Writing About Sex (with Caroline Belle Stewart) - ONLINE
“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 class 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 sex writing across genres from writers of various sexual and gender identities, generate creative and reflective writing in response to prompts, and write together as a 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.
WHEN: Sunday, November 15 ( 2 - 4 pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CAROLINE BELLE STEWART's stories can be found in Fairy Tale Review, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, Hobart, No Tokens, Big Big Wednesday, Mistress, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook "Husbandly Things" (Factory Hollow Press) and co-author of a deck of narrative divinatory birding flashcards called "Mast Year: A Mystical Field Guide" (Mount Analogue Press). A recipient of fellowships from Monson Arts, I-Park, and the MacDowell Colony, she lives in Northampton, MA.
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