Writing Sex

Begins Monday, November 3, 2014

It’s part of life, so shouldn’t it be part of your fiction?

If your characters eat, shower, and grocery shop, then they probably have sex, too. Sex has a place in literary fiction, but often writers shrink from including it. Sometimes fear of judgment stops us, sometimes a lack of vocabulary, sometimes we simply aren’t sure what sex will add to a story.

In this 4-week class, we’ll learn how to write and smoothly integrate sex scenes into our prose. Through a combination of readings, workshops, in-class exercises, and discussion, we’ll demystify literary sex.

Both new and established writers are welcome! If you’re squeamish, we’ll get you comfortable, and if you’re already comfortable, we’ll elevate your prose.

What you’ll learn:

  • The purpose of sex scenes in literary fiction
  • How to describe without becoming a sportscaster
  • How to develop an eloquent, classy sexual vocabulary
  • How to determine when a sex scene is justified

What you’ll write:

  • Scenes, stories, novels–whatever you’re working on. And if you have nothing in progress, no worries! You’ll create new material over the course of the class.

What you’ll read:

  • Published examples from contemporary and classic work

Who should attend?

  • Adults 18 and over
  • All levels welcome

About the Instructor

A novelist with an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum freelances for publications and sites including The Chicago Sun Times, afterellen.com and Pop Matters. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as kill author, Underground Voices, and Third Coast and she was a 2011 recipient of Carve Magazine‘s Esoteric Fiction Award. Herself When She’s Missing, Sarah’s well-received debut novel was called “devastating and beautiful” by Booklist. When not writing, Sarah supports herself as a figure model, Spinning Instructor and creative writing teacher. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She’s kind of looking forward to it, actually.

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    At A Glance

    Dates: Mondays, November 3 – 24, 2014

    Time: 6:30pm – 9pm

    # of Sessions: 4

    Level: All Levels

    Location: Chicago Studio

    Course Fee: $220