• Rivers of Ink Writers' Conference

    Rivers of Ink Writers
  • October 9th-10th, 2015

    October 9th-10th, 2015
Welcome to Rivers of Ink, the Mid-Columbia's only professional writers' conference. We are pleased to announce that Rivers of Ink has transitioned into a full two-day writers conference featuring three tracks of workshops: Honing your Craft, Publishing & Marketing, and Genre Specific. Join us October 9th-10th, 2015 for this exciting event. Gain knowledge. Network with local authors. Meet publishing professionals. It's all right here at Rivers of Ink!

Last days to enter the Story Contest!

If you've been thinking about entering our Story Contest for the 2015 Rivers of Ink conference, the deadline is next Saturday, August 1st. For the first time, we're choosing three finalists out of the entries, all of whom will attend the conference as our guests. Any genre or style is welcome, including non-fiction. Send three copies of your entry (no more than 1500 words) with your $10 entry fee (made out to AFMC) to RoI Writing Contest, c/o AFMC, PO Box 2296, Richland WA 99352. Make sure to send it before next Saturday to get it to us by the deadline! We look forward to seeing your work.

2015 Keynote Speakers Announced

Be sure to attend the Rivers of Ink Writer's Conference, Oct. 9-10, 2015! 

2015 Keynote Speakers:

Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcala ROIKathleen Alcalá is the author of a story collection, Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, and three novels set in 19th Century Mexico. Her collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name, was published by the University of Arizona Press. A co-founder of and contributing editor to The Raven Chronicles, Alcalá has been a writer in residence at Seattle University, Richard Hugo House, and the University of New Mexico. Her work has received two Artist Trust Fellowships, a Western States Book Award, and other recognition. Kathleen teaches in the MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island. More at www.kathleenalcala.com, including her blog, “The Clueless Eater.”



Karen Spears Zacharias

    Zacharais photoKaren Spears Zacharias is a former TriCity Herald columnist and reporter, and the author of several books including the best selling Mother of Rain, winner of the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalacian Fiction and a finalist for the Crook's Corner Book Prize.  Mother of Rain, the stage play, I sunder production by Georgia's Springer Opera House.  Karen's work has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and the Diane Rehm Show.  She lives near the big river in Oregon. Her next book, Burdy, the sequel to Mother of Rain, will be published in Fall, 2015 by Mercer University Press. Other books include: Karly Sheehan: The True Crime Story Behind Karly’s Law, After the Flag has been Folded, Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? ’cause I need more room for my plasma TV.

You can check out more about Karen on her blog: http://karenzach.com/     

Need Help?

Writing ToolsAre you having trouble getting your novel written? Are you stuck?

Get help this weekend.

Local author Michelle A. Hansen is offering an Intensive, Two-Day, Novel-Writing Workshop in Kennewick this Friday and Saturday. It is two full days of start-to-finish writing instruction. The cost is just $347, and $20 of every registration goes to Rivers of Ink! If you're ready to finally get that book done, sign up today. Register at www.michelleahansen.com/registration  

FREE Writers Workshops

Long summer days are perfect for writing. Kick off your summer with two great writing workshops. Both are FREE.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Richland Public Library


  Presented by:


Writing the Perfect Pitch: The Art & Science of Sizzle  

MARY CRONK FARRELL, Children’s/YA Author

Writing for the Children's/YA Market: SCBWI Can Help at Every Stage of Your Career   This FREE seminar is hosted by the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Register at https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/events/is-your-pitch-strong-enough-to-hook-an-agent-or-editor/  

Not ready to publish? Then, check out this workshop:



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Richland Public Library

6:00– 7:00 p.m.

  WE will look at ways to make sure your story starts off strong and stays strong. We will cover important topics like making sure you have a solid premise, crafting a great hook and how to raise the stakes. Get ready to take your writing to the next level. Presented by: Michelle A. Hansen, author of PAINTED BLIND (2012) and BEFORE THEY FIND US (2013). Register today at www.michelleahansen.com/registration. The workshop is FREE OF CHARGE, hosted by the Richland Public Library and Rivers of Ink Writers Conference.