Amtrak’s Writing Residency

I’m pretty sure this is on the list of coolest things I’ve ever heard of.  Amtrak is in the process of developing a writing residency program.  While they’re still ironing out the details, the program is going to look something like this.  Amtrak has 15 long distance routes — they want writers on each route, riding for free, writing while they’re on the train.  There will be some requirements — like using social media to tell the world about it while in the “residency.”  But, still … can you imagine?

Spending a few days on a train, traveling across the country for free and spending all of those hours writing, blogging, and tweeting.  I know I’ll be applying as soon as the applications go live.  Who is with me?

[Edited to Add:  The application is now up.  And, yes, my application has been submitted.]

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About the name. I was the youngest of four. Until I got to kindergarten, I didn't have much to say. All I had to do to get what I wanted was to point, and a sibling, or loving parent, would fulfill my request. As a result, my father coined the nickname -- King Midget. At least that's the way the story goes. I am a father, husband, friend, and lover, writer, runner, pizza maker, baker, and many other things. What I am not is my occupation. It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family. But, it does not define me.
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4 Responses to Amtrak’s Writing Residency

  1. Trent Lewin says:

    That is cool – and glad you submitted an application for this. The family life just wouldn’t let me participate (although hanging out with you on a train over some beers and talking writing – that’s the stuff of dreams right there). Do you need a reference or anything for the application? I’d be happy to throw in.

    • kingmidget says:

      There isn’t a place on the application for references, otherwise …

      When my kids were younger, this probably wouldn’t have been possible for me either, although I did take a “writing vacation” every now and then.

      We will definitely need to find that opportunity for beers and conversation somewhere along the way. I think Amtrak should try to turn the program into a group Residency rather than a solo traveler effort. Think about it … throw together four or five writers and have them discuss their writing, work on their writing, and blog about it on a three or four day train trip. That might be interesting. Or a complete catastrophe.

      • Trent Lewin says:

        I think that could be an interesting catastrophe… and so much fun. I dream of sitting down and talking about writing… and on a train, that would be wonderful, seeing things move around you. Now you got me dreaming…

  2. sknicholls says:

    I hope you get selected. I read about that and thought it would be one of the coolest experiences ever.

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