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

Story in a Flurry

Story in a Flurry

June 14, 2024

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

The Lookout

Our Dangerous Future

May 15, 2018

Editor's Note: Conundrum Press is re-releasing Lighthouse instructor Nick Arvin's story collection, 

The Lookout

An Introduction to Etgar Keret

May 01, 2017

Who is Etgar Keret?

The Lookout

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Movie

March 08, 2017

Editor's Note: There are some minor spoilers in this blog! Read with caution... :) 

The Lookout

Lit Matters: Mushrooms and the Gates of Hell

November 12, 2014

The Lookout

Introducing George Saunders

September 21, 2014

by Nick Arvin