Let's Talk About Sex: On Writing Erotic Scenes

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Let's Talk About Sex: On Writing Erotic Scenes

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Time and time again we see it; talented, hard working writers avoiding sexual encounters in their otherwise beautifully rendered prose. Effectively writing an erotic scene is one of the most difficult tasks in our craft, made all the more crucial by the #MeToo movement and the constant need for consent education. How do you write a consensual scene of pleasure? How do you approach sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, and pain and pleasure in and outside of the domestic sphere? In what ways can you push the boundaries of what is comfortable, exploring emotional and physical truths by interrogating one of our most essential means of human complexity and connection? In this workshop, we will look at a spectrum of literary erotic encounters: the good, the bad, the beautiful. We will also support each other in discussion and perform writing exercises designed to help you understand why and how you'd like to include sex in your own work. Sharing any personal material is completely voluntary. Open to all genres.

  • Instructor: Loie Rawding

  • Length of workshop: 3 hours

  • Dates: Saturday, May 11

  • Time: 2 - 5 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

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Loie Rawding is a writer and mixed media artist raised on the coast of Maine. She received her MFA from the University of Colorado where she also taught creative writing and was an editor of Timber Journal. Loie works as a freelance writer and editor for independent businesses, and is a creative mentor to a wide spectrum of artists. Her work has appeared in SAND: Berlin’s English Literary JournalThe WandererMap Literary (2016 Pushcart Prize nomination), AnamesaDREGINALD, and Lemon Hound, among others. Loie is a recently settled transplant to Nashville from Boulder, Colorado, by way of Brooklyn.