Ericka Lutz’s CV


The Edge of Maybe Last Light Studio, March, 2012


Nonfiction Books

On the Go with Baby: A Stress-free Guide to Getting Across Town or Around the World Sourcebooks 2002
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Friendship for Teens Alpha Books 2001
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Looking Great for Teens Alpha Books 2000
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to a Well-Behaved Child Alpha Books 1999
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stepparenting Alpha Books 1998
Mom’s Guide to Disciplining Your Child Alpha Books 1997
Baby Maneuvers Alpha Books 1997


International Book Editions

O Mais Completo Guia Sobre Amizade na Adolescencia (Portuguese language edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Friendship for Teens) Brochura (Brazil) 2003
Jak Wygla Dac Super: Dla dziewczyn i chlopaw od 13 do 19 (Polish language edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Looking Great for Teens) Amber (Poland) 2003


Short Fiction

“Deer Story” (Award Winner) Boston Fiction Annual Review 2006
“Arrest Me” Chemical Lust: A Sex & Drugs Anthology Monophonic Press 2005
“San Andreas” Scrivener Creative Review 2004
“Mishpocheh” Green Mountains Review 2004 and Kaleidoscope 2004
“Abandoning Nature” Side Show: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction Somersault Press, 1997 (Awarded Honorable Mention)
“Tuesday Courage” The Slate
“Flies and Maggots” Verve


Contributing Personal Essayist

“Beyond the Family Party Face” Because I Love Her Harlequin 2009
“Why My Garden” Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined Seal Press 2005
“Digging Dordogne” France, A Love Story: Women Write About the French Experience Seal Press 2004
“Inchworm Turns Three” Toddler: Real-Life Stories of those Fickle, Urgent, Irrational, Tiny People We Love Seal Press 2003
“Thumbelina: The Complexities of Having a Pretty Little Girl” Child of Mine: Writers Talk About the First Year of Motherhood Hyperion 1997


Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Online (selected)

“Solo” column at Literary Mama 2010
“Red Diaper Dharma”  column at Literary Mama 2006-2008
“San Andreas” Literary Mama 2005
“Fair Game” 2005
“Why My Garden” Literary Mama 2005
“The Phoenix” Big Ugly Review 2004 (Contest Winner)
“Inchworm Turns Three” (reprint) Literary Mama 2004
“Abandoning Nature” Literary Mama 2003
“Showing Pink” Cherry Bleeds 2003


Feature Articles and Opinion Pieces

Diablo Arts, The Noe Valley Voice, Parents’ Press, Chicago Baby


Internet Content Provider/Book Reviewer/Feature Writer

“An Interview with Marion Winik” Literary Mama
“Resident Author” for Monthly articles, essays, humor columns, and on-line advice 1998-2001
Parenting and Childbirth “Expert Editor” for Monthly book reviews, feature articles, and author interviews 1997-1999


Magazine Editing

Founding Fiction Editor, Literary Mama ( 2003
Senior Editor, Literary Mama 2005-2007


Book and Short Story Editing

Private Writing Coach, Consultant, and Editor 1992-present
Editing/developmental work on short and book-length fiction and nonfiction for over 50 writers and authors. (List and references on request.)


University Teaching

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Business School Undergraduate and Graduate Communications 1999-2016
Fiction Writing Instructor, UCB Extension, Developing the Novel and others, 2002-2010
Writing Consultant, UC Berkeley Business School EWMBA program 1999-2014
Instructor, UCB Extension, Fall Freshman Program, Public Speaking, 2000-2018
Guest lecturer: Holy Names, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, BUTE (Budapest, Hungary), University of St. Petersburg (St. Petursburg, Russia), Cal Alumni Travels (Peru tour),


Corporate and Non Profit Clients (selected)

Wogrammer, Planet Planner, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Arup International, TimeMint, Management Institute of Finland


Podcast Host and Producer

Licking the Bowl (2017-present)
Food, sex, death, middle-aged love, moving to the country and raising chickens. What could be hotter? 15-minute episodes featuring excerpts of the book with recipes.


Playwriting, Solo Performance, and Storytelling Credits

Full-Length Solo Show
“A Widow’s To-Do List

Short(er) Pieces and Storytelling
“In the Elevator”
“Shaggy Dog”
“Elena’s Brother”
“Password Protected”
“Implied Threat by Misguided Student”
“Three Witches, the Clown Car, and Me”
“The Woodman in the Woods”
“Me, Me, Me”
“Sh*t Happens”


Selected Performances

Mills College; Stagewerx, Real Stories: JUDGMENT CALL; Solo Performance Workshop Theater Festival; San Francisco Theater Festival; Solo Sundays; Own Your Story, City Solo, Off-Market Theater; Words First, CounterPULSE; Solohouse, Jean Shelton Theater, Last Day Saloon, Club 9, assorted performances in Tokyo, Japan.


Selected Readings and Guest Appearances

Fiction/Non-fiction readings: East Bay on the Brain, San Francisco LitQuake, Boston Fiction Festival, The Sunday Salon (Brooklyn), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Lynchburg, VA), Barnes and Noble (Manhattan), Borders Books (San Francisco and Emeryville), ACWLPB (San Francisco), Get Lost (San Francisco), DIESEL (Oakland), Easy Going Travel (Berkeley), Book Passages (Corte Madera), A Great Good Place for Books (Montclair), Modern Times (San Francisco), Why There Are Words (Sausalito), Inside StoryTime, Booksmith (San Francisco), Shepherd Canyon Literary Series (Oakland), many more.
Panelist: Mills College, Professional Survival for Writers Day
Panelist: National Women’s Book Association, San Francisco
Guest Speaker: Mills College, NWBA, University of San Francisco, MA in Writing Program, Fremont Writers Club, Women’s Book Club of San Francisco, Berkeley Literary Association
Sole Juror: Word Play/Play Words, poetry contest sponsored by the Sebastopol Arts Council
One-Woman Shows: San Francisco (Last Day Saloon) and Tokyo
Club 9: Installation and Performance
Radio and Television appearances: Interviewed on over 50 local and national radio programs including NPR. Featured guest on KRON-TV and KGO (ABC) in San Francisco.


Honors and Affiliations

Fiction Fellowship Recipient: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts 2005, 2006
Award Winner: “Deer Story” The Boston Fiction Festival 2006
Fiction Contest Winner: “The Phoenix” The Big Ugly Review 2004
Finalist: San Andreas: Short Fiction on Shaky Ground The Ontario Prize 2006
Honorable Mention: “Abandoning Nature” Side Show 1997: An Anthology of Short Fiction
Founder and host: Wild Plum Literary Salon Memberships: National Writers Union, Friend of West Coast PEN, Literary Mama Board of Directors, Writermamas, WOM-BA



B.A., San Francisco State University: Interdisciplinary Studies in Creative Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Distinguished Graduate Award, Student Leadership Award
Private Writing Workshops: Lynda Barry, Masha Hamilton, Ann Hood, Tom Jenks, Mary Webb
Theatrical and Performance Art Training: Lynn Hershman, Linda Montano, R.G. Davis, A.C.T. Young Conservatory, Lee Strasburg Studio (New York), Hank Hyena, Harvey Susser, W. Kamau Bell, Martha Rynberg


Radio and Television Appearances

Interviewed on over 50 local and national radio programs including NPR, KPFA, KALW. Featured guest on KRON-TV and KGO (ABC) in San Francisco



Zookeeper’s Assistant, Oakland Zoo (care for hyenas, warthogs, meerkats, vervet monkeys, emus, wallaroos), 2012-2014
AWP Panelist, 2010
Advisory Board: Literary Mama; Lina Software
Chair, Campaign Communications Committee: Andrea Macon for District 5, Amador County 2018
Founder and host: Wild Plum Literary Salon 2001-2005