Lauren Alexis Wood

Writer/Author
Creative Strategist

Hi there! I've been writing, creating strategic content, coordinating events and collaborative efforts, managing creative and professional projects, educating, writing scripts for stage and screen, and publishing for over ten years.

About me

I am a multi-published author who's had the opportunity to work with individuals, start-ups, businesses, non-profit organizations, artists and creative professionals across a number of industries over the course of my almost twenty year professional career at this point. I've amassed an eclectic body of knowledge across a number of disciplines and have been fortunate to create an extremely unique and complex career.

As a writer I have contributed to a number of publications over the years, including:

Betterthanthevan.com (now defunct)
Gawker
Baeble Music
Stage Time Magazine
Public House Magazine
Points in Case
The Film Arts & Hearts International Film Festival Blog
The Goldcoast Almanac

I’m currently a regular columnist for:

The Fusion Press

The Gaslamp Quarterly

I have also written scripts of different lengths which have been produced both on camera and on stage. 

Check out a few of my films in various stages of production:

Discography

Mary Ellen

Whose Got Your Back(line)

Experience

September 2020 (planned)
The Gaslamp Quarterly

Owner/Founder/Publisher/Editor/Designer/Columnist

The Gaslamp Quarterly is a newspaper published four times a year designed to appeal to tourists and locals alike while entertaining readers and supporting tourism & culture within San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

September 2018 To Present
The Secret Bookstore

Owner/Proprietor

The Secret Bookstore is an online bookstore that gives booklovers 6 weekly book picks and weekly expert book recommendations and reviews.

December 2009 to present
Paradisiac Publishing

Owner/Founder

Paradisiac Publishing is a boutique publishing house located in Davenport, Iowa. I've worked with talented authors, artists, and performers from all walks of life over the years.

August 2000 to present
Freelance Writer, Essayist, Author, & Creative Strategist

I learned in college that I was always going to travel the road less traveled, so-to-speak. While I have worked in a number of roles in several industries over the years I have been writing, collaborating, and creating strategic and creative content since my teen years and I have yet to find a more exciting and personally fulfilling use of my time. 

Education

Fall 2000 - Summer 2004
B.A. Cinema & Comparative Literature

The University of Iowa

Fall 2013 to summer 2016
М.А. English & Creative Writing

Southern New Hampshire University

Skills & Languages

Communicative

Empathetic

Collaborative

Creative

Native English Speaker

Multilingual Writer/Translator

References

Lauren is a fantastically creative writer and ridiculously bold in her attempts to secure content for BTTV. She will Facebook anyone, Tweet at whomever and pour out stories left and right. Fame and fortune do not dissuade her from landing an interview. Her tenacity is unmatched. She is loyal and committed to the cause and is an effective critic of her own work. She is social savvy, timely and completely in tune with the "secrete sauce" of create great content. You will miss out if you do not hire her.

Todd Hansen
Former Head of Conference Programming
SXSW

LinkedIn / Twitter

During her two summers as the UI Upward Bound Project's technology monitor, Lauren did an outstanding job being both professional and yet welcoming to our students as she supervised and assisted them in our computer lab. Whether answering homework questions, signing computers in and out or troubleshooting hardware or software issues, Lauren kept the lab running smoothly and worked effectively with the rest of our staff.

Brent Studer
Director of Science Assessment Development
The College Board

Email / LinkedIn

Lauren is a very talented musician, and very professional to work with. I featured her on my site, The Independent Music Scene, and she was a pleasure to communicate with. I would recommend Lauren in all aspects of her career.

Paul Ruth
Vice President
East Detroit Federation of Teachers

Email / LinkedIn

Let's work together.