The ink is barely dry on the 2014 Rivers of Ink conference but plans are well underway for the 2015 conference, bigger and better than ever. We will shortly have a call for presentations on the website. In addition we hope to soon be able to announce whom our 2015 Keynote speakers will be! Please bookmark the Rivers of Ink website and check back often.


The sixth annual Rivers of Ink writer’s conference was held October 10 and 11 at the Richland Public Library. Thanks to our wonderful presenters and attendees, it was the most successful ever! Over 80 people attended, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with most evaluations giving presenters 5-out-of-5. The most popular workshops were from both new and returning presenters, including topics such as Making the Break from Traditional to Indie Publishing, from keynote speaker Delilah Marvelle; The Media Interview, from Tri-Cities radio personality Greg Martin; and Real Fighting in Fiction, from Amazon best-selling author Jason Bond.   “The speakers and authors were all so friendly and kind in sharing their knowledge,” said one attendee. Another commented, “It was hard to decide which class to attend – there were so many excellent choices!” The most-requested way to improve the conference was to run more workshops. Suggestions for workshops included pitching strategies, story arc, screenwriting, poetry, and picture books. Interest in independent publishing and marketing was also high.   What would you like to see on the schedule for Rivers of Ink 2015? Tell us in the comments.

Call for Presentations 2014

Rivers of Ink is now accepting proposals for presentations for our October 10-11th, 2014 conference.

Please read the following carefully and be sure to submit all required materials. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

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. RIO provides a mix of sessions on the craft of writing, publishing and genre topics. Presenters are paid an honorarium ($105 for a 75-minute workshops). 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.

Submission Instructions:

Obtain an application form (below). Please email all requested materials as attachments to admin@riversofink.org  Include RIVERS OF INK PRESENTATION APPLICATION in the subject line.  Application deadline: May 31, 2014.

Proposals MUST include all of the following:

  • Completed Application
  • Detailed description of presentation topic, plus a 50 word summary of the topic
  • A list of three things people will learn from this presentation
  • Current resume, including courses you have taught and location, public speaking experience, publication credentials
  • 2-3 references.
  • Color photograph and a 50-word biography for use in the conference program

Selection Process:

Applications are reviewed by the ROI Planning Committee. Selections are based on appropriateness of content for the conference program, topic, and presenter expertise on topic.

2014 Presenter Application