The Big Book of Orgasms editor Rachel Kramer Bussel with contributor Evoë Thorne after Saturday’s reading at The Center for Sex Positive Culture in Seattle. Rachel read from “Remote Control” by Logan Zachary while Evoë read her story “Squirt.”
You can get tickets for $30 at the door and I have a newly updated handout and exercises to get you writing and submitting your work ASAP to editors who are on the prowl for new writers.
September 9, 7-9 pm Erotica 101 writing workshop, Seattle Professional erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of over 50 anthologies such as The Big Book of Orgasms, Flying High and Best Bondage Erotica 2014, will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing, from getting started, finding your voice, and incorporating your surroundings, pop culture, and personal experiences into your stories to crafting a range of characters and settings and submitting your work. In this supportive, welcoming workshop environment, you’ll learn how to write vividly about everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies, and make them fit for particular publications in the thriving erotica market. This workshop will address the recent boom in erotica inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, provide examples of well written erotica, and will include multiple writing exercises. You’ll be given a handout listing major markets and further reading suggestions. No previous writing experience required. Please bring laptop or pen and paper. 18+ with ID. $30 at the door. Center for Sex Positive Culture Annex, 1608 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Pinball fun at Unicorn in Capitol Hill, Seattle
Narrating well does require acting chops, but not the same as the ones you see on stage or on television. It’s a more subtle variety. It’s about being able to interpret the subtext of the writing, the emotion behind the words. You don’t pound the listener over the head telling them exactly what they should be feeling every second — you give them some room to let the writing speak to them and say what it will, so you don’t push too hard or force anything. If the narrator does a great job, the listener will forget all about you and get totally wrapped up in the story. You don’t sound like someone from a phone sex line (most of the time!)