Gotta admit, this is a pretty cool idea!
From the Amtrack blog:
Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program.And it all started with an idea put out there on twitter... (That's inspiring in its own right.)
#AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration. Routes will be determined based on availability.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a panel. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program starting March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015. A passion for writing and an aspiration to travel with Amtrak for inspiration are the sole criteria for selection. Both emerging and established writers will be considered.
Residencies will be anywhere from 2-5 days, with exceptions for special projects.
Check it out - and if you apply, let us know in comments!
Illustrate and Write On, and good luck,
ps - Thanks to Lesley for the heads-up on this one!