NSFW: A Sex Positive Writing Workshop


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

5 Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00pm:  4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9

All too often, submitting sexually explicit material in a nonfiction workshop elicits one of three responses: avoidance (commenting on everything but the sex), an instinct to censor ("I didn't want to know that"), or overstimulation (a giddy delight with the material that precludes examining it through a craft lens). In a sex-negative culture, it can feel unsafe and excruciatingly vulnerable to share essays about sex and sexuality in workshop-- but it's never been more important to write and publish these stories.

NSFW (Not Safe For Workshop) is a space for alumni of "Penning the Nasty" and "Owning the Nasty"/"Making Meaning From Sex" to receive ongoing feedback about their work in a supportive setting. In NSFW, all participants have been trained in how to workshop sexual material, avoiding the potholes of sex negativity and bringing a sharp eye to micro-level concerns like how sex scenes unfold as well as macro-level questions about what it means to be a sexual being.

Participants' main focus will be turning in two essays for workshop and providing feedback on their peers' submissions. Participants will also receive in-class and out of class writing prompts to help them generate new material. Three required nonfiction books-- Sallie Tisdale's Talk Dirty To Me, Sarah Hepola's Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, and Alain de Botton's How To Think More About Sex-- will inspire our own work and give us an opportunity to talk craft.

Those who haven't taken "Penning the Nasty" or "Owning the Nasty"/"Making Meaning From Sex," but who are working on sexuality-related writing are welcome with permission from Kati. Payment plans flexible with a nonrefundable deposit.

Cost: Sliding scale, $180-$230. Please be honest in what you can afford. Payment plans still available.

Location: Tucson Hop Shop's Literary Loft