Call for 2018 Presenters - Write on the Sound
Call for 2018 Presenters

TodMarshall2016creditShannonBlackSession proposals for the annual Write on the Sound writers' conference are accepted throughout the year. Applications received after April 2, 2018, will be considered for the following year.


Write on the Sound (WOTS) is a small, high quality, affordable three-day conference focused on the craft of writing. Established in 1985 by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, WOTS is held the first full weekend in October in Edmonds WA. It offers a variety of sessions and panel discussions for all writing levels and interests. The conference provides an opportunity to explore techniques in prose and poetry, including tools to address point of view, voice, story structure and character development, as well as information sessions on building platform, marketing plans and publishing opportunities. NOTE: WOTS does not feature a trade show hall, or offer appointments with agents and publishers.    

Special features include Friday full and half-day workshops, one-on-one manuscript critique appointments, a writing contest for conference registrants, on-site bookshop, book signing reception open to the public, a keynote address, community sponsored special events, and the opportunity to network with attendees and other presenters. 

Conference registration is limited to approximately 275 attendees. Sessions range from 20 to 80 attendees, depending on the schedule and classroom size. Friday half-day workshops are approximately 3.5 hours. Saturday and Sunday sessions are 75 minutes. 

The WOTS attendee looks for practical, "how to" tips, best practices and strategies they can immediately use to improve their writing skills, as well as up-to-date insight and information regarding the writing and publishing industry. The goal of the selection committee is to create a well-rounded conference program that offers a variety of sessions on the craft of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as information on specialty topics, genres, publishing industry standards, and current trends. 

Primary consideration is given to applicants with proven classroom or workshop teaching experience.

Saturday/Sunday sessions are 75 minutes. Offering brief writing exercises are encouraged, but due to limited session time, relative large classroom size and lecture room set up, proposals centered on writing exercises will not be given primary consideration.

Friday half-day sessions are 3.5 hours including at least one 15-20 minute break with approximately 20-50 attendees and classroom set up.

Friday full day session is 9:30am - 5:00pm, including one hour break for lunch, one morning 15-20 minute break and one afternoon 15-20 minute break, with 50 attendees, maximum, and classroom set up.

Honorarium/Compensation: The Saturday/Sunday presenter honorarium for 2017 was $147. The rate may change for 2018. Friday half and full-day session honoraria vary. Small travel stipends may be available. Overnight accommodations are not included, but a special conference rate and room block is reserved for faculty at Best Western Plus/Edmonds Harbor Inn (6 blocks from the conference venue). Saturday/Sunday sessions scheduled just before lunch break include a box lunch. All others are offered box lunches "at cost."



  • The information above is important to review before drafting and sending your proposal.
  • No more than 3 proposals, please. You may provide a list of additional session topics, but due to the volume of applications received, the selection committee respectfully requests applicants limit session proposals to 3 for consideration.
  • Your session proposal needs to include:
    • A 50-word summary of your presentation
    • At least three key "take away" points
    • The session format (panel discussion; lecture; lecture and classroom interaction; lecture with media presentation; lecture and writing exercise, etc.)
    • A detailed description of your proposed session(s). Maximum two pages per description.
  • A copy of your resume, including previous teaching experience and conference presentations (Please limit to 2-3 pages. Do not submit a CV).
  • A list of your publication credentials.
  • Minimum 3 professional teaching, conference and/or publication references (Please provide contact information, only. Do not submit letters of recommendation).
  • Email your application to conference coordinator Laurie Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 If you have questions, please call 425-771-0228. We are more than happy to discuss your application before you submit.


Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds WA

Contact Information

Write on the Sound

City of Edmonds Arts Commission

700 Main St.

Edmonds, WA 98020


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

Write on the Sound is a program of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission with funding support by community sponsors.

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