How can erotic writing enact resistance?
Many of us (at least I know I did) have some assumptions when we hear the phrase “erotic writing,” many of which may not include the possibility of social change or individual transformation – however, this workshop is going to challenge that (mis)apprenehsion!
I have found that when we have a wider access to erotic language and sexual expression – that is, a more wholistic connection to our erotic power – we are less easy to control and manipulate.
In this six-week writing workshop, we’ll try our hand at some explicit writing, and engage more critically and imaginatively with the messages we all have received (both directly and indirectly) about such things as sexual identity, body image, sexual desire, sexual practice, and more. We will lay claim to our complicated and messy desires, and wonder (along with Audre Lorde) why we would ever again require any less of ourselves than our erotic fullness.
Week 1: Root Stories/What we learned
Week 2: Loving our complicated bodies
Week 3: Fantasy as power
Week 4: What are we allowed to want?
Week 5: Reclaiming our erotic voice
Week 6: Carrying it forward / (Erotic)Writerly self-care
When I have offered this class, online and in person, I have worked with adults of all ages, genders, sexualities, and trauma histories. This course draws on work I began as a graduate student in Goddard's TLA program fifteen years ago. I believe anyone who is interested in deepening their relationship with their writing voice and their understanding of erotic power will benefit from this course.
This is an online class. Each week, a new week will open full of resources, reflections, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week perusing resources and readings, answering a discussion question, engaging in several writing prompts, and responding to peers’ work. From our interactions, we sustain a welcoming and inspiring community together.
A widely-anthologized writer and performer, Jen Cross has facilitated sexuality and sexual trauma survivors writing workshops for over a decade. In 2003, Jen founded Writing Ourselves Whole, an organization that offers transformative writing workshops for sexual trauma survivors and others. Jen's worked with hundreds of writers, through private workshops and in collaboration with colleges, social change organizations and other institutions throughout the U.S. Jen is the author of Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma (Mango Media, forthcoming Summer 2017) and the co-editor of Sex Still Spoken Here: An Erotic Reading Circle Anthology (CSC Press, 2014); her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in over 50 publications. Jen received her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College in 2003, and she is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at San Francisco State University. For more information, visit www.writingourselveswhole.org.
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