Write by the Rails Releases Anthology, Celebrates 10+ Years

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Write by the Rails (WbtR), the Prince William Chapter of the non-profit Virginia Writers Club, announced publication of its anthology, Steam Ahead! Edited by WbtR co-president and prolific author Maryel Stone, the collection features fiction, poetry and non-fiction by more than a dozen members.

About the Anthology

Steam Ahead!

“This collection of stories, poems, and photos has been inspired by the glimmer of light on the horizon, the promise of dawn, and the heart-warming feeling of coming together with others to celebrate a new year,” said Stone.

“These works, donated by the diverse and talented members of Write by the Rails, are designed to open our eyes to the small joys that we overlook every day, and to remind us all that kindness happens, nature inspires, wishes are granted, and love wins.”

Stone led the all-volunteer editorial board in soliciting and selecting manuscripts and suggesting edits. “I want to thank Maryel who had the know-how and wherewithal to take on this heavy lift,” said founding member and co-president Katherine Gotthardt. “Our editorial board members Brian Donnell James, Kathy Smaltz, and Leigh Giza did a fabulous job supporting this effort which ultimately promotes our talented, hardworking members.”

WbtR’s Longevity

WbtR’s fifth anthology, Steam Ahead! celebrates the WbtR’s longevity. Founded in 2011, WbtR is the longest running state affiliated writing group in the area. Launched by then-Manassas resident and writer Cindy Brookshire, WbtR aims to raise the profile of the local literary community and explore ways to nurture, cultivate, and help that community grow. WbtR is led by an all-volunteer board. Proceeds from Steam Ahead! support the group’s monthly educational activities and regular community initiatives.

Stone said, “These pictures, poems, and stories are representative of the eclectic gifts of our members, and of their amazing talents. I am grateful to count myself among them.

“If you live in the Prince William County/Manassas area of Northern Virginia, if you love the written and spoken word, I’d encourage you to take a look at our website. We’d love to include some of your writing in our next members’ anthology.”

Learn more at WbtR.org.

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