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 collections Instead of Dying (winner of the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry, forthcoming from Center for Literary Publishing 2017), Calenday (Rescue Press 2014), and the artist book The Eccentricity is Zero (Digraph Press 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Colorado Review, Fence, jubilat, The Iowa Review and The Rumpus. A comic book artist and poet, she has taught in the U.S. as well as internationally, including a reading and lecture tour of South Africa sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She has been a recipient of the 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. You can find her online at