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SESSION 11: WRITING SEX: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO BROACHING THE OBSCENE

INSTRUCTOR: TAMARA FAITH BERGER
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19 - March 12, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 4
WHERE: Room 214, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto
COST: $390 + HST*

This workshop will encourage writers and artists to create texts that work with the danger, pleasure, and reality of sexual behaviour. We will focus on the use of sexual language, the first-person sexually active point of view, and the ethics of pornography and erotica as key aspects of sex writing. Can we write about sex in opposition to dominant narratives, as titillation and as inquiry? What is the social import of smut? Looking at a wide variety of texts – from Kristen Roupenian, Virginie Despentes, Juliana Huxtable, Myriam Gurba, Sheila Heti, Kathy Acker, and Oriana Small, among others – this workshop will help participants locate their own points on the reality-fantasy continuum of sex-writing in order to contribute to the ongoing unmasking of sex in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and the world.   

TAMARA FAITH BERGER writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays. She is the author of Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore (reprinted together as Little Cat), Maidenhead, and Kuntalini. Her fifth book, Queen Solomon, was published by Coach House Books in October 2018. Maidenhead was nominated for the Trillium Book Award and won the Believer Book Award. Her work has been published in Apology, Adult, Canadian Art, Taddle Creek, and Canadian Notes and Queries. She has a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

*Limited seats will be available at a reduced rate of $195 + HST, You can request to apply for one of these spots on the registration form. Reduced rate registration is not guaranteed.