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Penning the Nasty: Explorations Into Writing Sexuality

Introductory | How do we write sex? And if we don’t, why not? In this 12-hour intensive, participants will consider the role of the sex scene in storytelling, discuss the politics and ethics of writing sex, and explore the differences between pornography, erotica, and literary sex writing. Along the way, participants will gain a greater comfort discussing, writing, and publishing sensual and sexual writing. This class is primarily generative. All participants must show up ready to cultivate a fun, safe, nonjudgmental space. This class includes a lunch break.

Instructor: Katherine E. Standefer

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 11/16/2019

End Date: 11/17/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer's debut book, Lightning Flowers, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in early 2020 and was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Works-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Her writing won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction, appears in The Best American Essays 2016, and was selected as Notable in Best American Essays 2017. She writes about the body, consent, and medical technology from Tucson, where she earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona in 2014. Her writing appears in the anthologies Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays and How We Speak To One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, as well as many literary journals, including The New England Review, The Normal School, The Iowa Review, Fourth Genre,
and the Colorado Review. She is a Fall 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good in Rensselaerville, New York, which supports deeply reported nonfiction about the most pressing issues of our day, and a Fall 2018 resident at Jentel Arts in Banner, Wyoming. She was previously a Fall 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at The Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes, California, which supports writers working at the intersection of nature, human economy, and equity. She teaches creative writing and medical humanities at the University of Arizona. As a creative arts entrepreneur, she teaches community-level writing classes that help people write about sexuality, illness, and trauma, using a unique embodied pedagogy that considers the craft challenges, physiological hurdles and social barriers to telling stories of the body. A Certified Sexologist, she has provided sexuality education to more than 8,000 people and draws on more than 30 hours of trauma sensitivity training. She is Nonfiction Faculty at Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA program. www.katherinestandefer.com

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