2018 WOTS - Write on the Sound

Conference Location: Frances Anderson Center (FAC), 700 Main Street, Edmonds WA 98020. 


Some sessions asked for a little prep work before the conference. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see which sessions.


Conference check-in:

Friday Full-day Workshop: Check in at the Plaza Room, 650 Main St, above the Edmonds Library (next to the Frances Anderson Center) 

Friday Half-day Workshops and Saturday/Sunday Sessions: Check in at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., downstairs on the first floor, next to Room #115 (volunteer greeters will direct you).


Don't worry if you misplaced your session schedule: A copy will be sent to you a week before the conference. In addition, a schedule is provided on the back of your name badge (pick up badges up at check-in). 


If you require ADA accommodation, please contact the office.


Getting Here: Traffic to Edmonds is unpredictable, even on the weekends. Allow one hour from downtown Everett, Seattle and Bellevue.


If you are coming in from SeaTac Airport on an airport shuttle service, we strongly suggest you make an advance reservation and tell them when you want/need to arrive in Edmonds. We do not provide a message service for those looking for ride-shares, but once at the conference, feel free to post a request to carpool on the Message Board, located on the FAC 1st Floor (across from the onsite bookshop).


The FAC does not have a parking lot. Unrestricted parking is available on surrounding neighborhood streets (except where indicated, closer to downtown). The FAC is a busy community center, so please allow plenty of time to find a parking spot.  


It could be sunny and warm. It could be cloudy, wet and cool. Or, it could be all five. We always recommend dressing in layers. Mornings are typically cool in early October, but afternoons can warm up, especially if it's sunny. WOTS sessions and activities are held in two separate buildings, and the Keynote address is held downtown, so you will be outside from time to time. Check the forecast before heading out to the conference.


Click Here for detailed information about After Hours writing groups, dine-arounds, poetry reading, and, new this year: Open Mic Night!


Feeling Social? Use the hashtag: #edmondswots2018

FACULTY CHANGE: Nick O'Connell and E.C. Murray will fill in for Melissa Hart, who is unable to attend the conference.
Sat 10/6 "The Magazine Essay"
session will be presented by Nick O'Connell: "The Magazine Story from Story Idea to Publication Magazine." Stories are a wonderful way for both published and emerging writers to build a platform and earn a paycheck. In this session we’ll examine the elements of a successful magazine story, from story idea, scene, characterization, narrative arc, to research, revision techniques, pitch and proposals, finding editors and contracts.

Sun 10/7 "Write and Publish Your Book-length Memoir" will be presented by E.C. (Elizabeth) Murray: This fun and lively session will guide attendees in identifying a particularly compelling life event or era to shape their book-length memoir. Using published examples, we’ll discuss plot and narrative arc, characterization, dialogue, setting, historical details, the importance of research, as well as tips to consider when including family and friends in the story. The session will conclude with vital marketing and publishing information, including the book proposal, querying agents, and publishing options.


Fri 10/5 The Hero's Journey with Gloria Kempton
: If you have a current project/story, or an idea for one, the presenter asks you to bring a simple, straight-forward, single paragraph summary of your story.

Sat 10/6 The Art of Autobiographical Writing with Janee Baugher: Bring an excerpt of an autobiographical work-in-progress (if you have it) and an object that has sentimental value (e.g. article of clothing, photograph, trinket).

Sat 10/6 Mining Your Life for Laughter with Robert Balmer: Bring a sentence, a paragraph or a page of something you think is funny. It can be something you wrote or something by another author.

Sun 10/7 Boost Emotional Engagement with Laura Moe: If time allows at the end of the session, the presenter asks attendees to have ready an excerpt from something they are working on that could be edited to add emotional depth.

Sun 10/7 Audiobooks: A New Chapter for Writers : Bring a short  sample of work (page or less) so they can see/hear what it sounds like as an audiobook.

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Write on the Sound
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St
Edmonds WA 98020
wotsat symbol mdedmondswablack dotgov

 33rd annual conference
October 5, 6 & 7, 2018


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Write on the Sound is a program of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission

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Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds WA

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Write on the Sound

City of Edmonds Arts Commission

700 Main St.

Edmonds, WA 98020

425-771-0228 | wotsat symbol mdedmondswablack dotgov

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-5:00PM (PT)

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