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with Maxim Jakubowski and Stella Duffy
20-22 November 2009
at Faber and Faber
74-77 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DA
Course cost: £450 / €505 (inclusive of VAT)
Literary erotica has become a thriving genre, what with the success in recent years of the Catherine Millet’s memoirs, Italian author Melissa P., Charlotte Roche’s Wetlands, the writings of Michel Houellebecq, Adam Thirlwell, and many others. It has, of course, a worthy heritage going back to Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, The Story of O etc …
More importantly, integrating writing about such a common activity as sex has become a dilemma for all writers: how explicit should one be? Where do you draw the line between eroticism and pornography, exploitation and observation? Why is there such a veil of privacy and self-censorship around an activity that is so integral to everyday life?
The Faber Academy course on erotic writing will try to answer some of these questions, study the history of the genre, and examine the dos and don’ts of writing about sex.
Set over three days at the home of Faber and Faber in the heart of literary Bloomsbury, the course will be conducted by writer and editor Maxim Jakubowski, whose Mammoth Book of Erotica series is now in its 14th year and whose own books have proven controversial. He will teach alongside acclaimed author Stella Duffy.
I’m very proud to announce that RWA has officially accepted the Rainbow Romance Writers Chapter for authors of GLBT romance into the National organization. Here is the official announcement from chapter president Jade Buchanan:
Rainbow Romance Writers is the newest Special Interest Chapter within the Romance Writers of America. A lot of hard work has gone into setting us up as a chapter, but we are very proud to announce that writers specializing in LGBT romance now have a specific place to network with other career-focused writers and concentrate on our unique needs within the romance genre.
Our goals are:
* to promote excellence in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender romances
* to help members become published in LGBT romances
* to be an advocate within the industry for our genre
* to be a resource to our members and others on writing and the publishing industry
We currently have 50 wonderful members who represent all different aspects of the LGBT romance genre.
Interested writers can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if they would like to become members of Rainbow Romance Writers. They can also email me directly at email@example.com