Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay


  • Tucson Hop Shop 3230 North Dodge Boulevard Tucson, AZ, 85716 United States

7 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm: 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4.  (Off 2/14, 3/14, and 3/28).

How do we make meaning from our sexual experiences? What do our personal stories have to offer the world, and what is the best way to share them? In this bawdy, smart, & introspective seven-week class, participants will craft a personal essay about an aspect of their sexual experience. Beyond simply telling the narrative of what happened, we will work to build strong connective tissue between individual sexual stories and the larger questions about sex that our culture is grappling with. 

After several weeks of writing prompts in and out of class, participants will turn in an essay to the class for workshopping. In the final week of the course, participants will revise the essay based on the feedback they received. Writers should expect to read several published essays each week-- works that will get the group talking about sex, deepening our thinking and increasing our understanding of the role of craft strategies like research and essaying in narrative sexual storytelling. (Writers should also expect to read and comment on essays by their peers.)

Cost: $270  (Bring a male with you, and both of you will get $10 off.)

Location:  Tucson Hop Shop

If this class enrolls five full-pay students, I will open up a free slot to a writer of color, LGBTIQA writer, or writer of Muslim heritage, in order to encourage a wider diversity of stories in our public. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please contact me.  

Other scholarships may be available if we enroll seven full-pay students or if I do not find someone for the above scholarship opportunity. As always, I am willing to work with those who need to pay in multiple installments.