Erika Krouse

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


Chautauqua Author Series
Feb
22
7:00 pm19:00

Chautauqua Author Series

  • Chautauqua Community House

In Erika Krouse’s best-selling novel, “Contenders,” Nina Black is a happy thief and street fighter until one of her marks, a Denver cop and MMA comeback contender, wants his wallet—and his dignity—back. Avoiding retribution is difficult enough alone, but it becomes impossible once Nina gets unexpected custody of an orphaned eight-year-old niece she didn’t know existed. Krouse will read from “Contenders” and discuss the challenges of writing characters who veer far from the norm.

Tickets: $10.00 ($7.00 Concert Member)
https://www.chautauqua.com/portfolio/erika-krouse-contenders-edgy-characters/
303.442.3282

About the Author:
Erika Krouse’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire.com, One Story, Ploughshares and other publications. Her short story collection, “Come Up and See Me Sometime,” won the Paterson Fiction Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. “Contenders” is a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Krouse is on faculty for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Ashland University MFA program. She lives in Boulder.

 

Stories on Stage: Leaps of Faith
Jan
14
7:00 pm19:00

Stories on Stage: Leaps of Faith

Saturday, January 14 at 1:30 & 7:30pm
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center
721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver

Michael Bouchard, Jessica Austgen and Cajardo Lindsey perform stories by Philip Roth, Erika Krouse, David Rothman and Kevin Brockmeier

Jaipur Literature Festival: "The Outsiders"
Sep
25
4:00 pm16:00

Jaipur Literature Festival: "The Outsiders"

The Outsiders

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz and Erika Krouse, in conversation with Scott Haas

Loneliness, alienation and the lack of hope contribute to imbalances in psychological well-being and are often triggers for instability and mental disorders. Similarly mental disorders and emotional anguish commonly trigger great loneliness, alienation and lack of hope. In a session touching upon social alienation and mental health and their impact on people of all ages, authors Sarah Elizabeth Schantz and Erika Krouse discuss the debilitating effect of having our “injury” on the inside and the social stigmas and taboos associated with the subject. In conversation with Scott Hass.

Boulder Public Library Main Branch
1001 Arapahoe, Boulder
Steps
 

Stories On Stage: Jaipur Festival show and Author Talk-Back
Sep
22
7:00 pm19:00

Stories On Stage: Jaipur Festival show and Author Talk-Back

  • Park Hill Branch Library

Stories on Stage, in partnership with the Jaipur Literature Festival, is pleased to perform theatrical readings from two of the participating authors, Erika Krouse and Sarah Elizabeth Schantz.  Erika is a nationally known author, and her books include “Contenders” and “Come Up and See Me Sometime.” Sarah’s debut novel, “Fig” is a Colorado Book Award winner. Excerpts from “Fig” will be performed by Kyra Lindsay, and Regina Fernandez Steffen will read “The Good Times Are Killing Me” by Erika.

Dates:

September 20th, performance by Stories On Stage at Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. Talk-back with Sarah Schantz [I'm teaching that night and can't make that one...:-( ] https://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/

September 22nd, performance by Stories On Stage at Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 East Montview Boulevard, Denver. Talk-back with Sarah Schantz and Erika Krouse. https://www.denverlibrary.org/sites/dplorg/files/2016/08/engage_upcoming.pdf

 

Ashland MFA Residency
Jul
17
Jul 30

Ashland MFA Residency

  • Ashland University

For students of the Ashland MFA in Creative Writing. See you there!

Grand Lake Retreat
Jul
10
Jul 15

Grand Lake Retreat

  • Shadowcliff Lodge

Join us in the scenic mountain village of Grand Lake, Colorado, to immerse yourself in writing, sharing, and creative meandering for five days. Each day you'll be invited to attend morning writing workshops and afternoon activities, sit in on rap sessions, and read your work aloud at fireside readings. You'll also be free to wander around town, take a mountain bike ride, a long hike, or a pontoon ride on Grand Lake.

Erika Krouse, Andrea Dupree, Michael Henry, Chris Ransick, Karen Palmer, and Jennifer Itell.

Your White Whale: Symbolism and the Objective Correlative
Jun
15
5:00 pm17:00

Your White Whale: Symbolism and the Objective Correlative

  • Lighthouse Writers

Even if you’re not writing a symbolic story, essay, or poem, you are a symbolic writer. You can’t help yourself. As human beings, we use clues and symbols from our real and/or fictional worlds to understand people, define value systems, explore questions, decide on plans of action, and create meaning from our experiences. In this class, we’ll explore ways to use symbolism to create richer, more evocative narrative worlds.

https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/1461

Writing Fighting: Physical Conflict in Narrative
Jun
15
2:00 pm14:00

Writing Fighting: Physical Conflict in Narrative

  • Lighthouse Writers

Maybe you’re a peaceable person, but your characters aren’t. How do you write a fight scene so it feels real? How do you keep your readers engaged, even as you're killing/bashing/bruising their darlings? In this class, we’ll explore physicality and combat in narrative, crucial elements of any good (or bad) fight, characterization through fighting, fight scene no-nos, and more.

https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/1466

Dynamic Scenes: Tips, Tricks, and Danger Zones
Jun
8
5:00 pm17:00

Dynamic Scenes: Tips, Tricks, and Danger Zones

  • Lighthouse Writers

What's the difference between a dynamic scene and a dull one? In this class, we’ll examine the elements that constitute a vibrant scene and the choices that can turn a great scene into a dead one. You’ll leave this class with a toolbox of tips and tricks to help your scenes reach their full potential.

https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/1417

Lighthouse: Drama-Rama: Conflict and Dramatic Questions
Jun
8
2:00 pm14:00

Lighthouse: Drama-Rama: Conflict and Dramatic Questions

  • Lighthouse Writers

Sometimes in the effort to avoid melodrama, we avoid good old normal drama. In this class, we'll use discussion, readings, and in-class exercises to work on your story's conflict(s) and the dramatic questions that will drive your reader to keep reading. 

https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/1415

Salon: A Man Walks into a Bar: On Writing Funny
Jun
4
6:00 pm18:00

Salon: A Man Walks into a Bar: On Writing Funny

  • Lighthouse Writers

Panelists: Steve Almond, Jenny Shank, Erika Krouse, Seth Brady Tucker

Attempts at comedy can bring readers and audiences together, but they can also push buttons, especially in an age where a hastily thrown-off line can become fodder for social media. How do you “write funny” without playing it too safe or tumbling off the cliff of political correctness? Panelists will discuss this as well as share a bit of their own humor writing and that of their comic inspirations.

A catered meal and beverages are included in ticket price, available starting at 5:00 PM. Panel discussion begins at 6:00 PM.   

https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/1471

Lighthouse Two-Weekend Intensive: Plot Structure Clinic--The Hero/Antihero's Journey
Jun
4
Jun 12

Lighthouse Two-Weekend Intensive: Plot Structure Clinic--The Hero/Antihero's Journey

  • Lighthouse Writers

Times: 9-12 am, June 4, 5, 11, 12

Using narrative examples from the classics, you’ll map out the themes, conflicts, structure, and other elements that drive your story. This fast-paced class consists of mini-lectures, group discussion, and group (conceptual) workshops. Bring your idea, and leave with a structural plan for your book. 

https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/200

May
10
6:30 pm18:30

CO Writing School: From Idea to Completed Story: A Roadmap, with Erika Krouse

  • MaryLynn Photography

It's one thing to have a great idea, and another thing to craft a story from that great idea. Join novelist and short story writer Erika Krouse as she discusses her methods of working through ideas to bring a story to life (sometimes with defibrillation paddles and mouth-to-mouth). Besides short prose methods (short story, essay), we'll also discuss whole-book techniques for developing novels and memoirs. For reference, we'll use Erika's story, "The Pole of Cold" (originally published in One Story, reprinted online at http://nowheremag.com/2016/03/the-pole-of-cold/). It's helpful if you read the story before attending, but not required. Come! Share your own tips and tricks, and leave with an expanded toolbox to propel you past your roadblocks and into your stories.

http://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Writing-School/events/230382210/

Location: MaryLynn Photography, 908 Main Street, Louisville, CO (on main street in downtown Louisville in between Walnut and South Street, on the east side of the road. Look for the big sign that says PHOTO * ART up above)

 

Offsite AWP party: The Rumpus and Rare Bird Present "Pick Your Poison"
Apr
1
7:00 pm19:00

Offsite AWP party: The Rumpus and Rare Bird Present "Pick Your Poison"

  • Lethal Amounts

The Rumpus and Rare Bird Present "Pick Your Poison"
Cost: $5
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048690055189902/
The Rumpus and Rare Bird proudly present PICK YOUR POISON. With readings from Cornelius Eady, Rich Ferguson, Ashley C. Ford, Erika Krouse, Anna March, and J. Ryan Stradal. Doors open at 7 p.m., and readings will begin at 7:30 p.m. The evening will be emceed by Antonia Crane.
Contact: The Rumpus and Rare Bird
Organization: The Rumpus and Rare Bird
Organization URL:

1226 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

AWP Panel: There and Back Again: Writing from the Road
Mar
31
10:30 pm22:30

AWP Panel: There and Back Again: Writing from the Road

  • Los Angeles Convention Center

R150. There and Back Again: Writing from the Road. (Erika Krouse,  Kai Carlson-Wee,  Kim Barnes,  Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum,  Maggie Shipstead) Five established and emerging writers who work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction discuss each of their unique journeys in the world. These travels include train-hopping across the US, marches in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Amtrak Writing Residency, and the Arctic Circle Residency. Panelists address how these endeavors changed their writing in ways they did not expect, including personal research, craft development, and discoveries of larger environmental, social, and racial truths.

Room 410, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

Moderator:

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is a poet, professional editor, and educator. He is author of a book of poetry, Ghost Gear; editor of Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days; series editor of Floodgate Poetry Series; and founder and editor of PoemoftheWeek.org. Read his work at AndrewMK.com.

Erika Krouse's fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Esquire.com, Ploughshares, and One Story. Her short story collection, Come Up and See Me Sometime, won the Paterson Fiction Award, and was translated into six languages. Her novel, Contenders, was recently published.

Kai Carlson-Wee has rollerbladed professionally and traveled across the country by freight train. His work has appeared in Linebreak, Best New Poets, and the Missouri Review. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

Kim Barnes is the author of two memoirs and three novels, most recently, In the Kingdom of Men. Her work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, has won the PNBA Award for Nonfiction, and has been awarded the PEN USA Award for Literary Fiction. Barnes teaches writing at the University of Idaho.

Maggie Shipstead is the author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in a bunch of places including The Best American Short Stories.

Mar
5
4:00 pm16:00

Colorado Writing School: Author Round Table with Four Published Authors

Come listen to four published authors talk about all aspects of writing – crafting, publishing, marketing – what they’ve learned and what advice they would offer aspiring writers. Erika Krouse, Rebecca Snow, Maura Weiler, and Jenn Chambliss Bertman will be the featured authors. The discussion will be facilitated by Rachel Weaver with Q&A and book signing to follow.

Erika Krouse’s fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, One Story, Ploughshares, and other magazines and anthologies. Erika's collection of short stories, Come Up and See Me Sometime, won the Paterson Fiction Award, was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and has been translated into six languages. Erika's new novel, Contenders, was called a “unique and fearless” by Bob Shacochis, and “a knockout at every level” by David Wroblewski. Erika currently teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, where she won the 2014 Lighthouse Beacon Award for teaching excellence. Erika also works part time as a private investigator for Title IX and sexual assault cases, and recently completed a[masked] Amtrak Residency.

Maura Weiler grew up in Connecticut and earned her BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, respectively. She is a former columnist for The Connecticut Post and a trash artist whose work has been featured on NBC Television and in galleries and shows across the country. As Director of Development at Blue Tulip Productions, she helped develop the screenplays for such films as Speed, Twister, The Paperboy, and Minority Report. Contrition is her first novel.

Rebecca Snow’s debut novel, Glassmusic,was released from Conundrum Press in November 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Rubery Book Award. Snow was awarded the Robert and Daryl Davis Fellowship in Poetry for the 2015Seaside Writers Conference, and her poetry has been published in Blue Moon,Pooled Ink, and was recently added to the Denver Poetry Map. She won first place for narrative nonfiction in the 2007 Writers Studio Contest from Arapahoe Community College and was featured in Progenitor. With an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, Snow teaches English at the Community College of Aurora. She is originally from Seattle and enjoys hiking around the great Rocky Mountains with her son.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman writes stories with a bit of mystery, a bit of humor, and a lot of fun. Her debut novel, Book Scavenger (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt for Young Readers), was an Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick, a Junior Library Guild selection, and one of five titles chosen for Publisher’s Weekly Best Summer Middle Grade Books for 2015, among other accolades. A sequel titled The Unbreakable Code will be published in 2016, followed by a stand-alone middle grade mystery in 2017. She has an MFA in creative writing and worked in publishing for over a decade before becoming a children’s book author.

Art+Lit: Rachel Kushner's Flamethrowers and Earth Art
Feb
18
6:30 pm18:30

Art+Lit: Rachel Kushner's Flamethrowers and Earth Art

Join the Art Students League of Denver and Lighthouse Writers Workshop for a series of discussions about literature and art, each co-hosted by a writer and artist.

On February 18, Lighthouse instructor Erika Krouse and Bruce Price of Art Students League will talk about "The Flamethrowers," by Rachel Kushner, and Earth art.

All are welcome, including those who have not yet read the text!

Copies of all featured Art + Lit books are available to participants at a discount at the Tattered Cover Book Store on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse and they will direct you to where the books are shelved.

Jan
19
6:30 pm18:30

POV Class at Colorado Writing School

  • Office Evolution

Whose point of view? And isn’t this supposed to be the easy part? But finding the right point of view can be as challenging and important to the writer as establishing the right camera angle is to the photographer. In this class, we’ll explore the different types and qualities of POV, the challenges and benefits of each one, and how to decide exactly what you need for your narrative. We'll also look at how to use your POV to influence elements such as voice, setting, reliability, embodiment, and distance. All genres welcome.

http://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Writing-School/events/226776077/


Office Evolution, 357 S. McCaslin Blvd., Suite 200 , Louisville, CO

From McCaslin, turn west at the light (toward the Walgreens) onto Century Drive. Take the first left (there's a daycare on the corner), when the road Y's, stay right. When you get to the stop sign the building is on your right. Follow the LWW signs.

 

Lighthouse Class: Online Advanced Novel Workshop
Jan
18
Mar 7

Lighthouse Class: Online Advanced Novel Workshop

This online workshop is designed for advanced novelists who want to expand their craft knowledge and share novel-specific feedback with their peers. Through short video craft talks, readings, workshops, and writing exercises, we’ll explore advanced techniques and issues unique to novel writing. Classes will center around plot, character psychology/motivation, relationships, theme, action, POV, dialogue, setting, pacing, and other structural concerns that often befuddle us. Students self-select as advanced, and must have prior workshop experience. 

For more information, https://lighthousewriters.org/workshop/detail/id/283

Book Bar reading and book signing with Kathy Fish
Jan
8
7:00 pm19:00

Book Bar reading and book signing with Kathy Fish

  • The Book Bar

Join us at 7 pm at the so-cool Book Bar in Denver! 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212
720-443-2227. I hope to see you there!

http://www.bookbardenver.com/event/authors-erika-krouse-and-kathy-fish-reading-and-signing

 

Hanging out with Jenny Shank and the Regis MFA program at The Book Bar

Hanging out with Jenny Shank and the Regis MFA program at The Book Bar

Upcoming Lighthouse Class: Advanced Novel and Short Story Workshop
Oct
20
Dec 8

Upcoming Lighthouse Class: Advanced Novel and Short Story Workshop

  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop

This Boulder workshop is for advanced novelists and/or short story writers who are looking for ideas, perspective, inspiration, motivation, intellectual stimulation, and/or community. Welcome! Using constructive feedback, we'll help you refine essential elements of your fiction, such as characterization and character motivation, plot structure, conflict, setting, voice, point of view, theme, language/style, and emotional impact. Short student-selected reading assignments will show us diverse approaches to narrative. Bring a notebook, your creativity, and a positive attitude.Please note: Workshop participants self-select as "Advanced" and must have prior workshop experience.

Class begins October 20, limited enrollment. To sign up, call 303-297-1185 or visit lighthousewriters.org.

Upcoming Sessions: October 2015
Instructor: Erika Krouse
Dates: Tuesday nights, 10/20/2015-12/08/2015
Time(s): 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Cost: $310.00 Lighthouse members / $340.00 non-members
Location: Que's Espresso - Cafe
4770 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305

Tribute reading: A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin
Oct
13
7:30 pm19:30

Tribute reading: A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin

  • Boulder Bookstore

Lucia Berlin fans, come! We'll be reading from the newly-released A Manual for Cleaning Women (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), in tribute to our departed friend Lucia Berlin, at the Boulder Bookstore on Tuesday, Oct 13th at 7:30. Readers will be: editor Stephen Emerson, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Keith Abbott, Staci Amend, Steve Katz, Peter Michelson, Jenny Shank, and me. I only wish Lucia could be there for this.

Reading at Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins
Aug
19
6:00 pm18:00

Reading at Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins

  • Old Firehouse Books
Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins

Please join me at the historic Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins for a reading of Contenders (the whole thing) (just kidding). Thanks, and I hope to see you there!

http://www.oldfirehousebooks.com/event/author-signing-erika-krouse

Chevalier's Books Reading Series
Jul
29
7:00 pm19:00

Chevalier's Books Reading Series

  • Chevalier's Books

Please join me at the Chevalier's Books Reading Series, hosted by poet Rich Ferguson. I hope to see you there! http://chevaliersbooks.com/

126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90004

Chevalier's Books reading series hosted by spoken-word poet Rich Ferguson

Grand Lake Retreat
Jul
12
Jul 17

Grand Lake Retreat

  • Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge

Join us in the scenic mountain village of Grand Lake, Colorado, to immerse yourself in writing, sharing, and creative meandering for five days. Each day you'll be invited to attend morning writing workshops and afternoon activities, sit in on rap sessions, and read your work aloud at fireside readings. You'll also be free to wander around town, take a mountain bike ride, a long hike, or a pontoon ride on Grand Lake.

Classes led by Erika Krouse: "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.

My view every morning at the Lighthouse Grand Lake Retreat

Reading: Ass-Kickers and Reality Hunger
Jun
16
5:30 pm17:30

Reading: Ass-Kickers and Reality Hunger

  • Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Join me as I read alongside such badasses as Benjamin Whitmer (Cry Father) and Laird Hunt (Neverhome), and such reality hunger artists as Gail Waldstein (To Quit this Calling), and Pamela Ribon (Notes to Boys). I hope they don't beat me up.

Lighthouse Lit Fest Speakeasy Tent, 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO (free event)

Caption: Laird had better answer this one or we're screwed. With Laird Hunt, me, Ben Whitmer, Pamela Ribon, and part of Gail Waldstein.