Down the Rabbit Hole: How Research Can Enrich Your Creative Work

Down the Rabbit Hole: How Research Can Enrich Your Creative Work

Date(s) - October 28, 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


In this creative writing workshop, we’ll look at how research can inform and enliven our creative work. How can we incorporate the language of science into a poem? How can we turn what we learned from the fascinating article we read in Scientific American into a sonnet, a story, or an essay? How can we strike a balance between scientific and lyrical language in our writing about the natural world so that we don’t sound like a field guide but our readers learn something and are inspired to learn more on their own? We’ll look at some examples of this kind of creative work, and participants will be encouraged to go down rabbit holes in their research and use the joy and surprise of learning about the natural world as flint and spark for their own writing.

  • Registration is required and limited
  • Registration closes October 28th at 9:00am

About the instructor: Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collections Daughters, Breaking, Navigation, 40 Weeks and most recently, Solastalgia, a collection of poems about climate change, extinction, and the Anthropocene Age (JackLeg Press, 2023). Brittney was raised in Colorado and has lived in Portland, Oregon for the past three decades, where she is an alumna and employee of Reed College. She is currently at work on her first short story collection. For more information, visit

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