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.]