Erika holds a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing from the University of Alberta, where she was awarded the James Patrick Follinsbee Scholarship in Creative Writing, as well as Rutherford Memorial Medal in English, the top honor in her program. While at the University of Alberta, Erika studied under writer and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, along with several notable Canadian authors. She also worked as a Research Assistant, and was awarded two summers of funding for her own independent studies. A writer of nonfiction, poetry, and plays, Erika’s work has been published in literary journals and anthologies at the national and international level. She also served as Writer in Residence at Westglen School, where she researched and wrote the story of its 75-year history.
Erika moved to New York to study Creative Writing at Columbia University, where she is currently completing her MFA. Throughout her education, Erika has worked as a freelance editor, and has taught writing to a wide range of students, from high schoolers to hospital patients, and many others in between. Whether she is working with children or adults, beginners or experienced writers, Erika is passionate about delving into the writing process. She is constantly inspired by the journey of an idea (and its writer) from that first chaotic draft to a finely sculpted work of prose.