Awkward is my Superpower: Writing Sex

Regular $70.00
Member $63.00
Low Income $49.00
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
Single Session
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It's so hard to write about sex! But it's also important.

Bring a sex scene you're already sweating over or start from the naked blank page. The class will begin by exploring techniques and strategies for writing about sex and will include close reading of examples (likely to include work by Amy Bloom, Carmen Maria Machado, Toni Morrison, and Coim Toibin) as well as concrete writing exercises to implement the techniques we discover. Then we'll share. Yes, in this case, we must. Getting it out there, feeling your face go red—it's essential to the process. We'll discuss our sex scenes like adults. Well, it might be a bit awkward--but that's okay! Workshopping the sex will help make the scenes better. But it will also help us all get over ourselves, so we can write about sex a lot more confidently. By the way, the focus of the class is literary sex—the scenes may sizzle or fizzle, but we'll emphasize writing sex in a way that develops character and moves the story forward. And I won't tell you what to write, but to keep the space safe for everyone, the scenes you share must be of consensual sex. Class will take place online, via Zoom, in a live meeting, with ample time for “in-class” writing exercises.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio & video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes might also have a supplemental Google Classroom page. In order to access Google Classroom pages, you will need a Gmail address. Should your teaching artist have a Google Classroom page, you will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of your class. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.