Erika Krouse

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Erika Krouse

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In addition to the courses she's teaching below, Erika will be teaching Micro-Editing: Working with Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs on 6/20, Your First Pages: Expositions and Hooks on 6/20, and Your White Whale: Symbolism and the Objective Correlative on 6/24. She will be featured in our free Salon: The Serenity (and Anxiety) of Influence – Literary Friends and Mentors on 6/27,  and Erika will also be on our Brown-Bag Business Panel, The Gripe Session on 6/17.(Registration required)

Erika Krouse has two books forthcoming with Flatiron Books: Tell Me Everything: Memoir of a Private Eye, and Save Me, a collection of short stories. Her memoir (in progress) has been optioned by Playground Entertainment. Erika's novel, Contenders (Rare Bird Books), was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and appears in German with Aufbau-Verlag. Her previous 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's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic,,, Ploughshares, The New York Times, One Story, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Story, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, and Shenandoah. Her work has been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize. She 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.

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, and is a Beacon Award winner. She has won fellowships and scholarships to the Longleaf Writers Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers Workshop, Sewanee Writers Workshop, and the inaugural Amtrak Residency. Erika is also the Offsite/Traveling Retreat Coordinator for the fledgling Lighthouse Rekindle Retreat Program.


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: feminist subjects, short stories (as well as novels and memoirs and essays), literary fiction, dark/edgy work, antiheroes, humor, “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, music, martial arts, mental states, travel, unique settings, interpersonal politics, countercultures, people behaving badly, and anything weird. I'm interested in who you are and what you have to say.

Erika Krouse's Published Work

Erika Krouse's Articles

Lighthouse Blog

Lessons From the Book Project

May 28, 2021

Lighthouse Blog

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.