My writer residency on the commuter rail
In January, Amtrak announced that they were launching a writer in residence program. The internet buzzed as writers rushed to submit their applications, lured by the romance of train travel and the chance to practice their craft free from the demands of the office or the coffee shop.
Though not without hiccups, Amtrak’s Writer in Residence program seems to be mostly a marketing success. The idea was inspired by a remark from novelist Alexander Chee in a PEN America interview with Lauren Cerand: