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Let’s Get It On The Page: Writing Sex Scenes to Excite and Entice Your Readers

Perhaps you snuck a peek at your grandma’s romance novels and giggled at the over-the-top metaphors. Maybe your writing group said you could use a sex scene but you’re mortified by putting it on the page. Maybe you write erotica and want to polish your craft. Sex can be one of the most exciting and emotionally resonant moments in a novel. It can also be cringe-worthy and awkward. Join author and sex-positivity advocate, Karelia Stetz-Waters, for a talk on writing fabulous sex scenes. This fun, unembarrassed look at sex scenes will cover plot and character elements as well as the physicality of sex on the page, Karelia will practical tips and tricks that any writer can use. All heat levels, sexual orientations, and gender identities…

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Savage Love From A to Z

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Savage Love column, Dan Savage takes on edgier-than-ever sex-positive topics with his signature candor in his first illustrated collection of adults-only essays. Dan Savage has been talking frankly about sex and relationships since 1991, when his column first appeared in The Stranger. Through his column and podcast, Savage Lovecast, he’s since built an international following thanks to his explicit, pragmatic, and humorous advice. Now comes Savage Love from A to Z, an illustrated collection of 26 never-before-published essays that distill Savage’s accumulated wisdom down to 26 key concepts: B Is for Boredom, G Is for GGG, M Is for Monogamish, amongst many others. Savage Love from A to Z is for anyone who’s had sex, is currently having sex, or hopes to…

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Writing About Sex

From kissing to seduction—to the deed itself—writing about sex can be one of the hardest feats in storytelling. We’ll study the way writers like Lidia Yuknavitch, Melissa Febos, Zadie Smith, D. H. Lawrence, and others approach this facet of craft. Our conversations will explore how sex can be implied or explicit, while still being literary and classy. Class one is entirely devoted to writing the literary kiss, and future sessions will cover sex “implied” with its absence on the page, homosexual sex, and heterosexual sex. We’ll cover the do’s and don’t’s, address common “cliches,” and inspect different ways writers represent sex in their stories, so that we can better assess what might work best for ours. Each writer will have the opportunity to share a…

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Stand Up Smut: An Erotic Open Mic

Stand Up Smut is an open mic that welcomes all kinds of adult material. We celebrate your creative erotic imagination! Saucy stories? Explicit erotica? Poetry that gets you wet? We want your sacred smut! Share your creations (participants get in FREE – sign up in advance!) or be an aroused, engaged audience. (Patrons of Dance Naked Creative get in FREE!) The first half of the evening includes participant shares, and if time allows, the second half includes opportunities to make your own art (haiku anyone?). You will have the opportunity to meet your sex-positive comrades(we invite everyone to introduce themselves). One of the best parts of SUS is becoming part of a creative erotic community! You are also welcome to join with your camera off.…

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Delve Readers Seminar: The Madwoman in the Attic and the Monstrous Feminine

The “mad woman in the attic” is a common trope in gothic literature, but who is she? And how did she end up there? Integral to the gothic genre are stories of madness and haunting, which often serve as metaphors for social violence, race, gender and class warfare, and the abject. Stereotypically, the female protagonist in gothic literature plays the role of victim, but what about when she participates in her own monstrosity? In this seminar, we will explore some lesser known gothic novels with female protagonists who became “monstrous”, and explore the intersections between horror, mental illness, psychoanalysis, sexual repression, and gender identity in these female authored 20th century gothic works. Texts: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson Wide Sargasso…

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The Mystery Box Show: April

feat. Sampson McCormick, Rain DeGrey, Tatiyanna Shirley, and Reba Sparrow! From vanilla to kinky, queer to straight, and everything in between, a night at The Mystery Box Show brings you tales of one-night stands, explorations into fetish, awkward first times, dark fantasies come true, and much much more. Storytellers have included bestselling authors, nationally touring comedians, adult film industry veterans, theatre professionals, sex toy experts, members from the kink community, students and people from all walks of life. Nothing here is too raw, too sweet, too strange, or too deep; it’s all about the sex, and all about the story.

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Mind Fuck: A Seminar on Writing Better Sex with Melissa Febos

WHEN: Saturday, March 27th, 2021 :: 1PM—3PM Pacific WHERE: ZOOM! (But of course.) Meeting ID will be provided ahead of time. HOW MUCH: $100. Payment plans are available, please contact Daniel Elder at registration@corporealwriting.com SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are always available. Click here to apply. Mind Fuck: A Seminar on Writing Better Sex Desire drives any story worth telling. One of the most notoriously difficult forms of desire to write is the sexual. As Audre Lorde wrote, “The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticized sensation.” To write scenes that remove sex from patriarchal structures means to (re)place them in the context of their inhabiting corporeal bodies and realities, to engage topics…

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Mind Fuck: A Seminar on Writing Better Sex with Melissa Febos

WHEN: Saturday, March 27th, 2021 :: 1PM—3PM Pacific WHERE: ZOOM! (But of course.) Meeting ID will be provided ahead of time. HOW MUCH: $100. Payment plans are available, please contact Daniel Elder at registration@corporealwriting.com SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are always available. Click here to apply. Mind Fuck: A Seminar on Writing Better Sex Desire drives any story worth telling. One of the most notoriously difficult forms of desire to write is the sexual. As Audre Lorde wrote, “The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticized sensation.” To write scenes that remove sex from patriarchal structures means to (re)place them in the context of their inhabiting corporeal bodies and realities, to engage topics…

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The Mystery Box Show: March

feat. Paul Thomas, Kelli Provocateur, Kevin Allison, and Reba Sparrow! From vanilla to kinky, queer to straight, and everything in between, a night at The Mystery Box Show brings you tales of one-night stands, explorations into fetish, awkward first times, dark fantasies come true, and much much more. Storytellers have included bestselling authors, nationally touring comedians, adult film industry veterans, theatre professionals, sex toy experts, members from the kink community, students and people from all walks of life. Nothing here is too raw, too sweet, too strange, or too deep; it’s all about the sex, and all about the story.

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Roxane Gay, Larissa Pham & Kim Fu in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch

Kink (Simon & Schuster) is a groundbreaking anthology of literary short fiction exploring love and desire, BDSM, and interests across the sexual spectrum, edited by lauded writers R. O. Kwon (The Incendiaries) and Garth Greenwell (Cleanness), and featuring a roster of all-star contributors including Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, Carmen Maria Machado, and more. Kink opens an imaginative door into the world of desire, with stories portraying love, desire, BDSM, and sexual kinks in all their glory with a bold new vision. Kink’s stories explore bondage, power-play, and submissive-dominant relationships; we are taken to private estates, therapists’ offices, underground sex clubs, and even a sex theater in early 20th-century Paris. While there are whips and chains, sure, the true power of these stories lies in their…

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