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Above the Fold: How fan fiction inspired UI creative writing students

The genre, which reimagines or expands published works, has been an entry point to literature.
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Curator Pete Balestrieri points out notes in fan fiction book Special Collections and Archives area in the Main Library in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024.

Student writers at the University of Iowa share how creating works for fanfiction helped them develop their writing. 

RELATED: UI writers cite fan fiction as inspiration to pursue creative writing

Above the Fold is hosted and produced by Natalie Dunlap. Reporting from Charlie Hickman contributed to this episode.



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Natalie Dunlap, Assistant Digital Editor
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Natalie Dunlap is the Assistant Digital Editor at The Daily Iowan. She is the host and producer of the Above the Fold news podcast. She has previously worked as a news reporter, news editor, politics reporter, politics editor, and digital producer for the DI. She is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in English and gender, women's, and sexuality studies. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting while listening to pop culture podcasts.