Discover what WOTR has to offer all year 'round! We gather for classes on novels, poetry, memoir, publishing and more. From genre favorites like mysteries and fantasy, to mainstream and literary, we're here to help.

Year-Round Events

Join us for a variety of events, big and small, all year round. Browse below for details on the type of events we host.


For specific upcoming event dates, see our Calendar.

Image by Charles Deluvio


Hosted six times a year, enjoy a 1.5 - 2 hour session with presenters and critique options.


Past presenters have included Matthew Sullivan, Anthea Sharp, Bill Kenower and the husband-and-wife-team of writer Jason Brick and agent Rachel Letofsky.

Support Group

Writers Meeting Writers

Join us for informal meetings with introductions, networking, and author chats. Hosted the third Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, and November.


These membership meetings are open to the public. We ask that you join WOTR after two meetings.

Image by Forja2 Mx

Four Minutes of Fame

Attend open mics held at fun venues around the valley. Read your work in front of a receptive audience. No critiques, just socializing and sharing.


Keep an eye on our upcoming events for how to sign up for limited reading slots.

High School Writing Competition

North Central Washington students grades 9-12 can submit their fiction, and cash prizes go to three winners. Sponsored by the North Central Regional Library and best-selling novelist Chelsea Cain.


Submissions are usually due in March.

Read 2021's winning entries


Watch for our informal pub gatherings. After the words, we gather to share a meal and/or a favorite beverage.


At these happy hour sessions, we gripe about writing! We toast our successes!

Guest Author Brunch

In spring or summer, we invite a well-known author to town for a talk, signing, and brunch or dinner.

The local community has so far enjoyed Nancy Pearl and Erica Bauermeister as guests. 

Open to members and non-members alike.

Adult Writing Competition

Give it a try! The Writers Competition awards a total of $1200 to six writers of fiction or nonfiction.


Submission guidelines change through the years, so be sure to check back for entry details beginning late in the calendar year.

Read 2021's winning entries

Crafting the Novel Seminar

A spring class for aspiring novelists. Career novelist Kay Kenyon teaches this seminar of bi-weekly, two-hour classes. Limited to six students. Includes an hour of instruction and an hour classroom critique each session.


Check back in the fall for registration information.  Applications must be submitted by December.

Write On! Garden Party

In September we celebrate the writing life with a casual evening meal and get-together in a gracious outdoor setting

Interested in getting involved?

Become a volunteer and connect with the community of Write on the River!