January 20 update: The 4-6 pm erotica writing class on January 29 is now sold out BUT The Ripped Bodice has added a waiting list for those interested in a class that day from 1 pm to 3 pm. Pre-registration is required and if enough people sign up, we will hold a second class. If they don't, you will receive a refund. Call the store at 424-603-4776 if you have any questions. Also, they will have both volumes of Best Women's Erotica of the Year in stock, along with several of my other titles, and the books I recommend in my handout for the class. Looking forward to it!
And if you don't make it into The Ripped Bodice class, feel free to ask me anything about writing, publishing and the erotic genre during the Q&A at our free, no-RSVP-required Best Women's Erotica of the Year reading on January 31 at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books in LA (Los Feliz). If you have questions about either class, email me at rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com with "Ripped Bodice" or "LitReactor" in the subject line and I'll get back to you ASAP.
January 29, 4-6 pm
Erotica Writing 101 workshop Rachel Kramer Bussel, professional erotica author and editor of over 60 erotica anthologies, including Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 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. Advance registration at erotica101rippedbodice.brownpapertickets.com required. $25/person
The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main Street, Culver City, CA, 90232, 424-603-4776
Online only class limited to 16 people; attend any time, using any username you desire (you can be anonymous) and get critiqued by me and fellow students and receive guidance about publishing your work. You'll learn how to draw on your surroundings, incorporate humor and heartache, approach stories from multiple POVs and heighten the erotic tension in your work. You'll also get access to exactly what editors and publishers are currently looking for based on my research, as well as additional information on publishing short story collections, editing anthologies and self-publishing. Click through for more details about class assignments and goals. $375/person. This class is likely to sell out.