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Amtrak Names 2nd Group of Writers in Residence

July 19, 2016

Amtrak has chosen the second class of writers to participate in the Amtrak Residency program whereby the participants travel by train as part of their work.

Amtrak logoIn a news release, Amtrak said the writers will be offered “a travel experience with amazing scenery, an environment that fosters engaging connections, and the ability to explore and be inspired by the diversity of landscapes America has to offer.”

About two writers per month will travel round trip on pre-selected (based on availability) trains that will include all 15 of Amtrak’s long-distance routes.

The writers were chosen by a panel of published authors and two former Amtrak residents. Amtrak personnel also participated in the selection process.

“We are excited to build on the success of the residency program and offer a second group of writers a creative environment to focus on the work of their choice,” said Julia Quinn, Amtrak director of public relations.

Amtrak Seeking Writers for Residency Program

December 22, 2015

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 blog.amtrak.com or follow #AmtrakResidency.