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Frances Anderson Center 800The Write on the Sound writers' conference is held at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020. The Frances Anderson Center is a historic 1920s school building, converted to a multi-use recreational and cultural center for the City of Edmonds. Click here for the Google Maps link. Please contact staff regarding ADA accommodations.


Getting Here 

Regional TransportationSound Transit

Train: Amtrak stops at the Edmonds train stop, which is across the street from the Ferry Dock, approximately six blocks from Frances Anderson Center and four blocks from the Best Western.

Edmonds/Kingston Ferry: WSDOT Ferries.  The Ferry Dock is approximately six blocks from the Frances Anderson Center and four blocks from the Best Western.

Public Bus Transportation: The Frances Anderson Center is accessible by public transportation. If coming from outside Snohomish County, please check your regional service of tranportation that will connect you to Snohomish Community Transit. Look for routes that run on Main Street and Dayton Street (Route 116 is best). Bus stops are located on the north and south side of the property at the Edmonds Sno-Isle Library (north side), which is next door to the Frances Anderson Center, at 650 Main St. or Dayton St & Durbin Dr. (south side).

Plane: The Puget Sound region is primarily serviced by Sea-Tac International Airport, located approximately 15 miles south of downtown Seattle. Edmonds is 16 miles north of downtown Seattle. There are several shuttle services from Sea-Tac to Edmonds. Because traffic is unpredictable, it is strongly advised to pre-schedule a shuttle to Edmonds.

Paine Field in Everett: United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced commercial flights from select U.S. cities to Everett's Paine Field. Check with the airlines for information.

Driving Directions and Parking Information:

From the South: From I-5, take Exit 177 west toward the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry. Follow SR 104 to Edmonds City Center, which puts you onto 5th Avenue. Turn right at the roundabout fountain onto Main Street. Go up the hill to 7th & Main. The Frances Anderson Center is an old school building, on the right (south) side of the street. 

From the North: From I-5 take Exit 181B – Lynnwood/196th St. SW. Proceed west on 196th (SR 524). The arterial curves and changes names as it comes down the hill into Edmonds. You will come to a traffic light at 3rd and Main St. Turn left and follow Main St. up the hill to 7th & Main St. The Frances Anderson Center is an old school building, on the right (south) side of the street. 

Parking: The Frances Anderson Center does not have a parking lot. There is free, unlimited street parking in the immediate vicinity of the center on both Main Street and Dayton Street, as well as surrounding neighborhood residential streets. Please note that the blocks closer to the center of town are designated as 3-hour parking.


Stay in Edmonds

Write on the Sound partners with the Best Western Plus/Edmonds Harbor Inn to offer attendees a comfortable, convenient and affordable lodging option for their weekend writing escape. The hotel is approximately six blocks downhill from the Frances Anderson Center, close to the waterfront. While some consider the distance and hill climb walkable, others prefer transportation. The Best Western does not have a shuttle service, so guests need to arrange ride-shares or carpools to and from the Frances Anderson Center. All rooms include the Extended Continental Breakfast and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Best Western Plus Edmonds Harbor Inn
130 West Dayton, Edmonds, WA 98020
Make your reservation through the local number, 425-771-5021(do not call the 1-800 line) and remember to indicate you are attending WOTS. 

Lynnwood Hampton Inn is located 6 miles east of the Frances Anderson Center. A conference discount is not available. The hotel offers a shuttle service (restrictions apply).

Things to See & Do

Voted as one of the "Best Small Towns to Visit in All 50 States" in 2017 by "...for the combination of breathtaking waterfront scenery, big-city-worthy dining options, and loads of great watering holes...[and] outside of the [major cities] the state might not have a finer performing arts center than the Edmonds Performing Arts Center."

Edmonds has a casual, picturesque small-town atmosphere coupled with breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The endless charm of the city's downtown core is found in its eclectic restaurants, shops, boutiques and pubs, all within walking distance of forested hiking trails, beaches and the Washington State Ferry terminal.

Edmonds is also home to Whale Watching excursion company, Puget Sound Express, an underwater dive park, and is a popular birdwatching destination to observe the many species of birds from the Edmonds Marsh, waterfront parks and forested trails.

If you are looking for something beyond Edmonds, Seattle and Everett are home to many arts organizations, sporting events, quaint neighborhoods, downtown attractions, as well as opportunities to enjoy the out-of-doors. Of particular interest to many who visit our area are Everett's Future of Flight Aviation Center, Boeing Tour, Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum and the Historic Flight Foundation.

Whatever you choose to do, exploring Edmonds and the surrounding region is fun and easy. For complete information of all the things to see and do during your stay, go to: | |

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Write on the Sound
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St
Edmonds WA 98020
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 35th annual conference
October 2-4, 2020


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

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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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