Call for 2019 Presenters - Write on the Sound
Call for 2019 Presenters

TodMarshall2016creditShannonBlackSession and workshop proposals for the annual Write on the Sound writers' conference are accepted throughout the year. Applications received between April 2, 2018 and March 1, 2019 will be considered for the 2019 conference. Application for the 2018 conference is closed.

Please review the following information about the conference: 

Write on the Sound (WOTS) is a small, high quality, affordable three-day conference focused on the craft of writing. Established in 1985 by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, WOTS is held the first full weekend in October in Edmonds WA. It offers a variety of sessions and panel discussions for all writing levels and interests. The conference provides an opportunity to explore techniques in prose and poetry, including tools to address point of view, voice, story structure and character development, as well as information sessions on building platform, marketing plans and publishing opportunities.  

Special features include Friday full and half-day workshops, one-on-one manuscript critique appointments, a writing contest for conference registrants, on-site bookshop, book signing reception open to the public, a keynote address, community sponsored special events, and the opportunity to network with attendees and other presenters. NOTE: WOTS does not feature a trade show hall, or offer appointments with agents and publishers.   

Conference registration is limited to approximately 275 attendees. Sessions range from 20 to 80 attendees, depending on the schedule and classroom size. Friday half-day workshops are approximately 3.5 hours. Saturday and Sunday sessions are 75 minutes. 

The WOTS attendee looks for practical, "how to" tips, best practices and strategies they can immediately apply to their work and to generally improve their writing skills.  Attendees also look for up-to-date insight and practical information regarding the writing and publishing industry. The goal of the selection committee is to create a well-rounded conference program that offers a variety of sessions on the craft of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as information on specialty topics, genres, publishing industry standards, and current trends. 

Primary consideration is given to applicants with proven in-person conference, classroom or workshop teaching experience.

Saturday/Sunday sessions are 75 minutes. Brief writing exercises are acceptable, but due to limited session time, relative large classroom size and lecture room set up, proposals centered on writing exercises will not be given primary consideration.

Friday half-day workshops are 3.5 hours including at least one 15-20 minute break with approximately 20-50 attendees and classroom set up with tables.

Friday full day workshop is 9:30am - 5:00pm, including one hour break for lunch, one morning 15-20 minute break and one afternoon 15-20 minute break, with 50 attendees, maximum, and classroom set up with tables.

Honorarium/Compensation: The Saturday/Sunday presenter honorarium for 2018 is $150. The rate may change for 2019. Friday half and full-day session honoraria vary, starting at $400. Small travel stipends may be available for presenters who live over fifty miles from Edmonds. Overnight accommodations are not included, but a special conference rate and room block is reserved for faculty at Best Western Plus/Edmonds Harbor Inn (6 blocks from the conference venue). Saturday/Sunday sessions scheduled just before lunch break include a box lunch. All others are offered box lunches "at cost."



  • The information above is important to review before drafting and sending your proposal.
  • No more than 3 proposals, please. You may provide a list of additional session topics, but due to the volume of applications received, the selection committee respectfully requests applicants limit session proposals to 3 for consideration.
  • Your session proposal must include:
    • A 50-word summary of your presentation
    • At least three key "take away" points
    • The session format (panel discussion; lecture; lecture and classroom interaction; lecture with media presentation; lecture and writing exercise, etc.)
    • A detailed description of your proposed session(s). Maximum one page per description.
  • Your resume, including previous teaching experience and/or conference presentations (Please limit to 2-3 pages. Please, do not submit a CV)
  • List your full name, author name if applicable, mailing address, contact phone, email, website/blog or social media address on your resume.
  • A list of your publication credentials.
  • Minimum 3 professional teaching, conference and/or publication references (Please provide contact information, only. Do not submit letters of recommendation).
  • Email your application in a single Word or PDF document to conference coordinator Laurie Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 If you have questions, please call 425-771-0228. We are more than happy to discuss your application before you submit.

Write on the Sound
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St
Edmonds WA 98020
wotsat symbol mdedmondswablack dotgov

 33rd annual conference
October 5, 6 & 7, 2018


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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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