Travel & Accommodations - Write on the Sound
Travel & Accommodations

Frances Anderson Center 800The Write on the Sound writers' conference is held at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020. The Frances Anderson Center is a historic 1920s school building, converted to a multi-use recreational and cultural center for the City of Edmonds. Click here for the Google Maps link. Please contact staff regarding ADA accommodations.


Getting Here

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bus iconPublic Transportation: The Frances Anderson Center is accessible by public transportation. If coming from outside Snohomish County, please check your regional service of tranportation that will connect you to Snohomish Community Transit. Look for routes that run on Main Street and Dayton Street (Route 116). Bus stops are located at the Edmonds Sno-Isle Library, which is next door to the Frances Anderson Center, at 650 Main St. or Dayton St & Durbin Dr.

plane icon1Plane: The Puget Sound region is primarily serviced by Sea-Tac International Airport, located approximately 15 miles south of downtown Seattle. Edmonds is 16 miles north of downtown Seattle. There are several shuttle services from Sea-Tac to Edmonds. Because traffic is unpredictable, it is strongly advised to pre-schedule a shuttle to Edmonds.


Paine Field in Everett: United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced commercial flights from select U.S. cities to Everett's Paine Field starting sometime in 2018. As of January 2018, an exact start date for this new service has not been announced. Check with the airlines for up-to-date information.

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Driving Directions:

From the South: From I-5, take Exit 177 west toward the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry. Follow SR 104 to Edmonds City Center, which puts you onto 5th Avenue. Turn right at the roundabout fountain onto Main Street. Go up the hill to 7th & Main. The Frances Anderson Center is an old school building, on the right (south) side of the street.


From the North: From I-5 take Exit 181B – Lynnwood/196th St. SW. Proceed west on 196th (SR 524). The arterial curves and changes names as it comes down the hill into Edmonds. You will come to a traffic light at 3rd and Main St. Turn left and follow Main St. up the hill to 7th & Main St. The Frances Anderson Center is an old school building, on the right (south) side of the street.


Parking: The Frances Anderson Center does not have a parking lot. There is free, unlimited street parking in the immediate vicinity of the center on both Main Street and Dayton Street, as well as surrounding neighborhood residential streets. Please note that the blocks closer to the center of town are designated as 3-hour parking. 

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Stay in Edmonds

Write on the Sound partners with the Edmonds Harbor Inn Best Western Plus to offer attendees a comfortable, convenient and affordable lodging option for their weekend writing escape. The hotel is approximately six blocks downhill from the Frances Anderson Center, close to the waterfront. While some consider the distance and hill climb walkable, others prefer transportation. The Best Western does not have a shuttle service, so guests need to arrange ride-shares or carpools to and from the Frances Anderson Center. All rooms include the Extended Continental Breakfast and are available on a first come, first served basis. Conference discount expires September 1st.

Best Western Plus Edmonds Harbor Inn
130 West Dayton, Edmonds, WA 98020
Make your reservation through the local number, 425-771-5021, and remember to indicate you are attending WOTS. 

Lynnwood Hampton Inn is located 6 miles east of the Frances Anderson Center. A conference discount is not available.

For more information on additional lodging and restaurants in the area, please go to:

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Things to See & Do

Voted as one of the "Best Small Towns to Visit in All 50 States" in 2017 by "...for the combination of breathtaking waterfront scenery, big-city-worthy dining options, and loads of great watering holes...[and] outside of the [major cities] the state might not have a finer performing arts center than the Edmonds Performing Arts Center."  

Edmonds has a casual, picturesque small-town atmosphere coupled with breathtaking views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The endless charm of the city's downtown core is found in its eclectic restaurants, shops, boutiques and pubs, all within walking distance of forested hiking trails, beaches and the Washington State Ferry terminal. Whatever you choose to do, exploring Edmonds is fun and easy. For complete information of all the things to see and do during your stay, go to: |


Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds WA

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.

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

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