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Awkward is my Superpower: Writing Sex

Date: 2/14/18

Location: The Loft at Open Book

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Fiction

• Regular: $52.50
• Member: $47.25
• Low-Income: $36.75

The class will explore techniques and strategies for writing about sex and will include close reading of examples (likely to include work by Amy Bloom, Carmen Maria Machado, Toni Morrison, and Colm Toibin) as well as concrete writing exercises to implement the techniques we discover. Then we'll share. Yes, in this case, we must. Getting it out there, feeling your face go red—it's essential to the process. We'll discuss our sex scenes like adults. Well, it might be a bit awkward—but that's okay!

Workshopping sex scenes will help make them better. But it will also help us all get over ourselves, so we can write about sex a lot more confidently. Bring a sex scene you're already sweating over or start from the naked blank page. (I won't tell you what to write, but to keep the space safe for everyone, the scenes you share must be of consensual sex.) The focus of the class is literary sex; the scenes may sizzle or fizzle, but we'll emphasize writing sex in a way that develops character and moves the story forward.