My final LitReactor online Between the Sheets erotica writing class, which takes place entirely online from February 7-March 7, is starting soon and if you register by Tuesday, January 10th, you save $25 on the price. Starting January 11th, the price goes up to $375, so if you're planning to take the class, act fast to get the early bird price.
In this class, which you can learn more about by clicking above, I offer weekly written lectures, daily postings with more in depth material as well as exclusive to the class Q&As with erotica publishers, editors, literary agents and successful authors (both self-published and traditionally published), weekly homework assignments with line-by-line critiques (plus you will give and get critiques from fellow students) and the chance to ask all the questions you want, as well as an invitation to my private online group for alumni to continue the conversations started in class. Since it's only four weeks, we do work hard and if you want to get the most out of the class, you should be prepared to do each homework assignment and spend at least five hours a week working on it. You will retain access to the classroom materials forever. It's basically an immersion into the genre and thinking about the world around you with an erotic writing lens, as well as motivation to submit your work and guidance on how to position yourself for success when trying to get published. That's not the only reason people take the class, but it is something I strongly encourage as a way to complete work and be ready if you do want to take that step.
Why is this my last time teaching a class I developed in 2014 that has been a wonderful success? Time. I spend at least 20 hours a week, often more, on the class, which gets daily input and postings from me in addition to detailed critiques on all homework assignments. For most of the last few years, I've worked entirely from home, but now that I'm employed again, my time is more limited, and I wouldn't want to offer this class unless I could truly immerse myself in it and be available to my students the way they deserve.
I really love the camaraderie and community that has developed out of this class, with students keeping in touch, taking part in my private online group for alumni and continuing to work on their writing, submit stories, get published and grow and learn. Whether or not you take the class, I strongly encourage you to bookmark LitReactor and take advantage of all the resources and information and variety the site offers. I am honored that they asked me to teach the class and that I was able to develop my in person workshop into one that translated online.
Speaking of in person, I'll be teaching what's probably my only in person erotica writing workshop very soon, three weeks from today, on Sunday, January 29 from 4-6 pm at romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California (they also have an extensive erotica section, which is more than most U.S. bookstores, many of which have a few or even zero copies of erotic books). It's $25 and the official description is belowIt's limited to 20 people and is such a wonderful setting for the class. You can register at erotica101rippedbodice.brownpapertickets.com. If you are nearby or know anyone who is who wants to get their 2017 in gear with their writing, please let them know.
Rachel Kramer Bussel, professional erotica author and editor of over 60 erotica anthologies, including Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1 and 2, Begging for It: Erotic Fantasies for Women, Cheeky Spanking Stories, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica, The Big Book of Orgasms, Fast Girls, Gotta Have It, and more, will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing. Learn how to get started, find your voice, experiment on the page and write from various viewpoints. You'll discover how to incorporate everyday scenarios, settings and objects as well as outlandish fantasies into your writing, and make them fit for particular publications including magazines and anthologies. She'll also talk about submitting your work, selecting a pseudonym, building your author brand and keeping up with the thriving erotica market (including anthologies, ebooks, magazines and websites). Whether you're writing to that special someone, penning longtime fantasies, or want to earn cash for your dirty words, this workshop is for you. Please bring paper or writing implements or a laptop to use for in class writing exercises. A bibliography with erotica resources will be provided. $25/person. Limited to 20 people. Contact The Ripped Bodice at 424-603-4776 if you have any questions.
Lastly, if you are looking for feedback on your erotica writing or private consultation, you can visit my website Erotica Writing 101 to get more information about the service I offer.