Beacon Hill Writing Marathon tomorrow

This notice came across the Beacon Hill mailing list today:

The Beacon Hill Writing Marathon (lots of writing and reading sprinkled with intermittent walking) is this Sunday.

Sunday, June 3
Begins at Beacon Hill Library
1 pm – 4:30 pm

Three Hours of Non-Critical Communal Writing
All Genres and Experience Levels Welcome
Absolutely Free

I don’t know anything else about the event at this point. If you need more info, email

4 thoughts on “Beacon Hill Writing Marathon tomorrow”

  1. Did you ever find out what this was? 🙂 Hubby and I are both writers, but we didn’t see this post in time! So now we’re all curious…

  2. Cindy — I organized the writing marathon on Sunday. The idea of a marathon is to break up into small groups of three or four and wander a neighborhood, stopping along the way to write for 10-20 minutes (or more). After each session, everyone in the group reads something they wrote aloud — but no critical feedback is offered, positive or negative.

    After each session, the group chooses a new location from a map of potential writing spots (or discovers their own spot) and starts walking. At the end of the marathon the groups meet up for an optional read-around.

    There were five of us on this marathon (one group) and the weather certainly cooperated. A marathon is a great opportunity to write with new people in new places over the course of an afternoon. After a few sessions, the writing seems to just start flowing.

    I’d definitely be interested in organizing another marathon in Beacon Hill at some point in the future. I’ve already pulled together a map with a list of potential writing spots and the guidelines for participating — so it would just be a matter of choosing a date (and doing a better job of getting the word out).


    Here’s an article on the New Orleans Writing Marathon, if you’re interested:

  3. Oh my gosh, I would have loved to attend this event. I would be happy to avail myself for helping to organize the next Beacon Hill writing marathon, plus helping to get the word out. Thanks for making wonderful things happen in our neighborhood. You can contact me at

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