Amtrak Seeking Writers for Residency Program

Amtrak is accepting applications for its second writers in residence program.

The passenger railroad will select 24 writers to take part in the program, which offers participants a chance to travel the country by rail and “find inspiration from the diversity of landscapes America has to offer,” Amtrak said in a news release.

The program application consists of two questions and the opportunity to provide up to a 20-page writing sample. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2016

“At Amtrak, we have been honored to play a small part in the stories created by our first 24 residents,” said Julia Quinn, Amtrak director of public relations. “We want to build on the success of the initial launch of the program in 2014 by selecting another group of writers for the Amtrak Residency program and offering them the chance to travel across the country by train.”

During the past year, the 24 residents in the first program traveled the county on such trains as the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight and Empire Builder.

Amtrak said the program offers writers “the chance to experience amazing scenery, an environment that fosters engaging connections and the opportunity to explore and find inspiration from the diversity of landscapes America has to offer.”

Amtrak Resident Lindsay Moran traveled on the Sunset Limited from Los Angeles to New Orleans.

“Weeks out of the routine and responsibilities of being a mom, and my multiple other ‘jobs,’ did enable me to finally put some words down on an idea that’s been brewing in my head for a long time,” Moran wrote about her trip. “I feel like I got my writer-ly groove back; so much so that I’m thinking about making one long-distance train trip an annual solo event.”

For more information on Amtrak and the Amtrak Residency program, visit or follow #AmtrakResidency.

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