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Owning the Nasty: Writing the Personal Sex Essay (Tucson, AZ)


  • Private Adobe Home in Barrio Viejo Tucson, Arizona (map)

Friday, November 8 from 5:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday, November 9 from 9:00am-5:00pm (1 hour lunch break included) and Sunday, November 10 from 8:00am-11:00am.

Cost: $370

EARLYBIRD PRICING UNTIL 9/1: $340 if paid in full

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 weekend intensive in a private adobe home in Tucson’s Barrio Viejo, participants will write about their own sexual experiences. Together, we’ll mine our lives for unexpected stories, consider what authority looks like on the page, and dive into the opportunities provided by narrative distance. 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 with which our culture grapples.

Participants should plan to read published essays in advance of the class dates. This class will not include workshopping, but will involve the optional sharing of work. (More information to come on a separate workshopping group and/or manuscript reading discount with Kati.)

This class is designed to be trauma-sensitive and draws on Kati’s experience as a seasoned sex writer and Certified Sexologist who has provided sexuality education to more than 8,000 people.

This class requires a minimum of 5 students and caps at 15. A deposit of half the total cost is required to hold your space, with the remainder due at the start of class. Alternate payment plans and work trades may be possible; please reach out to discuss further with Kati. Earlybird pricing expires 9/1.

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Kati is a passionate sex educator, and she brought a wealth of knowledge into the workshop. She creates a safe space for participants to share their most vulnerable material and fosters lively discussion about sex in our culture and in modern literature. Her workshop was a treat I didn’t know I needed. Sex writing has many facets and nuances, and I am confident approaching it now.
— Libby Horton, Writing the Sex Essay student, Boulder, CO
I loved the structure of the class, bouncing from discussion of this taboo subject— *sex*— into suddenly having a timed writing exercise with a prompt that jump-started ideas. Writing fast and furiously, not having to share, was freeing. When we did share, that was wonderful and wild.
— Patti Gassaway, Writing the Sex Essay Student, Boulder, CO
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