Amtrak Writer’s Residencies

Amtrak Writer’s Residences offers round-trip train rides solely for the purpose of writing.

I love taking the train, even if it would make sense to fly.  Trains are like ideal mobile offices.  You have a view, the ability to walk and go out to lunch, but your away from your daily routine and interruptions.

 

Then today I read this on The Wire, so I guess I’m not alone:

Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing.

After New York City-based writer Jessica Gross took the first “test-run” residency, traveling from NYC to Chicago and back, Amtrak confirmed that it is indeed planning to turn the writers’ residencies into an established, long-term program, sending writers on trains throughout its network of routes.

First, let’s get it out of the way: The Wire is 100 percent on board with this idea. Pun intended, because we’re writers. We love writing, and we love trains, and we love them both together.

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