Dear +Richard Branson
I've been paying a bit of attention to you recently. I've seen that you're interested in the importance of #Storytelling
, and that you've been helping Sam Branson encourage people to literally go the distance and reach new heights with the STRIVE challenge. You're focused on innovation, trying new things, and pushing into the future.
So am I.
I am a graduate student, currently working on my Masters degree in English, as well as a published writer in several genres. Fantasy, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Horror - I like each severally, but I especially like mixing them together to develop new connections, to find new stories to tell and new elements to express from old stories.
As part of both this interest and my studies, I've been accepted to a summer semester at Oxford University, to study the Oxford Fantasists. It's an exciting prospect - and funding it almost had me stop myself before I even applied. But it's an opportunity I refused to not throw myself at, and I've got the chance to go.
The problem, of course, is getting there.
I've been crowdfunding as much of the trip as I can, using +Indiegogo
. But I also wanted to reach out to you for help.
As you may have heard, +Amtrak
has recently implemented a program granting writers-in-residence to writers who ride their trains and write their stories, and I love that idea. Moreover, I don't think it's one that needs to be restricted to the confines of the continental United States.
Given your devotion to innovation and storytelling, and the clear joy that you take in interesting new projects, I am writing to request a similar program in conjunction with +Virgin Atlantic
. I want to work with you, and be your first Writer In Residence on an international flight, writing part of a short story on the trip from Boston to Heathrow, to get to Oxford, and the rest on the way home.
What better fantasy has there ever been, than for mankind to fly?