontheriver.org to register to read your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction — in
progress, partial or published. This is a sharing — not a slam, critique session, or performance.
To read your work, e-mail info@writeontheriver.org before 10/20
For room reservations www.sunmountainlodge.com before 10/15


Upcoming Events. Posted on September 24, 2017.

First Ever Writers Retreat!

Do you need some time away from life’s distractions to sit down and actually get words on the page? Are you thirsting for an opportunity to dive deeply into your writing? Well, here’s your chance.

Write On The River is hosting our first ever Writers Retreat!

Join a fellowship of writers for four days of uninterrupted writing:

  • with as much solitude or camaraderie as you like, 
  • in a private lodge surrounded by quiet, riverfront beauty, and
  • supported by companions who are also working on their writing.

JRs Riverfront Retreat in Plain has a variety of rooms, as well as a loft with twin beds, with prices varying accordingly. Bring your own food to cook in one of two kitchens, gather to talk with others if and when you wish, walk the forested property for inspiration, and

experience the focus and peace that a beautiful retreat can provide. We’ll write in our rooms, on the lovely deck, or in the common room. Balanced againstindividual writing will be several chats from experienced writers and teachers (who are also retreating).

When: Sunday October 22, 4 pm – Wednesday October 25, 11 am

Total Price for All Three Nights of Retreat:

Private bedroom with queen bed (3 rooms available at this price): $275

Loft with twin beds (4 twin beds available at this price): $190

Register by October 20th: CLICK HERE

Questions: Call Melody Kreimes, WOTR, 509-888-0321 or email at mkreimes@nwi.net


Upcoming Events. Posted on September 6, 2017.

Summer 2017 Four Minutes of Fame!

It’s time for another one of our always enjoyable, ever popular open mic reading nights! Join us on Thursday, August 17th for a lively and convivial night of poetry and prose. Share your own written words, or just listen to others!

We’ll be meeting at beautiful O’Grady’s at Sleeping Lady in Leavenworth. Doors will open at 5:00, readings will start at 6:00. Local cuisine and full bar are available all evening.

To sign up for a reading slot, email info@writeontheriver.org

Upcoming Events. Posted on July 18, 2017.

2017 January Workshop Coming Up!

Come join us in Wenatchi Hall at Wenatchee Valley College, January 21st, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon for our January Workshop!

THE STAKES MUST ALWAYS BE DEATH: How to Start Your Story and Keep the Pages Turning, by Maureen McQuerry. Together we’ll discover how conflict and tension fuel a character’s emotional journey and keep readers engrossed until the very end. How do we engage our readers’ hearts as well as their minds? Come prepared to participate in some short writing exercises and if you have a work in progress, bring it!

Members Price: $15

Non-Members Price: $50


About our presenter, Maureen McQuerry:

Maureen McQuerry is an award winning poet, novelist and teacher. Her YA novel, The Peculiars, is an ALA Best Book for YA 2013, Bank Street and Horne Book recommended book, and a winner of the Westchester Award. Her most recent books are a MG fantasy duo, Beyond the Door, a Booklist top Ten Fantasy/SciFi for Youth and The Telling Stone, a finalist for the WA State Book awards. She taught middle school through college for almost twenty years with a specialty in gifted education and is also the author of two non-fiction books, Nuclear Legacy and Student Inquiry. She currently supervises student teachers for WSU, is a board member of SCBWI Inland Northwest. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s hiking, biking or traveling and always hoping for a real life mystery or adventure.

Upcoming Events. Posted on January 11, 2017.

Our next Four Minutes of Fame, Nov. 17th!

Join Write On The River and your vibrant local writing community for a rousing evening of words and warmth on Thursday, November 17. We’re back with the latest installment of our bobsburgersalways-popular “Four Minutes of Fame” events. Share writing of your own or just enjoy the writing of others in a friendly, social environment. The delightful and delicious Bob’s Burgers and Brew (795 Grant Road, East Wenatchee) will be hosting us, so bubbly beverages 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 6:00, 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 info@writeontheriver.org

Upcoming Events. Posted on November 1, 2016.

2016 January Workshop: Bring Your Characters to Life with the Enneagram System!

aea_enneagram_diagram_2The ancient system of personality typing known as the Enneagram offers a powerful technical tool for developing original and dimensional characters. Familiarity with the nine basic types can help writers sharpen conflicts between characters to make dramatic situations more compelling. Being aware of the connections between story genres and Enneagram types provides insights into why we are drawn to create thrillers, romantic comedies, science fiction or other kinds of stories.

Join Write On The River and noted children’s author Claire Rudolph Murphy on January 30 from 9:00am-Noon for this illuminating, inspiring workshop to push your characters deeper and your writing further.

This workshop will introduce writers to this system and how it can apply to fiction and nonfiction characters and provide insight into one’s own writing life.



Only $15 for Write On The River Members (JOIN NOW!), $50 for non-members


First hour: Intro to the nine enneagram types. Participants will identify their own type and then reflect on how one’s type affects the writing life. Understanding one’s enneagram type can help a writer identify work patterns and positive changes to their natural operating system.

05fbc72Second hour: Further discussion about the nine types and how this it can be used to develop characters – both fiction and nonfiction. Participants will spend time brainstorming ways to apply this information to a personal writing project, especially in developing plot and character.

Third hour: Small and large group sharing of these new ideas and possible additional time for writing. Workshop wrap-up: final questions and feedback and suggestions for moving forward with this system.

Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on January 4, 2016.

2016 Writers Competition is OPEN!

It is once again time to announce Write On The River’s annual Writers Competition!

Submit your most polished, promising piece of prose or nonfiction. With $1,200 in prize money, our contest is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries will be honored on our website and at our May 2016 Conference.

This contest is open to any writer living in Washington state. Entries must be in the mail by February 12, so don’t delay.

Good luck, and happy writing!



Conference News, Upcoming Events. Posted on December 8, 2015.