Nov. 2: New free writing festival at WSU Tri-Cities welcomes writers from throughout the region

Nov. 2: New free writing festival at WSU Tri-Cities welcomes writers from throughout the region

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Franklin County Historical Society and the Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities invite writers and aspiring writers of all ages to attend the new Three Rivers Writers’ Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2, at WSU Tri-Cities in Richland.

Throughout the festival, participants will hear from established local and regional authors, publishers and editors, WSU English and history faculty members, and partake in seminars and workshops.

The festival runs 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the East Building at WSU Tri-Cities.

“Our goal is to bring together writers from throughout eastern Washington to celebrate writing, to discuss the role of place in writing about eastern Washington, and to highlight local opportunities in the mid-Columbia region for writing and publishing,” said Michael Mays, director of the Hanford History Project and English professor at WSU Tri-Cities.

Mays said the festival presents an excellent opportunity for writers of all abilities.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn about the nuts and bolts of the writing and publishing process from highly-acclaimed authors on the regional and national levels. Workshops will feature panelists discussing topics such as writing local history; non-fiction, journalism, and other forms of writing; and the publication process,”  he said.

The festival is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Books from the featured authors will be available for purchase by cash or check throughout the day. A meet and greet with the authors will follow the last workshop session from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on campus.

For more information about the festival, to view the full schedule and for a complete list of authors and publishers featured at the event, visit


Media contacts:

Michael Mays, director of Hanford History Project and English professor, 509-372-7380,

Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations specialist, 509-372-7333,