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PJ Seminar: Too Hot to Cut: How to Write Sex Scenes with Purpose with Isle McElroy

$70.00 · June 25

In this class, we will deepen our understanding of how sex scenes work to develop character, heighten tension, and advance plot in fiction. Students will also complete short craft exercises.

Start Date

June 25

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$70

In stock

Description

Every couple months, someone online asks a predictable question: What is the point of including sex scenes in books and TV and movies? Normally, these questions are asked in bad faith. They’re meant to elicit engagement. But beneath the clickbait is a serious question for art: Why is it sometimes necessary to include sex in a narrative? The truth is, many books would be improved if stripped of their poorly-written sex scenes. However, when a sex scene succeeds, it can serve as one of the most profound and memorable passages in a book. The best sex scenes don’t merely capture the physicality of the moment, they reveal characters’ unspoken longings, they make readers laugh, and, on the best occasions, they’re as engaging as the act itself.

In this class, we will read work from writers like Imogen Binnie, Raven Leilani, Joseph Earl Thomas, Garth Greenwell, K. Patrick, and others to deepen our understanding of how sex scenes work to develop character, heighten tension, and advance plot in fiction. Students will also complete short craft exercises.

About Isle McElroy

Isle McElroy is the author of The Atmospherians and People Collide, which was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick and a best book of 2023 by Vogue, NPR, Vulture, Them, Electric Literature, and others. Other writing appears in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Cut, Vulture, GQ, Vogue, The Atlantic, Tin House, and elsewhere.