CBA LIBRIS BOOKSELLER OF THE YEAR - 2012
“50 Shades of Naughty – How to write Erotica”
The advent of e-books has made it easy for readers to indulge in erotica anytime, anywhere.
The Fifty Shades of Grey series has topped best-seller lists around the world and is now available in 37 languages. The series has sold 40 million copies worldwide, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time. It has even surpassed the Harry Potter series. A Hollywood deal has been struck and it won’t be long until the movie bursts onto the screen.
Controversy abounds about the quality of the writing, the appropriateness of the relationship, the elevation of the sexual descriptions, even the concept that certain forms of stimulation, once considered deviant, might need to be reassessed in light of modern psychological profiling.
But no one is arguing about the success of the books.
(Registration at bottom of this posting)
Special rate for couples! Bring your lover for two evenings of intellectual foreplay!
What is erotic writing? Can you do it? Would you do it if nobody was watching?
“Go where the energy is – go fearward.” There are few places in our writing more fearful to us than writing about sex. What will our mothers think? What will our partners think? Omigod, what will our children think?
Also, there’s the question of… what if our characters are the kinds of people who do things that we would never! Not in our wildest! How do we write about that and make it believable? And if we do write about it (once again) what will our mothers think? Or our spouses?
Yet castrating the electricity of our romantic scenes (and many of our other scenes as well – because, as we know, sex isn’t always about romance) by being afraid of the erotic, robs our work of so much of the power available to us in writing. If literature is all about casting pure light on every aspect of human experience, then to ignore the sexual robs our work of veracity and courage.
In this workshop, James Dewar and Sue Reynolds will be leading the group through exercises designed to get you through the fear of putting those words out there for all to see. Fun and interactive, this workshop has participants laughing out loud and enjoying themselves immensely. The euphoric feeling is often inexplicably followed by a desire to light a cigarette…
In a series of on the spot exercises, participants will discover
- the difference between romance, erotica and pornography
- how to fine tune their writing to fill the particular niche they’re aiming for
- how to introduce sex into their regular fiction
- about sex in genre
- about the markets and resources available to them
Rendezvous One: Tuesday, November 6thth
You don’t have to be a writer to enjoy this workshop! The most erotic sex organ is the brain. Bring your partner for two nights of arousing words and laughter, and take home the excitement!
Rendezvous Two: Tuesday, November 13th
Location: Blue Heron Studio, 62 Brock Street West, Uxbridge. (Studio entrance at rear of building)
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: 88.00 + HST (includes BOTH nights for that price) (If you come as a couple, or belong to a writing organization (WCDR, WCYR etc), a 10% discount applies)
All Participants Must Register Here.
Registration for the Writing Workshop
$88 plus 11.44 HST Single Registration fee includes BOTH NIGHTS of 50 Shades of Naughty
$80 plus 10.44 HST for Writers’ Community Member Registration fee includes BOTH NIGHTS of 50 Shades of Naughty
$160 plus 20.88 for Couple’s Registration fee includes BOTH NIGHTS of 50 Shades of Naughty
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Shelley Macbeth at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate booksellers I’ve had the honour of meeting. They planned an author talk and book signing and it was one of the most successful events I have ever done. And I’ve done over 300 events! A truly amazing bookstore. —