Amtrak has started offering writer residencies after seeing a few writers tweeting about how they wished it offered such a thing.
But what’s so great about creating on a train anyways? Jessica Gross, after finishing her cross-country train ride, explained in The Paris Review:
I’ve always been a claustrophile, and I think that explains some of the appeal—the train is bounded, compartmentalized, and cozily small, like a carrel in a college library. Everything has its place. The towel goes on the ledge beneath the mirror; the sink goes into its hole in the wall; during the day, the bed, which slides down from overhead, slides up into a high pocket of space. There is comfort in the certainty of these arrangements. The journey is bounded, too: I know when it will end. Train time is found time. My main job is to be transported; any reading or writing is extracurricular. The looming pressure of expectation dissolves. And the movement of a train conjures the ultimate sense of protection—being a baby, rocked in a bassinet.
We think you should reach out to them as well! This kind of structured, quiet, and unfamiliar, working space would work well for any creative.