Basic Info
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Multi-Genre/Genre-Bender

Ask any writer: the best work often comes out of nowhere, with the feeling that you are a lightning rod for greater knowing. Source material can often provide that electricity. In this exciting course, we will actively pursue this idea by using source materials to launch our writing into unrealized terrain. We will use found language, theme-based inquiry and even field research (field trips!) to inspire insights and creations that we could not have come up with on our own. You will leave the class with a powerful new creative writing process and a fat stack of next-level work.

Lauren Haldeman


Lauren Haldeman is the author of the poetry collection Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award. She works as a web designer for The University of Iowa Writing University and The Iowa Review. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Fence, The Iowa Review, jubilat, and Tupelo Quarterly, and is forthcoming in Colorado Review. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was a recent recipient of the 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award. You can find her on twitter @laurenhaldeman and online at