$40 – $55

The Ins and Outs of Great Sex Scenes

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INSTRUCTOR: Marian Szczepanski
TIME: Saturday, May 19th, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird Price $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, May 14th, $50 for members, $65 for non-members. Become a member here.
LOCATION: Writespace
LEVEL: All
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Forget all those shades of grey. This class will focus not on erotica, but on literary sex scenes that function in various ways to propel a larger narrative. Writing good fictional sex means writing good fiction that has something to do with sex—from the bawdy bacchanal to the subtlest of verbal seductions. After all, when are characters more vulnerable and ripe for scrutiny and development than in intimate interactions?

Class discussion will progress from Psych 101 (recovering from What-will-my-mother-think? Syndrome), to Fiction Writing 101 (how characterization, setting, dialogue, and family/personal conflict relate to love-making), to Topics in Human Sexuality (sex for first-timers, adultery, solo sex, and love in time of cholera…and other deadly conditions). As a springboard for discussion, we’ll examine short story and novel excerpts, ranging from the classics (Tolstoy and Flaubert) to such contemporary writers as Lorrie Moore, John Updike, and Charles Baxter. The class will conclude with writing exercises and include a handout/bibliography.



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