Erika Krouse

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Erika
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Expertise
  • Reading
  • Publishing/Career
  • Lit Fest
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Process

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, Esquire.com, Granta.com, 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.

Classes with Erika Krouse

Outlining the Contingent Plot
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir

Outlining the Contingent Plot

July 03, 2020

Time Travel: Writing Flashback and Backstory
Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir

Time Travel: Writing Flashback and Backstory

July 03, 2020

Close Third Person
Fiction

Close, Close (Close) Third Person

June 24, 2020

Erika Krouse's Published Work

Erika Krouse's Articles

The Lookout

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.