September Members-Only Event!

by admin Conference News. Posted on August 14, 2012.

A Special Evening for our Members

Now is the perfect time to become a Write On The River Member or renew your Membership (click here), just in time to attend


Ray Rhamey, teacher, developmental editor, and author of the internationally known

blog, “Flogging the Quill,” joins Write On The River for a special Members’ workshop:



A highly praised workshop with in-class writing and interactive critique

Saturday, September 22, 2012

1:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchi Hall, 2106

Cost: $15


Writers work hard to deliver the experience of a story, to evoke in the reader’s mind

a visceral experience of what is happening. Two primary tools for doing that are

description and dialogue. Learn Ray Rhamey’s technique of experiential description

and dialogue, an approach that has garnered rave reviews from writers up and down the

Pacific coast.

You will learn:

how to add dimension and characterization to description of scenes and characters

• how to utilize beats in dialogue to add depth, move story, characterize

• how to better create the experience of the story in a reader’s mind


Try the technique at home…

 When you sign up for the workshop, Ray will email you two free educational chapters that focus on description and dialogue; they are excerpts from his Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells. You will have the option to write and bring to class a description based on a scenario he provides.

Learn at the workshop, write at the workshop…

 Ray will invite you to read your selection in class (not required!), and he will discuss it on the spot, using it as a teaching example. We’ll also write during the class, practicing what we learn, based upon fiction scenarios that Ray will provide. For all writing exercises, participants will be invited to read out loud, with your piece becoming a springboard for further insights from Ray. Writers will learn how to utilize description and dialogue to illuminate character, giving depth to a scene while advancing the story.


Our Presenter

Ray Rhamey is a writer, developmental fiction editor, Indie publisher, and book designer offering design, editing, and production services at He is the author of four novels and the nonfiction book, Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells.

He writes the internationally known blog, “Flogging the Quill” ( getting 9,000 hits a month), on creating compelling fiction, and is a contributor to the Writer Unboxed literary blog.

Ray has led workshops at a number of writers’ conferences, including Write on the Sound, South Coast, and Mendocino Coast.

This members’ workshop is only $15 once you join WOTR. Email Shirley at to confirm your attendance, and send your check for the

$15 workshop fee and $35 membership fee, by 9/15/12 to WOTR, PO Box 3596,

Wenatchee WA 98807.