Basically, Amtrak responded to this tweet by writer, Jessica Gross …
and decided to offer her a trial ride. According to interviews (and an article by Jessica) post NYC-Chicago-NYC ride, it went fabulously.
If these ‘writing residencies’ actually come to fruition, this is how they would work—writers would be selected on a case-by-case basis, pick a city, ride to and fro (hopefully for free) and write, write, write.
This is a pretty revolutionary idea, especially considering its conception being on Twitter. It’s new-age and it’s great marketing for Amtrak. But, on that same note, since it’s still in its early stages they’ll have to figure out what constitutes someone as a “writer” and what they’ll have to do on their journey for it to be “successful.”
What’s the big idea?
This could bring back the organic experience of wifi-free, stream of consciousness writing. The allure of travel and writing have always been a sensational pair and this deal with Amtrak has the potential to open doors for all kinds of writers—struggling, aspiring, published…
Nothing like encouraging and inspiring writers to write.