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Saturday, April 6 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
7K: Thrusting Swords and Quivering Orchids: How Not to Write Sex Scenes FULL
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Sex is an action like any other in fiction: it should reveal character, be relevant, and move the story forward. So why are sex scenes so difficult to write, and why, even in good stories and novels, are they often painfully awkward? What distinguishes a good sex scene from a bad one?

In this session, led by novelists Whitney Scharer and Chip Cheek, we will discuss the craft of writing sex scenes: practical suggestions, the problem of diction, what makes it gratuitous, and more. We’ll discuss writing about sex from different gender perspectives. And we’ll look at lots of examples—from hot to unsatisfying to laughably awful.

Adults only, please. This session will be NSFW.

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Chip Cheek

Author, CAPE MAY
Cape May is Chip's first novel. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Washington Square, and other journals and anthologies. He has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop, and the Vermont... Read More →
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Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her first novel, The Age of Light, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, was published in February 2019 by Little, Brown (US... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Newbury Room - 4th Floor