The weekend of May 16th I’m helping out with an exciting local writing conference. If you are a writer or aspire to write nonfiction, fiction or poetry, I hope to see you at the Write on the River Conference at Wenatchee Valley College next month. Why should you go?
- To discover a community of people who share your dream: to write amazing stories and get them published. Draw deep renewal from this gathering of people who love to write. It’ll be easy to start conversations. Try “What are you working on?” And go from there. Many of our previous attendees have made lasting friendships at our annual conference.
- To learn different approaches to writing and come away inspired. Our guest authors can give us the tools to grow in our craft. Perhaps even more importantly, their enthusiasm and insights can instill in us the confidence to pursue that memoir, novel, poetry or short story.
- To land an agent or sell directly to an editor.
- Make an appointment with our guest agent Andrea Hurst or our attending editor Beth Bacon about your project. Meet these approachable representatives of the publishing industry and put yourself in the way of success.
- Here is a sampling of conference workshops and activities:
- Writing the Young Adult Novel; The Art and Science of Self-publishing Success; Dr. Frankenstein’s Character Laboratory; The Non-fiction book: Where Do I Even Begin?
- Novel Structure 101: What Goes Where and Why; and Creative Nonfiction: Story Arc, Scenes, Narrator & Theme.
- Also, Social Media for Writers; poetry circus: Fun, Games and Sideways Thinking; The Situation Set-Up in Short Stories; and Crafting Memoir and Fiction that Sells.
And then there is our keynote talk with National Book Award finalist Jess Walter. Since this Friday evening event is open to the public, you’re welcome to join us to meet Jess and have a book signed. His latest book, “Beautiful Ruins,” is the NCW Regional Read, and we encourage everyone to read it and participate in events to discuss it! (Check with your local library for discussions.)
Kay Kenyon is a local author. Her latest book is a historical fantasy: “A Thousand Perfect Things.” She serves on the board of Write on the River.