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PJ Seminar: Sex Scenes: A Master Class on How and Why (and Why Not) with Cecilia Tan

$70.00 · June 5

In this workshop we’ll explore the narrative language of sex and sexuality, and identify and unpack sexual tropes.

Start Date

June 5

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Day(s) of the Week





Zoom (online)




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If a hallmark of strong fiction is three-dimensional “complete” characters, then why should a character’s sex life be left off the page? Maybe it shouldn’t! A sex scene doesn’t have to be prurient, but it can illuminate a character or a relationship in ways that another scene couldn’t. Often, it’s the “missing piece” of a characterization or plot, but we may have been so trained to always keep sexual elements off the page or behind closed doors that as writers we don’t even realize it’s missing.

In this workshop we’ll explore the narrative language of sex and sexuality, identify and unpack sexual tropes, and go over ways to move past societal fears about talking about or showing sex in our fiction. The sex scene should ultimately be one of the colors available on the fiction writer’s palette, even if only sparingly used.

About Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is a winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in erotic fiction from RT Magazine and was inducted in 2010 to the GLBT Writers Hall of Fame at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival. She has published over 30 novels and several collections of short stories, most of them erotic. Her stories have appeared everywhere from Ms. Magazine and Asimov’s Science Fiction to Penthouse and Best American Erotica. She was also the founder of Circlet Press, a pioneering publisher of erotic science fiction and fantasy, for whom she edited over a hundred anthologies of short fiction.