Want a rolling start on your next piece of writing? Consider spending a day on the train. Back for the first time since February 2020, Rhythm on the Rails is an immersive, intimate, and inspirational one-day writing retreat on the train, facilitated by writer (etc.!) Johnnie Mazzocco. This year’s ride, from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, Washington, and back, will roll on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Enrollment is VERY limited and today, Monday, March 13, is the last day for early-bird pricing. So if you’re interested, visit the ROTR website, read all about it, and sign up!

Rhythm on the Rails

January 22, 2020

Attention, Portland-area writers: Rhythm on the Rails is back for another immersive round trip. On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Johnnie Mazzocco will guide a group of writers from Portland to Seattle and back to Portland, by rail, writing all the way. In addition to six hours of writing (three up, three back), the journey also includes lunch at Matt’s in the Market, a visit to the Seattle Art Museum (with prompts), as well as free time to explore Pike Place Market or other Seattle sights of your choice. It’s a rolling writing retreat and it sounds pretty swell.

all aboard…or not…

March 20, 2014

Amtrak residency

By now, you’ve likely heard of the Amtrak Residency program, “designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment.” Sounds a dream for lovers of train travel and Facebook is abuzz with writers declaring their intent to apply for one of the 24 two-to-five-day residences.

If you’re buzzing, too, you might want to consider the rights issues mentioned on Writer Beware®: The Blog, “Rights Concerns: Amtrak Residency Program.”

We’ve mentioned Writer Beware before. The site keeps a finger on the pulse of publishers, websites, contests, programs and other possible hazards to the welfare of writers and the Writer Beware website is worth a visit.

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