Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:30 pm Post
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Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:27 am Post
Many of the writers I know want to apply, and most of us agree: We have never seen anything like this response. There are plenty of residency programs for writers all over the country, even ones where actual money and free houses are provided. But here it seems to be something about the allure of the train itself: the history, the romance, the characters, and even, yes, the slowness.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:29 pm Post
Trains more than any other form of transport lend themselves to creativity. It may not be possible on those crowded commuter journeys but is possible on longer quieter ones. Poets and writers have long been drawn to the rails and initiatives such as this can leads to another ‘Night Train’ to rival Auden, then it will be a small price to pay and a journey worth taking.
Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:31 pm Post
Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:16 am Post
Absolutely and to to ensure that we are making the program cost efficient, we will work with our revenue management department to identify undersold space for the residency spots.
[–]doryelizabeth_ 3 points 1 day ago
Makes a ton of sense! Lets the residency double as a way to fill empty seats, and allows writers to draw focus onto routes that folks aren't taking quite so often.
Thanks for the reply, Julia!
Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:53 pm Post
Up to 24 writers will be chosen for the first batch of residencies, taking place from March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015.
#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.
Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:00 pm Post
Also, if your sample is part of a published work, how might the rights you've already granted conflict with the rights Amtrak is demanding? And why should writers who submit and are not chosen for the Residency have to struggle with these questions at all?
We are the trekking, hiking, walking, climbing outdoors and archeology guides of Turkey. We are based in Cappadocia, a very special region which resembles a magical fairy tale land. The remains of the millions years ago volcanic eruptions, shaped by the wind and rain for thousands of years, have formed one of natures most spectacular masterpieces: Strange rock formations, called: "fairy chimneys". Beautifully coloured valleys full of these 'fairy houses' have been a fantastic stage for some of the most important actors of known history, some of which are the Hittites, The Persians, Alexander the Great, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Many of these caves are still decorated with icons and wall paintings from the early Christian times.
Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:36 pm Post
Since our launch in 2002, The World has continuously circumnavigated the globe, spending extensive time in the most exotic and well-traveled ports, allowing us - the Residents - to wake up in a new destination every few days, exploring with depth we had never before thought possible. It's a lifestyle we are truly grateful to live each day.
At 644 feet, The World is the largest privately owned yacht on the planet. Each of us owns one or more of the 165 private onboard Residences, and collectively, we own the ship, ensuring that our experiences - both onboard and off - are far beyond current luxury travel standards.
Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:24 pm Post
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Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:14 pm Post
Last week, Amtrak revealed the 24 writers who will, over the next year, hone their craft aboard a long-distance train.
Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:52 pm Post
Several years ago, when we were still wintering in Palm Springs, I decided to make the annual journey south into a four-day “Bucket List” train trip adventure. Pat, a fellow writer and Certified Train Nut, promised it would be a ball. Mr. Ammo Grrrll opted to drive. Mr. Ammo Grrrll is a very smart guy. I swear every word of the following description is true.
I have failed to mention that this was over the Thanksgiving weekend. Can you guess who spends family holidays alone on a train? Crazy people, that’s who. Permanently in residence in the bar car was a tattooed woman who volunteered that she was in AA , NA and a support group for Sexual Addicts. The trifecta of bad life decisions coupled with an imperfect understanding of the word “anonymous”. There were seven empty beer bottles in front of her. This was a new, relaxed rule for AA with which I was not familiar.
Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:58 pm Post
Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, which it bills as “A Grand West Coast Train Adventure,” is its last remaining full-service sleeper train. The Coast Starlight is home to what would have previously been standard: a dining car, an observation car with floor-to ceiling windows, a movie theater, and a full slate of entertainment options, including the two complimentary wine tastings.
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