Ever thought you might have a career between the sheets? Sheets of paper, that is.
Erotica has not only soared in popularity in recent times but it’s also gained in credibility as some seriously good writers turn their attention to it.
Now there’s a chance to learn the gentle art of writing good sex from one of the mistresses of the genre.
Critically acclaimed writer of genuinely erotic literary sex, Krissy Kneen, will conduct a full-day sex-writing workshop in Byron Bay on Saturday 11 May from 9am to 4pm.
Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre writer development manager, Lisa Walker, said that even the bestselling erotic novels are criticised for their clunky prose and unsexy sex scenes.
Krissy’s workshop will help writers to sex up their stories.
‘Krissy Kneen is the author of the memoir Affection; a Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy and Triptych, an Erotic Adventure, and has often been described as Australia’s answer to Anais Nin,’ Lisa said.
‘This one-day workshop introduces writers to the art of writing good sex. What are the words to avoid? How can you make the writing blend with your own natural style rather than standing out as something awkward on the page?
‘Participants will leave with some practical tips, an idea of pitfalls to avoid, some sex scenes of their own, and story ideas to kick start new erotic work, and a swag of further reading on how others have approached this topic.
‘It’s no secret that erotic writing is a big seller, so those writers who can write sizzling sex scenes are a step ahead of the pack.
‘Find out how to avoid winning the bad sex award whilst writing arousing and sensual prose that avoids falling into cliché.
‘Krissy Kneen is Australia’s premier writer of literary erotica so if you want to bring some fresh approaches to your bedroom scenes this workshop is for you,’ Lisa said.
Krissy Kneen and author Jesse Blackadder will also be discussing Krissy’s new novel Steeplechase in a free event at the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre at 5.30pm 10 May.
For bookings and inquiries, contact the Writers’ Centre on 6685 5115 or look on the website at www.nrwc.org.au.