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Books, writing, travel, art, randomness. For more information, visit www.rachelkramerbussel.com and my calendar for upcoming events in Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (Maine), Chicago, Milwaukee and NYC. I'm also teaching an online 4-week erotica writing class for LitReactor starting October 16, 2014. See also Cupcakes Take the Cake and the possibly NSFW Lusty Lady. Check out my latest erotica anthologies Hungry for More, The Big Book of Submission and The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories. rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com

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Yes, the Chinese restaurant is what comes up when you Google Red Bank synagogue.

Yes, the Chinese restaurant is what comes up when you Google Red Bank synagogue.

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Chicago and Milwaukee erotica writing workshops Sunday and Tuesday

I’m heading to teach my first class at Early to Bed in Chicago Sunday and my second at The Tool Shed in Milwaukee. On Sunday, provided my flight arrives on time with Friday’s fire situation, I plan to attend this Filthy Scavenger Hunt at noon organized by Sex Geekdom Chicago. I mean, how could I resist? Join us if you ar ethe scavenger hunting type. And if you know anyone in these cities, I’d appreciate you letting them know about these workshops.

September 28, 6:30-8 pm
Erotica 101 writing workshop, Chicago

Professional erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of over 50 anthologies such as The Big Book of Orgasms, Flying Highand 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. $20/person or $35/two people. Register online or at the door.
Early to Bed, 5044 North Clark Street, Chicago, 773-271-1219 

September 30, 8:30 pm
Erotica 101 writing workshop, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Professional erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing. Learn how to get started, find your voice, and write against type. You’ll learn how to incorporate everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies into your writing, and make them fit for particular magazines and anthologies. She’ll also talk about submitting your work and keeping up with the thriving erotica market (including anthologies, ebooks, magazines and websites). Whether you’re writing to that special someone, penning longtime fantasies, or want to earn cash for your dirty words, this workshop is for you. Paper and writing implements will be provided or you can use your own laptop. $20/person; register online or at the door (call to confirm door sales if it’s the day of, they will be available unless class is sold out). Doors open at 8:15 pm.
The Tool Shed, 2427 N. Murray Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-906-5304 

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Review: Hungry For More Romantic Fantasies for Women

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Review: Hungry For More Romantic Fantasies for Women

hungry-for-moreHungry for More Romantic Fantasies for Women edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, is a book that I certainly shouldn’t have judged by its cover title. From its name, I expected stories that where mostly centered around couples and perhaps a little kinky. Overly dramatic romantic situations, guy meets girl and the attraction is to hard for them to deny. I honestly just opened up the package and started…

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Love this podium! Excited to speak at Portland Public Library for Banned Books Week.

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Portland, Maine

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Mother Nature and Father Time - Shared Time Clock by James Alan Murray, Lewis Gallery, Portland, Maine

Mother Nature and Father Time - Shared Time Clock by James Alan Murray, Lewis Gallery, Portland, Maine

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Portland Public Library in Portland, Maine! I’m speaking there tonight 6:30-8:30 on erotica and libraries and books will be for sale.

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I became fascinated by this idea of a cisgender man passing as a trans man, especially because we were working on this story about a trans man trying to pass as a cis man. And so I was like, Oh, I should write a novel about this, but the more I thought about it I was like, this guy is disgusting. He should know better. He’s gross, and it just didn’t seem, the motivation to get fodder for your lesbian TV show just seemed ridiculous. It was too bizarre. The more I thought about it I was like, No, it should obviously be a teenager because a teenager is clueless and their motivation should be love—because it did occur to me that all these lesbians I knew were fawning over trans men who looked like teenage boys, and I thought a teenage boy could clean up if he got in there. And so that was how the actual novel evolved, and I was really interested in trying to write this in a way that you could be sympathetic to the character. That was sort of the goal.