Sex scenes can range from five-chili-pepper erotic passages that seem suspiciously like porn to flames welling up in a fireplace as a couple kiss. But sex is part of life, so the ability to write about it in ways that are appropriate to a situation can—and should—be part of most writers’ repertoire. Sex can help move a story forward, bring characters together or drive them apart and make readers laugh, cry or care. The language of love doesn’t have to be obscene, purple, clinical, awkward or silly—unless of course any of those is right for the material and the situation. How sex can convey a range of human emotions. (Some samples will come from SexScenes, an experiment by six Wisconsin writers reading very different types of sex scenes from their novels in performances at bars and sex stores in Milwaukee.)
The material will be aimed at writers who are aiming at adult audiences. Writing sex scenes for genres that appeal to teens will not be covered.