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2017 Writer in Residence Program

The Friends of Lakeside Lab have now closed the application process for the 2017 Summer and Fall Writer in Residence Program. Watch for details coming soon about the writers selected for this year's sessions!

2016 Fall Writer in Residence

My residency at Lakeside Lab gave me the time and space I needed to make significant progress on my current novel. With only the natural beauty of northwestern Iowa to distract me, I completed several new chapters and revised over 100 pages of old material. I also gained valuable experience as an educator through my public outreach project, a series of environmental writing workshops on themes such as the ethics of anthropomorphism and the preservation of extinct species in human memory. I urge any eco-conscious young writer in need of creative freedom or professional development to apply to the Writer-in-Residence program.
— Corrina Carter, 2016 Fall Writer in Residence











2016 Writer in Residence Program

Diatom Class

"My residency at Lakeside Lab gifted me not only the time and space to write, but also the new experiences I craved to inspire and invigorate my work. During my residency, I cored lake sediment with the diatoms class, collected water samples with CLAMP volunteers on East Okoboji, and caught sight of a Prothonotary Warbler perched among the cottonwood trees of Lakeside’s waterfront. I found birding with Professor Bernstein’s ornithology class especially inspiring, as I am currently working on a short story inspired by mist netting.

This residency also gave me the opportunity to work on my audio storytelling skills. I interviewed and chatted with a whole troop of pleasant and knowledgeable students and instructors about their experiences at Lakeside Lab. As someone interested in podcasting, I appreciated the freedom to experiment and learn how to shape these narratives.

I am grateful to the Friends of Lakeside for supporting and valuing writers and their work. It’s an important and gracious thing that you do here. Thank you again!" — Jenna Mertz, 2016 Lakeside Summer Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence Program

“My residency at the Iowa Lakeside Lab was such an incredible gift of time and inspiration. The landscape and wildlife, the lake and sky, all found their way into my writing, expanding my language and moving me to new perspectives and ideas. Furthermore, the opportunity to talk to students and faculty, to accompany classes into the field and witness the research happening all around me, was truly invaluable.”
— Samantha Collier, 2015 Summer Writer in Residence


"While staying at Lakeside Lab, I gathered algae samples, participated in an archaeological dig, visited a fish hatchery, collected live animals, kayaked canals, and cooked with our very own Dianna Isder. These experiences directly inspired my own creative work, as I am currently developing a young adult novel about Iowa’s agricultural system. With the help of staff and students, I collected a bounty of fascinating factoids about the surrounding landscape—so much so that my novel now deals heavily with water quality issues. I am amazed by Lakeside’s beauty and its continued commitment to research. Thanks again to the Friends of Lakeside for supporting this invaluable opportunity to grow as a young artist."
— Adam Wright, 2015 Summer Writer in Residence



2015 Summer Writers in Residence

The Friends of Lakeside are pleased to announce that two writers were selected for this 2015's Summer Writer in Residence program at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory; Adam Wright, a dual-degree graduate student at Iowa State University pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment and an MS in Sustainable Agriculture, and Samantha Collier, an MFA candidate in playwriting at University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Both writers spent three weeks respectively at Lakeside Lab courtesy of the Friends of Lakeside Lab and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and Regents Resource Center. From leading writing sessions at the Lab's Wild Wednesdays and summer nature camps to performing live readings of their work, both Adam and Samantha immersed themselves in all things "Lakeside." The Friends were delighted to have writers of such caliber on campus.

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    • SAVE THE DATE!!! The Friends Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 6pm, in the Lakeside Dining Hall. Please plan to join us as we celebrate an eventful and productive year at the Lab. Contact Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director, at 712-337-3669 ext. 1 for more information.
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