In 1985, Write on the Sound writers' conference was created by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, under the guidance of commissioner and author Ann Saling. Approximately 100 people attended the first conference, a one-day event featuring a keynote speaker and 13 workshops. The first planning committee established that the conference's primary focus be on the craft of writing, offering writing workshops and speakers rather than agent/editor appointments. As the conference grew, informational sessions regarding the publishing industry and the business of writing were added to the schedule, but the focus remains on the art of writing.
1991 - A graphic illustration featuring the silhouette of a Washington State Ferry atop a wave and set between an arch of a pencil and pen was adopted as the official WOTS logo.
1992 - The WOTS literary contest was introduced.
1993 - Inaugural on-site book shop, featuring publications by conference presenters and speakers, offered by Edmonds Bookshop.
1994 - The conference expanded to 1.5 days.
1995- The 10th Anniversary marked the first full-weekend conference, and manuscript critique appointments were added to the conference offerings.
2000 – In partnership with the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Gallery, located within the Frances Anderson Center, a special exhibit and artist presentation highlighting the connection between the literary and visual arts was added to the Sunday schedule.
2003 - Half-day pre-conference small group critique sessions were introduced in partnership with Edmonds Community College (2003-2014).
2007 - A half-day workshop was added to the Friday schedule.
2010 - The 25th Anniversary honored conference founders, and online registration was introduced.
2011 - A second half-day session was added to the Friday schedule.
2013 - A third half-day Friday workshop was added to the schedule.
2014 - A full-day workshop was added to the Friday schedule.
2015 - 30th Anniversary and new brochure design.
2016 - Poetry manuscript critique appointments added.
Keynote and Featured Speakers
1987-Knute Berger, Ruth Kirk
1988-Stella Cameron, Dennis Stovall
1990-J A Jance
1992-Sheila Bender, Christi Killien
1997- Robert Ferrigno
2003- Robert Michael Pyle
2014-Robert J. Sawyer
2015-Stella Cameron and Rick Steves