Write on the River (the Columbia, you know) was a huge hit this weekend. Some impressions:
- We sold out – 172 people attending.
- Jess Walter is the best keynote speaker in the universe.
- People were excited about writing, meeting authors, and brownies at breaks.
- We fixed all problems from Last year, and then five Different things blew up.
- We brought in two agents (right here in Wenatchee!) Hugely popular.
- No one passed out in the parking lot. (I *told* you we fixed some problems)
- Brian McDonald now has a vast Wenatchee fan base (That ought to boost his nat’l profile!)
- We learned how to write memoirs, put fire in fiction, position our books, use “armiture” to focus story and be gracious when the brownies ran out.
Keynote Jess Walter is a hugely engaging speaker. He talked about the joy of writing amid the distractions of the marketplace, his early hero worship of Kurt Vonnegut, and being a kid on laundry duty when mom’s underwear shows up. We were in stitches. He’s one of those speakers who change your day . . . and maybe your life.
I urge you to read Walter’s The Zero (finalist for National Book Award) and Citizen Vince–so good you can’t believe it isn’t famous.
Go to our website to read our award-winning essays: Radio Girl Says What Matters (Patrick McGann) and Bosom Buddies (Kathy Rivers Shannon).
Join us next year!