How To Write ‘Outsiders’: Social Alienation And Mental Illness In Fiction

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Photo: Boulder authors Erika Krouse and Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
Left to right: Boulder authors Erika Krouse and Sarah Elizabeth Schantz.

The protagonists of Sarah Elizabeth Schantz and Erika Krouse's novels don't fit in. Their struggles with mental illness or social detachment have made them feel like outcasts. How these things might intersect in fiction is something the two Colorado authors will discuss this weekend at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

For a second year, what's billed as the world's largest free literature festival comes to Boulder. About 70 writers and thinkers from around the globe will speak at the event.

Krouse and Schantz's session, called "The Outsiders," is Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Boulder Public Library.

They spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

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