Erika Krouse, MA

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Erika Krouse's 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. Her nonfiction has appeared in and various anthologies, and her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic,, Ploughshares, One Story, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, Story, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, and Shenandoah. Her short stories have been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. 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 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; she will teach at the Himalayan Writers Retreat in the spring. She's currently working on another collection of short stories, another novel, and a memoir. 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: 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, 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.

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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.