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Oscar-winning actress and writer Emma Thompson has confessed that my new book, Sex Drive: On the Road To A Pleasure Revolution made her “quiver” when she read it. In this workshop I will show you how to turn the sex you’re having in your imagination into writing on a page that is hot, exciting and erotic.
As a professional writer for over 25 years, spanning years as a senior editor at Harper’s Bazaar to writing four acclaimed novels about thrill-seeking women, I’ve always been interested in the best way to convey the feeling of sexual energy and desire. In my workshop, we will look at some of the lesser-known but best erotic writing of the past three centuries that still works today and why.
We will look at some of the best food writing out there - because if you can write well about food, you can write brilliantly about sex. We will look at toning down metaphors, honing in on reality and avoiding ‘throbbing manhood” clichés.
Ideally students will come to this class with an idea for a scene, a sexual encounter vignette or a character that turns them on. Choose the flavor that suits you: sci-fi, literary, hardcore, queer, etc. We will play the “hot seat” game where students will “become” their fictional character and fellow writers will ask questions about their life and habits.
This workshop is for aspiring writers but is also useful for people who are looking for sexy, fun and original ideas to expand the concept of foreplay in the bedroom.
Stephanie Theobald is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster known for her playful and thoughtful work around sexuality and alternative feminism. The former society editor of Harper’s Bazaar is the author of four novels and writes regularly for the Guardian, the Sunday Times and Elle. Her new book, Sex Drive: On The Road To A Pleasure Revolution explores female sexuality in an honest way and has been described as “frank and funny” by the Times of London and “Eat Pray Love meets Thelma and Louise” by the Observer. Oscar-winning actress and writer Emma Thompson has urged the curious to “read it and quiver!"
Open to both men, women and couples