Erika Krouse

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Erika Krouse's fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic,, Ploughshares, One Story, The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Story, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah, and she has work forthcoming at, The Iowa Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. Her novel, Contenders (Rare Bird Books), was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and appears in German with Aufbau-Verlag. Her short story collection, Come Up and See Me Sometime (Scribner), won the Paterson Fiction Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and is translated into six languages. Erika received her MA from CU Boulder, where she also taught creative writing. She has taught at Lighthouse since 2008, mentors for the Book Project, works part time as a PI, and is a recipient of the 2014-15 Amtrak Residency and the 2014 Beacon Award. Erika has written everything from book reviews for The New York Times to horoscopes for Glamour. The only thing she doesn't like writing is her bio.

What Erika looks for in a Book Project mentee: I believe any writer can succeed if s/he has the ability to learn, passion for the subject, a strong work ethic, and a great writing education. My groups follow an extensive two-year curriculum covering narrative structure and technique. We also collaborate to create an individualized and sustainable writing process for each mentee. I can work with any topic or genre, and I have a special interest in: humor, short stories, dark/edgy work, antiheroes, feminist subjects, “voicey” prose (in first person or close third), relationships, strong protagonists, magical realism, social realism, crossover genres (speculative-literary, for example), mysteries, stories about the arts, stories about jobs and work, crime, violence, physics, drama, mental states, travel, unique settings, interpersonal politics, people behaving badly, and anything weird.

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Plot Structure and the Myth of the Natural Writer (Also, Ducks)

May 11, 2018

After I decided to write my first-ever novel, I fell prey to what I call the Myth of the Natural Writer.