Craft Seminar: Writing Sex
with Rebecca Schiff
Post-D.H. Lawrence, Erica Jong, and Fifty Shades of Grey, are there any taboos left in fiction? Writers are no longer jailed for obscenity or made to stand trial to defend their work. Erotica and romance novels explore prostitution, S&M, and incest without flinching. Yet many “serious” fiction writers still avoid describing sex itself, skipping instead to a hazy “Afterwards....” In this class, we will read stories that face sex head on and explore how contemporary writers use sex to create compelling fiction. Reading as writers, we will discuss what sex in fiction can teach us about craft, including how it's used to develop characters and propel scenes, and finally examine the myriad styles writers use when approaching the act itself.
Cap: 15 students
The class will meet March 28, April 4, and April 11 from 8:30-10:30 PM EST
Rebecca Schiff is the author of the story collection The Bed Moved, which was a finalist for an LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her stories have appeared in BuzzFeed, n+1, Electric Literature, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Eugene, Oregon
Check out a preview of Rebecca's writing:
"How to Write a Sex Scene"
Check out what people have been saying about Rebecca's work:
"The Emerging Genre of Slut Lit," by Joy Horowitz