Slow Travel : A Northwest Writing Getaway

along the coast

I am a fan of slow travel. Tomorrow,  I will be leaving my apartment by taxi at 5:00 in the morning in order to arrive at the train station to travel to Edmonds, Washington. I have taken the Cascades train a couple of times before and I enjoy train travel.

When I arrive in Edmonds, I'll take the Kingston ferry to the Olympic Peninsula.

I have upgraded my train ticket for the more comfortable business class. There is wifi and I might be able to doze a little. I will have 3 hours in Edmonds before I connect with a bus to take me on the ferry to travel to Port Townsend. Edmonds is a wonderful small West Coast American city to visit!

The train station and ferry terminal are a few metres apart. There are restaurants, shops and galleries on the main street. If you want to visit one of the best travel stores that I've seen, Rick Steves' Travel Store is within walking distance of the harbour.

Port Townsend (old photo from Wikipedia Commons)

I will travel from Kingston to Port Townsend by means of Greyhound bus which will drop me at a transfer point for local transit which I will take to my final destination. I will be attending  YAWP at Fort Worden.

I have never attended a writing retreat before. YAWP is an alternative (Your Alternative Writing Program) to AWP (The Association of Writers and Writing Programs), a more prestigious event.
I will be revising a story that I wrote for a Children's Writing class five years ago.

The instructor, who owns a successful publishing company, told me that my story would not be marketable because of cultural appropriation. I had not heard of the term five years ago but it means that my story of Japanese-Canadian children in Steveston during World War Two can only be told by a Japanese-Canadian. I'm not sure how or if I can revise but it's a starting point for the week-end.

This week-end will be an adventure and getting there will be half the fun! Maybe I'll have a draft of something on Sunday when I return or maybe I'll do some really intense journal writing or maybe I'll spend a lot of time blogging.

These books are part of my personal library. I don't intend to read any other books this week-end as this is full immersion for me.

“There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces. I must have time alone in which to mull over my encounter, and to extract its juice, its essence, to understand what has really happened to me as a consequence of it.”

from Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton


  1. I think I would get a second opinion about the cultural appropriation conclusion. Many writers produce material not related to their own culture or experience.

    1. At the time, I really did not agree. That means a woman can not develop a male protagonist, historical fiction would not exist because the author did not live in that period, and James Michener and Edward Rutherford would never have published a single book. In the children's book market, diversity sells. As a Canadian-born daughter of Canadian-born parents, I would have a very hard time publishing anything.


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