Erika Krouse

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

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Past Events

  • Grand Lake Retreat, July 7-12, 2019, Grand Lake, Colorado, with Andrea Dupree, Michael Henry, Erika Krouse, Karen Palmer, Amanda Rea, and Serena Chopra.

  • GEOCON keynote address, June 30, 2019, 10:30. Georgetown, CO.

  • Lighthouse Lit Fest 2019, June 7-21: “Two-Weekend Intensive: Plot Structure Clinic: The Hero/Antihero’s Journey,” “ Micro-editing: Working with Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs,” “Welcome to the Sh*t Show: Your Inciting Incident, Stakes, and Dramatic Questions,” “Lit Fest at Night: Lighthouse Faculty and Members Reading with Cinelle Barnes, Lindsey Drager, Richard Froude, R.L. Maizes, Diana Khoi Nguyen, David J. Rothman, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden,” “Crappy Jobs and Weird Food: Creating Your Setting and Culture,” “Your First Pages: Expositions and Hooks,” “Brown Bag Business panel: The Writer-Editor Relationship with Sarah Murphy and Julie Buntin,” “Character Quests, Wounds, and Codes,” and “Frankly, My Dear: Writing Antagonistic Relationships.”

  • 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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