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Saturday, April 18 • TBA
How to Write Sex and Love…Without Grossing Readers Out

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As a writing teacher, professional editor, and a writing coach for two decades, the one issue that comes up frequently, even among experienced writers, is writing love and sex. Overwriting, gross intimate details no one wants to hear, a barely pornographic scene or two, and wildly inappropriate language are among the few gaffes that come up. Writing love and sex is dependent on the development of the character and the sustained creation of tone and voice. It can be beautiful or terrifying, romantic or tense and depends on the content of your story. Consideration of audience also matters. I have seen too many fabulous manuscripts ruined by bad sex and silly love scenes. This workshop will demonstrate what not to do, what you should do, and will guide writers in the tricky development and language of sex, love and all that goes with it. A brief engaging writing exercise will launch the craft workshop. Rules for appropriate discussion will be enacted to create a safe and sane environment for all people. This workshop encourages diversity, all are free to join.




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Leslie Schwartz

Leslie Schwartz has written two award-winning novels, Jumping the Green and Angels Crest and most recently (July 2018), published a memoir, The Lost Chapters; Finding Recovery and Renewal One Book at a Time. She won the James Jones Award for best first novel for Jumping the Green... Read More →


Saturday April 18, 2020 TBA