In this single-session workshop, we will delve into writing about our own bodies, focusing on sex scenes. We will discuss how to approach writing about both sex and our bodies in ways that feel truthful and raw, without teetering over into writing for shock value.
Readings will include scenes from novels and creative nonfiction—examples good and bad. The majority of our session will focus on writers known for writing boldly about sex and the body: those who approach writing about sex and intimacy with honor and honesty, and without shying away from the ugly parts. We will dive into our own writing via assigned prompts and exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to read work aloud and provide feedback to each other.
Authors may include Roxane Gay, Raven Lailani, Lidia Yuknavitch, Bill Clegg, Jonathen Franzen, Rachel Kushner, Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Andre Aciman, Mary Gaitskill, and others.
Natalie Lima is a Cuban-Puerto Rican writer, and a graduate of the MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Brevity, The Offing, Catapult and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from PEN America Emerging Voices, the Tin House Workshops, the VONA/Voices Workshop, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and a residency from Hedgebrook in 2020. Her work has been included in Best Small Fictions, Best American Essays (Notable), and Best Online Essays by Entropy Magazine. Currently, Natalie is working on a collection of essays about sex and dating, and life as plus-size millennial woman. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @NatalieLima09.
Natalie's workshop reflected who she is as a person! Full of knowledge, darkness + light, with tons of humor and patience with the process. I'm so glad I attended. I cannot wait to watch her journey unfold! THANK YOU.
Natalie Lima was wonderful. She brought a real warmth and humor and showed us ways we could take difficult and traumatic moments in our lives and bring levity and humor into our writing.
I honestly would attend ANY workshop on ANY subject matter if Natalie was teaching.