7 things I’ve learned as an Amtrak ‘writer in residence’


In September 2014, Amtrak announced the winners of its writers residency, a program sparked by one writer’s tweet. The federally-owned passenger network offered free rides to any destination and back, with unlimited stops along the way. From a pool of 16,000 applicants, 24 got to ride the rails in a sleeper car at some time over the following year, meals included — and no writing for Amtrak required

When Amtrak called to say I was one of the winners, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. But I would come to be haunted by my perfectionist need to make the journey as long-lasting and incredible as possible. I wanted the most bang for my non-buck. Here’s what I got Read more…

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