Sexual intimacy, one of the great common experiences of human life, is still somehow verboten, set apart. I write about that which interests me — desire and danger, connections and failures to connect — and sex is a pulsing intersection of those interests.
--Lisa Locascio, author of Open Me
"All humans are sexual beings and writing about sexuality is simply writing about life,” says instructor Jennifer Lewis. “Writing about sexuality doesn’t just mean sex scenes. Sexuality is also present in a person’s backstory, internal monologue, dialogue, and subtext. These motivations can range from evolutionary to emotional, from psychological to playful, and our willingness to write truthfully is what brings the writing alive.”
This 5-week class will be a safe space to explore intimacy, desire, obsession, and trauma through writing. It will also address taboos, clichés, and vulnerabilities that come with such explorations. When we begin to unpack our doubts and fears, we grow as storytellers. Each class will have writing prompts, short reading assignments, and discussions. We will read work from Roxanne Gay and Miranda July as well as local writers like Christine No and Kar Johnson. We will study sexuality in fiction, memoir, essay, creative non-fiction, and poetry, but participants can write in any genre they choose.
The class is good for beginners who want to generate new work as well as seasoned writers who want to layer and expand more dynamic possibilities.
Jennifer says, “By studying the language of a diverse group of female and non-binary writers, you will find your own voice and the freedom to write about the full spectrum of sexuality.”
Jennifer Lewis is the editor of Red Light Lit. Her short story, “The New Low,” was the winner of The Bindle Award, forthcoming this fall in the Nomadic Press Journal. In June 2017, she was the first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Creative Non-Fiction Award for her short story, “Holy Communion.” Her fiction has been published in Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills Press, and Midnight Breakfast. She received her MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University in May 2015 and was the recipient of the Leo Litwak award for creative non-fiction in 2012 and for fiction in 2015.
- Wednesday, January 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, January 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, January 29, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, February 05, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Wednesday, February 12, 7:00pm-9:30pm