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Writing Sex in Fiction with Regina M. Porter


6 Sessions via Zoom

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Once a week Wednesdays, 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST February 3 to March 10, 2021

Writing credible sex scenes can be daunting for even the most accomplished writer. Why do some sex scenes sizzle while others fall flat on the written page? What’s the right balance of insinuation, inspiration and confrontation when tackling intimacy between characters? These are some of the questions we will explore in “Writing Sex Scenes in Fiction.” In this six-week workshop, we will read the works of writers who write artfully about sex without falling into cliches as well as writers who embrace cliches in service of their characters. Students will workshop novel excerpts or short stories and participate in writing exercises to better understand how character, POV, plot, dialogue, and setting coalesce to make the complications of relationships and the orchestration of intimacy both immediate and emotionally resonant for their readers.

Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Capacity: 10

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


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  • Regina Porter

    Regina Porter

    Regina Porter

    Regina Porter is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and a Rae Armour West Postgraduate Scholar. Her writing has been published in Esquire, the Harvard Review, Tin House, and the Oxford Review. She is also an award-winning playwright. Regina’s debut novel The Travelers was nominated for the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award, France’s Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature and Grand Prize for American Literature, a Barnes & Noble Discovery Notable fiction title, longlisted for the 2020 Orwell Political Fiction Prize, and a runner-up for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel