Writing Love & Sex in Fiction

Anne Gracie

Saturday 11 February 2023, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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Participants in face to face courses must comply with any precautionary measures related to COVID-19 that Writing NSW puts in place.

This creative writing course, Writing Love & Sex in Fiction with Anne Gracie, will be held at Writing NSW in Sydney.

No matter what sort of novel you’re writing, there often comes a time when a writer needs to deal with the growth of love, and perhaps writing sex on the page. For many writers, this can feel awkward. But a sex scene is not just about describing sex — it’s about characterisation and growth and conflict and more. This workshop will explore techniques for showing the development of love between characters, methods of building sexual tension, and ways of approaching the writing of scenes about sex that will fit with your own personal style and avoid clichés.

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Topics covered will include:

* overcoming embarrassment

* the kinds of love might you explore

* stages in the growth of love

* sex: the range — from closed door to more explicit scenes

* building sexual tension

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will gain an understanding of the following:

1. Why including love in your novel will enrich your story and widen your readership.

2. How to build sexual tension between characters, even if you never write a sex scene.

3. That a sex scene is is rarely just about sex.

4. Clichés and how to avoid them

Participant requirements

Pen and paper, laptop optional. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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