If birds do it and bees do it, you as a writer should be able to write it.

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Time: 10:00 to 13:00

Duration: 23 July, 2022

Location: QWF Office—1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC


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.

This workshop will happen in-person at the QWF Office, with virtual slots available for interested participants living outside Montreal.

Workshop leader

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.


Please note that workshop registration is on a “first come, first served” basis.

Payment is required to confirm your place in the workshop. 

Payments are to be made online via credit card or PayPal. Click on the link below to add the workshop to your shopping cart, then proceed to payment. QWF Members must be logged in to receive their discount. If you are not already a QWF member, you will have the option of purchasing a Membership, in which case you will receive the discounted workshop rate.

If you are unable to pay online, you can temporarily reserve a place by registering online. Your payment must be made to the QWF office by cheque or cash within 7 days of registration or it will automatically be cancelled.

If the workshop is full, you will have the option of joining the waiting list. If a space becomes available, all those on the waiting list will be notified at once by email. The available spot will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

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General $31 + $1.00 Fee
Student $18 + $0.71 Fee
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