Nick Arvin

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Nick Arvin

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Nick Arvin is the author of In the Electric Eden, Articles of War, and The Reconstructionist. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal and has been honored with awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Library Association, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Also an engineer, Arvin has worked in automotive engineering, forensic engineering, and the design of power plants and oil and gas facilities. Arvin's newest novel, Mad Boy, will be published by Europa Editions in June 2018.

Nick taught creative writing and rhetoric at the University of Iowa, and he has taught at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop since 2004.

For more on Nick, visit his web site: or read an interview with Nick on our Top-Secret Blog: Nick Arvin on the Necessity of Adventure Novels


Classes with Nick Arvin

Nick Arvin's Published Work

Nick has wonderfully subtle insight into the craft of writing. He provided a wide variety of sample texts. From those and discussion in class we were able to develop a number of techniques for activating our passive characters.
Lotte Lieb Dula

Nick Arvin's Articles

Noir Nation Launch

September 02, 2011

How Do You Say "Spoiler Alert" in French?

August 22, 2011

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What's Fiction For?

June 14, 2011

This Thursday, I will be participating in a Lit Fest

Quantifying Hamlet

June 07, 2011

Quantitative analysis is, to my mind, an intriguing and under-utilized lens for examining literature.