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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate
  • 4 Weeks

Writing About Sex- Remote!

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  • $250.00 Non-Member
  • $240.00 Member

Class Description

“Sex is a kind of crucible of humanness,” says the author Garth Greenwell, “and so the question isn’t so much why one would write about sex, as why one would write about anything else.” In this short fiction workshop, we’ll explore what effectively-written sex in literature can do: unearth unexpected traits of character, articulate spiritual and metaphysical concepts, engage with systems of power and oppression, arouse, disturb, and entertain. We’ll question the definition of a “good sex scene,” examine what unconscious biases could be blocking us from writing detailed, honest, sex, and consider our responsibilities as sex writers in the context of issues such as trauma and consent. To these ends, we’ll read examples of contemporary sex writing from writers such as Tamara Faith Berger, T Kira Madden, Vi Khi Nao, and Audre Lorde, generate creative and reflective writing in response to prompts, and submit one piece for feedback from the group. Whether we’re afraid to write about sex or we’ve been writing erotica for years, we’ll come away from this class empowered and inspired by exciting new approaches to take back to our work.
Please note: Class does not meet November 24th.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!