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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.

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Hosted several times a year, enjoy a 1.5 - 2 hour session with presenters, sometimes with critique options.  Our classes cover a variety of topics, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, marketing and self-publishing.


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

Watch for upcoming new options to connect!  

We believe the writing life is easier when we don't go it alone.  Other writers can inspire and encourage us, and help us feel part of the writing community. We'll soon be introducing new opportunities to meet virtually and in-person for introductions to fellow writers, discussions of current work, and author chats. 

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Four Minutes of Fame

We hope to resume Open Mic events soon!

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.

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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 the 2024 Winning Entries

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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 the 2023 Winning Entries

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Boost Your Writing Chops


Drop in on this bi-monthly fiction chat with novelist Kay Kenyon for sessions on skill-building, basic and advanced how-tos, and the writing life.


Over a 20+ year career in novels and short stories, Kay will demystify writing issues and the common strategies fiction authors use.

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Prompt Reply



Join Write on the River for a a low-stakes, high-creativity writing session.


We will provide prompts at the beginning of each meeting to stretch the imagination and get the creative juices flowing.

And as they say in every email from your supervisor: "Thank you for your prompt reply."

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Virtual Happy Hours


Grab a virtual glass and virtually gab with local writers during Write on the River’s Virtual Happy Hour. The event is purely social and has no program or structure. Both members and non-members are invited to the free, no-host social via Zoom.


We gripe about writing! We toast our successes! It's the most fun!

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Saturday Writing Sprints


Meet together via Zoom and add a little boost of inspiration, community, accountability and fun into your writing practice to help you get those words on the page.


Bring a work in progress, or, if you don't have one, no worries.  We will have a couple of prompts ready and waiting for you.

Interested in getting involved?

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

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