Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Amtrak Writers Residency Opens Many Possibilities

Amtrak recently has offered "writers' residencies" for those who will ride their trains and write about whatever they want, apparently. The first writer in the program was Jessica Gross, and Amtrak has plans for a long-term program.

Many other transportation companies could offer writers residencies:

  1. Airlines
  2. Metropolitan Mass Transit (BART, DC Metro, etc)
  3. Cruise Lines
  4. Greyhound Bus

People spend a lot of time traveling from one place to another, so the residencies make sense. But many other industries could gain publicity from such programs.

Cafes

Starbucks, Panera, Cosi, etc

Hotel Chains

InterContinental, Hilton, Marriott, etc

Casinos/Resorts

Sports Teams

I think it would be fair to require a writer in residence to write about the company or the industry, and not just anything. This would seem most appropriate for a residency at the Denver Broncos or the Bellagio in Vegas.

Who is eligible for a residency? Possibilities:

  1. Famous Authors
  2. Lottery, anyone can win
  3. Writing Contest, someone judges the winner

Will any of this happen? Will writers residencies become a long-term part of company marketing?

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