I want to help you get published with my 2 writing workshops today in Los Angeles: Sex Writing 101 and my free Erotica Writing 101 class
Today is the big day, LA! I'm heading off to SHE (Sexual Health Expo) for my noon class teaching you how to make money writing about your sex life, followed by a book signing at the Pleasure Chest booth. Then tonight is my free erotica writing workshop at The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood. I hope you can make one or both of these and if you can't, I hope you'll let any friends in the Los Angeles area looking to break into these genres and get published know. I really appreciate any way you can spread the word!
Sunday, January 17, noon to 12:50 pm
Nonfiction Sex Writing 101 workshop (aka, make money writing about your sex life)
I'm teaching this workshop as part of the wonderful SHE (Sexual Health Expo), which runs the weekend of January 16-17 and features workshops by Tristan Taormino, Dirty Lola, Mollena Williams and many others on everything from online dating to anal sex, role-playing and much more. See the full schedule here. Your admission gets you in to the whole weekend; get 2-for-1 admission using code RACHBR at Eventbrite.
Longtime freelance writer Rachel Kramer Bussel will cover all you need to know about writing about sex, including blogging, first-person essays and journalism. You’ll learn how to ethically write about your love life, what editors are looking for, where to find experts on sexuality topics, and how to stay abreast of current sex news. Whether you’re looking to write a sex blog, column, articles or books, you’ll find out what makes an intriguing essay or article, how to pitch, how much money you can expect to make, and how to maximize your editorial opportunities. The class will also cover branding yourself as a writer, using and selecting a good pseudonym, using social media to promote your work and do outreach, and how to pitch stories. Please bring paper and writing implements or a laptop to use for in class writing exercises. Rachel is a sex columnist for DAME and a former sex columnist for The Village Voice, Penthouse, Philadelphia City Paper and The Frisky, and has written about dating and sexuality for Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Inked, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Refinery29, Salon, Slate, Time.com, xoJane, The Washington Post and many other publications. A resource list covering markets for sex-related pieces will be provided.
Sunday, January 17, 7 - 9 pm
Free Erotica Writing 101 workshop
Yes, free! This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone of any level to spend two hours writing and learning. My class is always welcoming and judgment-free, and everyone will get a handout at the end listing publishers and resources.
Professional erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of over 60 anthologies such as Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 1, Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica, and The Big Book of Orgasms, will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing, from getting started, finding your voice, and incorporating your surroundings, pop culture, and personal experiences into your stories to crafting a range of characters and settings and submitting your work. In this supportive, welcoming workshop environment, you’ll learn how to write vividly about everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies, and make them fit for particular publications in the thriving erotica market. This workshop will address the recent boom in erotica inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, provide examples of well written erotica, and will include multiple writing exercises. You’ll be given a handout listing major markets and further reading suggestions. No previous writing experience required. Please bring laptop or pen and paper.
Pleasure Chest, 7733 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-650-1022
Here's a free visual prompt to get you started: use this photo I snapped yesterday in New York to start a story:
Can't make these but want to know more? Subscribe to my newsletter, sign up for one-on-one consulting (see below) or take my in-depth 4-week online LitReactor erotica writing class.
Erotic fiction and nonfiction sex writing critique service
As an editor of over 60 anthologies, I have read thousands of erotica stories and can help you hone your story or sex scene into one that will dazzle on the page and impress editors. As a former sex columnist for The Frisky, Penthouse, The Village Voice and Philadelphia City Paper and current sex columnist for DAME, as well as contributor about sexuality to publications such as Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Harper's BAZAAR, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine, Salon, Slate, Time.com and others, I can help shape your first-person sexuality essay or sex journalism and offer feedback to help expand your reach in the marketplace. For erotic fiction or nonfiction sex writing, you will provide a story, essay or article (or draft) for me to critique and offer feedback and discussion.
Rates are as follows (pay via PayPal button below):
Written critique of up to 5,000 words $100
Written critique of up to 10,000 words $150
Written critique of up to 20,000 words $225
Written critique of up to 5,000 words plus 1 hour phone call $175
Written critique of up to 10,000 words plus 1 hour phone call $225
Written critique of up to 20,000 words plus 1 hour phone call $300
Once payment is received, I will contact you within 48 hours and have you submit your written work for critique and schedule the phone consultation ASAP.
Hourly pricing for longer projects available upon request.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Consulting" in subject line.