Call for Presenters - Write on the Sound
Call for Presenters

DSC 0113Session and workshop proposals for the annual Write on the Sound writers' conference are accepted throughout the year. 


Applications for the 2020 conference (Oct 2-4) are accepted through March 1st, 2020. 


The City of Edmonds Arts Commission works to create an inclusive program that represents a broad range of genres and publishing options, and encourages people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions and sexual orientations to submit proposals. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your own networks.


Please review the following information about the conference

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 75-minute sessions and panel discussions for all writing levels and interests. Conference registration is limited to approximately 275 attendees. Session capacity ranges from 20 to 80 attendees.

Special features include pre-conference 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. NOTE: WOTS does not feature a trade show hall, or offer appointments with agents and publishers.  



The 75-minute session presenter honorarium for 2019 is $155. Pre-conference half and full-day session honoraria start at $400. Small travel stipends may be available for presenters who live over fifty miles from Edmonds. We do not provide shuttle or transportation service to/from airports or hotel. Overnight accommodations are not included, but a special conference rate and room block is reserved at Best Western Plus/Edmonds Harbor Inn, located approximately seven blocks from the conference venue. The hotel does not have a shuttle service to/from the venue. Saturday and Sunday sessions scheduled just before the lunch break include a box lunch in the contract. All other presenters are offered box lunches "at cost."


Proposal Application Guidelines & Information

  • The goal of the selection committee is to create a well-rounded conference program that offers a variety of sessions for all experience levels on the craft of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as information on specialty topics, genres, publishing industry standards, the business of writing, current trends.
  • The WOTS attendee is an enthusiastic learner who appreciates the nuts and bolts fundamentals of craft, and specific tips and insights from industry professionals to help further develop their writing skills.
  • Eligible applicants must have proven practical knowledge and experience in their proposed topic(s).
  • Primary consideration is given to those with proven in-person conference, classroom or workshop teaching experience.
  • Brief writing exercises are acceptable for 75-minute sessions, but due to limited session time, relatively large classroom size and lecture room set up (no tables), proposals with a particular focus on writing exercises will not be given primary consideration.
  • Pre-conference workshops rooms are classroom set-up (tables for writing).
  • Contracted presenters are invited to attend any of the Saturday or Sunday sessions, and the Keynote address.
  • Presenters’ publications are promoted at the on-site bookshop.


Application instructions

Please review all information above before drafting and submitting 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 must include:

  • A 50-word summary of your presentation that clearly states the value of the content of your session.
  • Three key "take away" points.
  • Attendee experience level (is your session designed for the beginner, intermediate or advanced writer?)
  • 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 one page per description.
  • Your resume, including previous teaching experience and/or conference presentations (Please limit to 2-3 pages. Please, do not submit a complete CV)
  • On your resume, please list your complete contact information, including your full name, author name if applicable, mailing address, contact phone, email, website/blog or social media address.
  • 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 in a single Word or PDF document 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 our office at 425-771-0228, or email Laurie Rose. We are more than happy to discuss your application before you submit.

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

 35th annual conference
October 2-4, 2020


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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

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