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.