America’s Amtrak

Sometimes in life you read something and an idea just grabs hold of you. I read this article about Amtrak offering writers’ residencies and immediately I thoughtWOW! pretty-pleaseHow awesome would it be to bring a few students and write about our experiences?”

So, I sent an email to Julia Quinn head of social media at Amtrak and asked her if she could make my dream come true. Here is a brief summary of what I sent:

I recently read an article about Amtrak offering writers’ residencies. I’d like to offer up myself and a few of my students for a week or two over the summer to tell Amtrak’s story. The idea would be to write about the passengers, the employees, the train stations – you name it – and we’ll blog, Pin, post, Tweet, and share our experiences.

Give us just a short amount of time, a little space, and we’ll become your digital storytellers. We can utilize a variety of tools including text, photography, video, audio, and social media to chronicle our experiences and those we interact with on your train.

I tell my students that if there is something you want in life you have to ask. I want to go on this adventure, teach my students how to write, edit, report and represent a brand all while showing America what Amtrak looks like through the lens of a few travelers.

So, what do you think? Can we do it?

I’m sharing this with you for a couple of  reasons.

First, as I mentioned in my email to her, I really do tell my students that if you don’t ask for what you want in life then you will never know if you can have it. Let’s be honest here, there are really only two answers to my question – yes or no. But, if I don’t ask I’ll never know. So I had to ask!!! For all of you – make sure you never pass up an opportunity to ask.

Second, I’m hoping you will share my post. Maybe the more people who share it, like it, or just root for my idea then Julia will think: WOW – what a brilliant idea!” And maybe, just maybe she will email me back and say YES!

Cross your fingers folks! Let’s make this happen!

  One thought on “America’s Amtrak

  1. February 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    This sounds simply amazing. I can’t speak for anyone else but I haven’t traveled much of America outside of Michigan. Seeing any part of the country via Amtrak would be an extraordinary experience. Where do I sign up?

  2. February 23, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Reblogged this on -Caterinni- and commented:
    I know that if I were lucky enough to go have an Amtrak residency I would be able to discover myself and our country at the same time.

  3. February 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Please feel free to submit this on the very unofficial Great Amtrak Residency Caper, which we’re having fun with while trying to get Amtrak’s attention. http://amtrakresidency.tumblr.com/submit .

  4. February 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I would be really amazing to travel America that way. I would love to do it if they say yes.

  5. February 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Great post! I saw this and was equally amazed. You never know unless you ask. I wrote a whole blog article about this last summer. A friend of mine was talking to me about something along the same lines a few weeks ago and I told him that I won’t let myself get in my own way. If someone wants to tell me it can’t happen that’s okay but then I’ll just ask someone else. Moral of the story, stay open-minded.

    Here’s my post if you’re interested: http://advertorious.com/2013/07/15/you-never-know-unless-you-ask/

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