Life on the road is something many writers and artists aspire to, and Amtrak‘s new residency program could ease some creative geniuses into this wanderlust lifestyle. Amtrak’s unique program, though not yet official, is offering free roundtrip journeys to writers to help them stay focused and keep their inspiration flowing, all thanks to a Twitter suggestion made by a customer a while back. Jessica Gross, one of the first few who tested the “writer’s residency,” took her work on the train, speeding her way from NYC to Chicago and back creating.
During her time on the rail, she put together a post for the Paris Review, while making a few tweets about her experiences, as well as an end-of-the-trip interview for Amtrak’s company blog. “Train time is found time. My main job is to be transported; any reading or writing is extracurricular. The looming pressure of expectation dissolves,” Gross writes. According to Julia Quin, Social Media Director for Amtrak, the company eventually hopes to offer the service several times a month, with a particular focus on individuals with a strong social media presence. So it’s best not to pack your bags just yet, as Amtrak has to choose you before you can embark on your own writer’s residency.