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Identifying (with) the Erotic

Saturday, July 23 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ET

In this three-hour workshop, with references to work by Anaïs Nin, James Baldwin, Martin Amis, M NourbeSe Philip, and Ruel Johnson, among select others in prose, poetry, and comics, we will explore what makes the erotic, well… erotic. Creating sexy characters and scenes with sensual language seems only part of the process. Telling a story that stimulates your reader’s imagination, exciting more than the body, is at least one of the goals of this life-affirming genre.

If birds do it and bees do it, you as a writer should be able to write it.  And just as openly.  By the end of the session, participants should come away with:

  • a wider definition of erotica;
  • more confidence in how to approach writing and reading erotica; and
  • less of an urge to apologize to family or friends for what comes naturally and, more significantly, narratively to them.

Robert Edison Sandiford is the author of several books, among them The Tree of Youth, winner of Barbados’ Governor General’s Award of Excellence in Literary Arts; And Sometimes They Fly, recipient of a BMA “Brands of Barbados” Award; and Sand for Snow, shortlisted for the Frank Collymore Literary Award.  His erotic graphic novels for NBM Publishing have been called “imaginably simple [yet] also imaginatively complex” by the poet George Elliott Clarke.  In 2003, he founded with Linda M. Deane the Barbadian cultural resource ArtsEtc Inc.  He has worked as a publisher, teacher and, with Warm Water Productions, producer.  His stories have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies.  Fairfield from DC Books is his most recent title.


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