Erika Krouse

Official website for Erika Krouse, author of Contenders and Come Up and See Me Sometime.

to Jul 12

Grand Lake Retreat

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Join Lighthouse Writers Workshop in the scenic mountain town of Grand Lake, Colorado, for a few days of writing, reading, and learning. Each day, you're invited to attend workshops and craft talks led by our experienced instructors. There's also plenty of time to explore the area, get outdoors, or just find a quiet spot and write. At night, participants gather for fireside readings and conversation. You're sure to leave with new ideas, new writing, and more than a few new friends. The 2019 retreat will be from July 7-12 and faculty will include Andrea Dupree, Michael Henry, Erika Krouse, Karen Palmer, Amanda Rea, and Serena Chopra. Registration open now.

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to Jun 21

Lighthouse Lit Fest 2019


My favorite time of year! My Lit Fest classes and events:

For more information, visit:

I generally teach Lighthouse classes/workshops during the fall sessions only, and not during the winter/spring sessions in 2019. For notification on classes, you can also go to my Lighthouse faculty page and click, “Receive notifications when this instructor schedules a new session.”



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Past Events

  • Advanced Writers Workshop at The Himalayan Writing Retreat, April 9-13, 2019, Village Satkhol, Uttarakhand, India.

  • The Himalayan International Writing Retreat, March 31-April 10, 2019, Village Satkhol, Uttarakhand, India.

  • Writer's Studio with Adam Johnson (in conversation with me). Friday, December 7, 2018, 6:00 pm. The Lewis Sharp Auditorium, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. Homies!

  • Grand Lake Retreat, Jul 8 to Jul 14, 2018, Shadowcliff Lodge, Grand Lake, CO. With Andrea Dupree, Michael Henry, Jennifer Itell, Karen Palmer, Alexandre Phillipe, and Chris Ransick.

  • Lighthouse Lit Fest: "Two-Weekend Intensive: Plot Structure Clinic—The Hero or Antihero's Journey," "Outlining the Contingent Plot," "Bad to the Bone: Writing Villains," "Art of Confession," "Creating Conflicts that Matter," "From Idea to Completed Story: A Roadmap," "Brown-Bag Business Panel: Writers Who Hustle," and "Salon: Good Art, Bad People." Lit Fest June 2-15, 2018 at Lighthouse Writers, Denver, CO.

  • University of Colorado Law School Retreat, “How to Tell a Great Story: the Power of the Narrative Arc,” May 26, 2018, 1:30 pm at the Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO.

  • Reading at Ashland University, February 26, 2018, 4 pm at Ronk Hall.

  • Chautauqua Author Series, February 22, 2017, 7 pm at Chautauqua Community House

  • Stories on Stage: Leaps of Faith, January 14, 2017, 7:30 pm at Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, Denver.

  • Jaipur Literature Festival: "The Outsiders," September 25, 2016, with Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, 4 pm at the Boulder Public Library Main Branch.

  • Stories On Stage: Jaipur Festival show and Author Talk-Back, September 22, 2016, with Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, 7 pm at Park Hill Branch Library.

  • Grand Lake Retreat, July 10, 2016 to July 15, 2016, Shadowcliff Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado. With Andrea Dupree, Michael Henry, Chris Ransick, Karen Palmer, and Jennifer Itell.

  • Lighthouse Lit Fest 2017: “Two Weekend Intensive: Plot and Structure Clinic: the Hero/Antihero's Journey,” “Your White Whale: Symbolism and the Objective Correlative,” “Writing Fighting: Physical Conflict in Narrative,” “Dynamic Scenes: Tips, Tricks, and Danger Zones,” “Drama-Rama: Conflict in Narrative,” “Salon: A Man Walks into a Bar: On Writing Humor (with Steve Almond, Jenny Shank, and Seth Brady Tucker).”

  • CO Writing School: “From Idea to Completed Story: A Roadmap,” May 10, 2016, 6:30 pm at MaryLynn Photography, Louisville, CO.

  • Colorado Rails and Cocktails keynote: "Writing on the Rails,” April 22, 2016, 6:30 pm at Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, CO.

  • Offsite AWP party: The Rumpus and Rare Bird Present "Pick Your Poison,” April 1, 2016, 7 pm at Lethal Amounts, Los Angeles, CA (with readings from Cornelius Eady, Rich Ferguson, Ashley C. Ford, Erika Krouse, Anna March, and J. Ryan Stradal, emceed by Antonia Crane).

  • AWP Panel: There and Back Again: Writing from the Road, March 31, 2016, 10:30 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center (with Kai Carlson-Wee, Kim Barnes, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Maggie Shipstead), Los Angeles, CA.

  • Colorado Writing School: Author Round Table with Four Published Authors, March 5, 2016, 4 pm, Louisville, CO (with Rebecca Snow, Maura Weiler, and Jenn Chambliss Bertman, moderated by Rachel Weaver).

  • Art+Lit: Rachel Kushner's Flamethrowers and Earth Art, February 18, 2016, with Bruce Price of Art Students League, 6:30 pm at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Denver. CO.

  • POV Class at Colorado Writing School, January 19, 2016, 6:30 in Louisville, CO.

  • Book Bar reading and book signing with Kathy Fish, January 8, 2016, 7:00 pm in Denver, CO.

  • Tribute reading: A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin, October 13, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, CO. Readers: editor Stephen Emerson, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Keith Abbott, Staci Amend, Steve Katz, Peter Michelson, Jenny Shank, and me.

  • Reading at Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, August 19, 2015, 6:00 pm at Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO.

  • Reading and Conversation with Delfin Vigil. July 30, 2015, 7 pm at Books, Inc., San Francisco, CO.

  • Chevalier's Books Reading Series, July 29, 2015, 7:00 pm in Los Angeles CA.

  • Reading, in-conversation, and Rare Bird party with Karen Stefano at The Last Bookstore, July 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Grand Lake Retreat, Jul 12-Jul 17, 2015, Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge, Grand Lake, CO. Classes: "Dynamic Scenes: Tips, Tricks and Danger Zones," and "The Butler Didn’t Do It: Memory in The Remains of the Day." Retreat instructors: Erika Krouse, Andrea Dupree, Michael Henry, Chris Ransick, William Haywood Henderson, Karen Palmer, and Jennifer Itell.

  • Reading: Ass-Kickers and Reality Hunger, June 16, 2015, 5:30 pm at Lighthouse Writers Workshop with Benjamin Whitmer, Laird Hunt, Gail Waldstein, and Pamela Ribon. Denver, CO.

  • Reading and Conversation with Heidi Pitlor and Erika Krouse, Tattered Cover on Colfax, May 20, 2015, 7 pm in Denver, CO.

  • Webinar, "Writing Power Hour” with Doug Kurtz, Write Life Coaching, April 27, 2015, 7 pm.

  • Thirteenth Word reading with Michael Morse at Syntax Physic Opera, April 16, 2015, 6 pm, Denver, CO.

  • WP Panels, April 10, 2015, 4:30 pm at Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN—"But I Need My Day Job: Creating a Kick-Ass Writing Education in Your Own Community" (with Carrie Mesrobian, Jennifer Dodgson, William Haywood Henderson, and Beth Nelson) and "The Book Problem: Innovative Programs for Writers of Long Projects" (with Andrea Dupree, Chris Castellani, Michelle Hoover, William Haywood Henderson).

  • Book Launch at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, April 4, 2015, 5:30 pm, Denver, CO.

  • Reading at Boulder Book Store, April 1, 2015, 7:30 pm in Boulder, CO.

  • Writer's Studio with Kazuo Ishiguro (in conversation with me). Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:30 pm. The King Center, Denver, CO. Amazing writer, amazing experience.

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