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 thought “WOW! How awesome would it be to bring a few students and write about our experiences?”
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!