Write on the Sound - Write on the Sound

The 32nd annual conference

October 6, 7 & 8, 2017 | Pre-conference October 6

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Frances Anderson Center | 700 Main St | Edmonds WA | 98020

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Take time to be inspired this fall at Write on the Sound (WOTS), a three-day writing conference located in historic Edmonds, Washington. While enjoying breathtaking vistas of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, conference-goers will find many things to spark and motivate their creativity. WOTS offers the opportunity to explore various writing craft techniques with nationally recognized industry professionals in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Discover a different genre, collect an abundance of how-to tips, and find ways to take your writing to the next level. In addition, WOTS offers sessions that unravel the complexities of the publishing industry and outline best business practices. At the end of the day, take a short walk to our picturesque downtown, named 2017’s “best small town to visit” in Washington state by Thrillist.com. Stroll along the waterfront, browse specialty shops and art galleries, and dine at one of the many restaurants. Join us in Edmonds for WOTS 2017!


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Conference Schedule

Manuscript Critique Appointments
Writing Contest
Travel & Accommodations


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$285 - Friday Full Day / Saturday & Sunday
$223 - Friday Full Day / Saturday OR Sunday
$235 - Friday Half Day / Saturday & Sunday
$173 - Friday Half Day / Saturday OR Sunday

$155 - Saturday and Sunday

$130 - Friday Full Day
$80 - Friday Half Day
$93 - Saturday OR Sunday 

$40 Manuscript Critique Appointments - A limited number of one-on-one manuscript critique appointments are available. Fiction/Nonfiction with Jessica Barksdale Inclán and Poetry with Elizabeth Austen. Critique guidelines are available on the Manuscript Critique Appointment page.

$15 Writing Contest (per entry) - Open only to conference attendees. This year’s theme: “Shadows.” Contest rules are available on the Writing Contest page.

$16 Box Lunch - The Frances Anderson Center is easy walking distance to many restaurants, cafés and bistros, as well as the Saturday Farmer's Market. However, if you wish to stay on campus, a selection of four box lunch options are available when you register. 


  • A $10 processing fee will be charged on all refunds prior to August 31
  • No refunds on registrations after August 31
  • No refunds on box lunches, contest entries or manuscript fees


  • Plan to register early. Sessions fill up quickly. Typically, the conference sells out a few weeks after registration opens. 
  • Attendees are required to select sessions at the time of registration. Please review the Conference Schedule on the website before you begin registration.
  • Register for the conference before booking travel and accommodations. Information how to get to Edmonds and where to stay is available on the Travel and Accommodations page.
  • Wait lists for Friday Full-day workshop, conference registration and manuscript critique appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. Conference registration wait list opens after the conference is sold out. We do not offer wait lists for individual sessions except Friday Full-day workshop. Call 425-771-0228 during regular business hours (PDT) for information or to be placed on a wait list.

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With a quick twitch of the thumbs, you can join our email mailing list in an instant. Receive up-to-date news and information about WOTS by texting "WOTS" to 22828, or click on the "Join our mailing list" logo on the right.

Don't take our word for it. Read what others have to say.

 “I've never seen so many smiles…It was clear everyone was enjoying themselves.”

“I left feeling refreshed and have jumped back into my writing with new motivation and energy.”

“This is my first writers' conference. I went from worrying about my 'right' to be there to feeling totally comfortable and one of the crowd. These are my people!”

“All the presenters know their craft and are skilled at sharing it.”

“[I have first-hand knowledge of] all the work that goes into conferences. WOTS is a well-organized and excellent experience.”

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

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Contact Information

Write on the Sound

City of Edmonds Arts Commission

700 Main St. | Edmonds, WA 98020

425-771-0228 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-5:00PM (PT)

Write on the Sound is a program of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission with funding support by community sponsors.

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