Courses

2013 Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 13 July 2013, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Erotica has risen in popularity in recent months and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award whilst writing arousing and sensual prose? And how can you avoid falling into cliché?  .....

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2014 Writing the Erotic

Who: Krissy Kneen
When:
Saturday 2 August 2014, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Erotica has risen in popularity in recent times and yet even the best-selling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes. Join critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen as she explores the art and craft of sex writing. Just how can you avoid winning the bad sex award while writing arousing and sensual prose? What exactly is best word for it? And how can you avoid falling into cliché? 
This one day workshop introduces writers to the art of writing good sex. Why is it so hard to write a sex scene? Why is it so hard to get our characters in bed with each other? What are the words to avoid? How can you make the writing blend with your own natural style rather than standing out as something awkward on the page? 
We will look at examples of some of the best sex writing in the English language and find out what elevates this from the writing that seems stilted or cliche. Through a series of exercises we will look at our own relationship to sex in fiction and how to refine our own work to make it simmer on the page. The workshop will help us to identify and challenge our sexual assumptions and prejudices and attempt to see sex writing from a fresh new perspective. We will look at transgression and explore, exactly how far is too far?
Participants will leave with some practical tips, an idea of pitfalls to avoid, some sex scenes of our own, story ideas to kick start new erotic work, and a swag of further reading to help you see how others have approached the most sensitive regions of the literary canon.
This workshop is perfect for writers who have not yet attempted to write erotic prose or for those who have written sex scenes but would like to find ways to makes these scenes more sensual for an audience. The same approach applies to writing sex scenes for fiction and non-fiction and writers in both forms are encouraged to attend.
Food
Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Student Requirements
Workshop participants must bring paper and pen or pencil. No previous reading is required for this workshop, but if you want to sample the best literary erotica feel free to delve into The Delta of Venus by Anais Nin, A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter, The House of the Sleeping Beauties by Yusinari Kawabata, or, for the adventurous The Story of the Eye by Georges Batailles.
About the tutor
Krissy Kneen
is most well known for her erotic writing. She is the author of a little collection of erotic stories, Swallow the Sound (eatbooks), Affection; a Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy (Text Publishing); Triptych, an Erotic Adventure (Text Publishing) and the new literary fiction novel Steeplechase (Text Publishing). She has had short stories published on the USA’s premier erotic website Nerve.com and in the USA’s Best Women’s Erotica 2013. She has appeared on Jennifer Byrne Presents Erotica on the ABC and has often been described as Australia’s Anais Nin. To her credit, some of her work is too rude for Apple’s iBook site from which has been banned. Her blog has been banned in China and yet has Kneen has been shortlisted for major Australian literary awards. Krissy Kneen works as a bookseller and events coordinator at Avid Reader and lives in Brisbane where she was one of the instigators and major forces behind the Qld Literary Awards. She has written erotica for private collectors and her new book Adventures in the Sex Machine will be out in early 2015. .....

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