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The Ins and Outs of Great Sex Scenes

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INSTRUCTOR: MARIAN SZCZEPANSKI
TIME: Saturday, September 21st, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 16th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Monday, September 16th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.
LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

Sex builds character—and, in the process, makes for compelling fiction. Forget all those shades of grey. Writing good fictional sex means knowing and using the building blocks of fiction to create sex scenes that deepen character and increase tension. After all, when are characters more vulnerable and riper for scrutiny and development than during intimate interactions?

This class will examine well-crafted sex scenes in both conventional and speculative fiction. We’ll discuss how such scenes function to power a narrative—from hormonal teenage fumbling to subtle body language and verbal seduction. Our discussion will explore such craft considerations as characterization, setting, dialogue and point-of-view, as well as the impact of family/personal baggage, illness/physical challenges and societal norms/taboos on love-making. The class will focus on novel excerpts by established writers ranging from the contemporary (Lorrie Moore, Ian McEwan, Charles Baxter, Wally Lamb) to the classic (Flaubert and, yes, even Tolstoy).

Participants will receive a handout with excerpts, writing exercises and bibliography.


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