Saturday, February 22, 2014

Inside Amtrak's Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

As a travel writer I am excited to ride the rails and write! Can you imagine if you want to write the great American novel or you need to write a 'white paper' or scientific research!! Let's see if this is for real!

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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