As writers, we’re all too familiar with the common, seemingly hopeless quest to find a place where we can sit and work for hours at a time without household, office, or coffee shop distractions getting in the way. One place we’ve heard many a fellow writer tout as a fantastic, distraction-free workspace is a train — being alone (and somewhat captive) for an extended period of time seems to help inspire the urge to buckle down and be productive.
But what starving writer can afford to ride around on a train every time they need to meet a deadline?
Enter Amtrak. Thanks to a serendipitous Twitter encounter and a successful trial run, the train company has decided to offer promotional “Writers’ Residencies,” which will allow writers to hop round-trip trains for free.
After reading Alexander Chee’s interview in Pen America, which read in part, “I still like a train best for [writing]. I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers,” New York-based writer Jessica Gross was inspired to tweet her agreement.
Apparently recognizing a unique marketing opportunity, Amtrak responded to Gross, saying: Read more