• Rivers of Ink Writers' Conference

    Rivers of Ink Writers
  • October 11-12th, 2013

    October 11-12th, 2013
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 11-12th, 2013 for this exciting event. Gain knowledge. Network with local authors. Meet publishing professionals. It's all right here at Rivers of Ink!

Enter Rivers of Ink Writing Contest

Write NOW!

Write NOW!

Rivers of Ink invites you to enter our second annual writers' contest. This year, we have a five page limit, fiction or non-fiction, and is open to every writer over the age of 12. So come on, students and adult writers alike, send us your best writing. Winners will be announced at the Rivers of Ink Writers’ Conference October 10-11, 2014.
  • $50 cash prize
  • $10 entry fee.
  • Entries will be judged by local editors and published authors.
We look forward to reading your work! 2014 ROI Writing Contest Rules Writing Contest Application with fields  

2014 ROI Requesting Presentations Proposals

Now in its sixth year, Rivers of Ink focuses on high quality writing, submissions, the road to publication as well as life as a published author. We offer a variety of classes for all levels and interests. Special features include keynote speakers, workshops, book sales featuring books by conference presenters, a meet-and-greet reception at Bookwalter Winery and more. The two-day conference offers eighteen workshops. ROI provides a mix of sessions on the craft of writing, publishing and genre topics. Presenters will be paid an honorarium ($105 for each 75-minute workshop). Lodging and transportation are only paid for Keynote speakers, but a stipend is available to those traveling more than 100 miles. Rivers of Ink Writers Conference is held at the Richland Public Library, Richland, WA. Sign up today. Presenter Application with fields
Authors discussing their work at ROI

Authors discussing their work at ROI 2013


Support Your Local Indie Bookstores!

Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday.

Author Sherman Alexie, in an open letter to authors, asked that authors go out on Small Business Saturday and play bookseller for a day. We have local bookstores who would love to participate in this event, and they need authors!

What to do:

If you are a local author and you would like to support this great cause, please contact one of the following Indie Bookstores and offer your time to sell some books.

Adventures Underground, contact Amanda - Amanda@adventuresunderground.com or (509) 946-9893

Bookworm (Kennewick & Richland), contact owner Cindy Bitzer, bookwormtricities@yahoo.com or 509-735-9016

We hope all our local authors will help these great booksellers and spread the holiday cheer!! Other questions regarding this event? Contact Michelle A. Hansen at michelleahansen@yahoo.com  

Feedback Requested

On behalf of the Rivers of Ink planning committee, presenters and volunteers, we wish to extend a hearty "Thank you!" to everyone who attended and made the 2013 conference a success.20880

We would like to hear about your experience at Rivers of Ink. If you have not already received an evaluation form, please download one of the forms below.

ROI 2013 Evaluation Form (.docx) ROI 2013 Evaluation Form (PDF)

Return forms to info@riversofink.org or mail to: Rivers of Ink, c/o Arts Foundation of the Mid Columbia, PO Box 2296, Richland, WA 99352.

We hope to see you next year!

Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for Rivers of Ink 2013!

See this websites for updates on workshops, presenters and keynote speakers.

Important Announcements:

  • Agent Linn Prentis will be attending Rivers of Ink this year. She will present a workshop "Writing a Query Letter" and will be hearing pitches from conference attendees.

  • Keynote speaker Kathleen Flinnekin was recently awarded the Washington State Book Award for poetry. Congratulations, Kathleen! We look forward to hearing you speak at ROI.

  • Some of our workshops have changed due to cancellations. Check out the new schedule and workshop pages.

  • If you are a presenter, we need your workshop blurbs and biographies NOW! Send them to Ellen or DeeAnna before September 24th to have them included in the program.

  • When you register, make sure you order lunches and get your reservations for the Meet & Greet. You can pay online using PayPal.