Category: Events

Tonight-Jan 17-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live-Adult Sex Ed, Unicorn Writer’s Conference

This evening I shall read excerpts from love letters written by a former president’s wife and her female lover. They exchanged 4,000 letters during the thirty years they knew each other.

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The following information was sent to me by Jan Kardys, Chairman of this conference:

You may be interested in attending Unicorn Writers Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017, Reid Castle, Purchase, NY. This is a one day conference.

You may be interested in attending Unicorn Writers Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017, Reid Castle, Purchase, NY. This is a one day conference.
Price: $325 includes all three meals and all workshops.

Here are the 18 editors attending:http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/editors…­

Here are the 43 agents attending:
http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/agents….­

Unicorn will have 4 AGENT PANELS with plenty of time for questions as well as our Powerpoint questions the we have already prepared. There will be two EDITOR PANELS as well. THERE ARE SIX (6) different workshops every hour.

The day starts at 7:30 (breakfast) and ends around 7:30-8:30 pm. It is an intense day.

1. ALL the agents and editors are available for 1-1 review sessions. There are different types of manuscript review sessions: 1. 40 pages and a 2 page book summary 2. Query Letter review session 3. Book Summary review session 4. Flap copy review session (Ms review sessions are $60 each, and the others are $50 each). Each 1-1 session is 30 minutes with a set appointment made in advance and you let us know who (or how many agents and/or editors you wish to meet with).

2. There are no limits on the number of review sessions you can book. At the last conference every writer signed for review sessions except for 2 people. (We will have a special database this year for scheduling 1-1 sessions). However, it is early so you can sign up and you will one of the first people to get booked. 5 people have already signed up. Each year we get sold out at this conference.

3. Yes, once they have read your 40 pages/2 page book summary in advance and you can certainly pitch them during your 30 minutes. The purpose is to get feedback and positive/negative comments – suggestions for changes.
Of course, writers have gotten their agents at Unicorn Writers Conference as per this page: http://www.unicornwritersconference.com/acclaim…­

4. there are over 100 1-1 sessions every 30 minutes. We are currently building a massive database/new system in order to handle these. You can sign up for the conference now but I won’t be scheduling these sessions for 1 month.

Reminder-Tuesday Jan 17-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live, Between The Sheets-Writing & Selling Erotica w/Rachel Kramer Bussel

Come prepared to ask your anonymous sex and sexuality questions. Adult Sex-Ed is all about the attendees’ and sexologist Susana Mayer answering your questions.

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Between The Sheets a writing and selling erotica class with the famous editor and writer Rachel Kramer Bussel. Class begins February 7, online.

Rachel has read her erotica at the Erotic Literary Salon several years ago. She is definitely a person who teaches what she practices and has a most successful erotica writing and editing career.

Class Description

Let’s talk about sex.

Specifically, writing about it.

First, it ain’t easy to write. Sex itself can be awkward enough, but describing it? Without sounding like a goofball? That can be tough.

Second, there’s this whole big genre totally devoted to sex called erotica, which has turned into a dirty word among writers—especially those who think Fifty Shades of Grey is all it has to offer.

But you can write sex with a deft hand, with skill and grace, in a way that reveals character and emotion. And you’ll learn to do that in Between the Sheets with Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Rachel has been writing erotica for over 15 years, and has edited over 50 anthologies, including Hungry for More, The Big Book of Orgasms, Fast Girls, and Cheeky Spanking Stories, and is Best Bondage Erotica series editor. Her short stories have been published in over 100 anthologies, including the Best American Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Gay Erotica and Best Lesbian Erotica series. For five years she ran the In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series, and has conducted readings and taught erotic writing workshops across the country.

As part of the class, you’ll receive a bibliography and market listing, and you’ll be pointed to current markets that are looking for new writing.

What This Class Covers

Week One: Erotica is Everywhere

We will define erotica and its purpose, including examples from literary fiction and erotic novels, including varying types of language and the mechanics of writing about sex, including research (no, you absolutely don’t have to have done the things you’re writing about). We’ll discuss language, voice, pace, and how to find the erotic potential in everyday situations, as well as how to overcome internal hurdles to writing erotica and answer your friends’ and families’ nosy questions.

Assignment: Students will be asked to write a prompt-driven erotic scene with particular attention to fresh imagery and avoidance of cliche.

Week Two: From Humor to Heartache: Setting the Mood

Erotica is not necessarily about shiny happy people having the best orgasms of their lives on every page (though you will find plenty of happy people enjoying their sexuality). Erotica may or may not have a traditional happy ending (pun intended). We’ll examine why humor and heartache work in erotica and how they can be used to your best advantage to add to the tension and draw of a story.

Assignment: Students will respond to story prompts incorporating humor and heartache respectively using the same set of characters.

Week Three: Motivation

Why is erotica about more than just a sex scene? How can you enhance the sex scenes in your stories by adding conflict, backstory and motivation? How does writing about characters fundamentally different from you push you to explore the genre, and what does it teach you about sexuality? We’ll explore different motivations within erotica and how they fuel the story.

Assignment: Students will explore point of view and voice in erotica by telling the same story from multiple viewpoints, and examining which voice speaks the most strongly.

Week Four: The Business of Erotica and Submitting Your Work

What are editors looking for in today’s erotica marketplace, and how can you stand out? Should you use a pseudonym? How can you extend your work beyond a single story? How much money can you expect to make from writing erotica?

Assignment: Complete a short story and submit it to a current market.

Goals Of This Class

  • Learn what erotica is (and isn’t)—and about the marketplace for erotica and erotic fiction
  • Write from various points of view, sexualities, and character types
  • Incorporate elements of pop culture, news, and everyday life into your erotica
  • Craft a complete erotic short story and submit it

 

Tonight-Dec 20-The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed Salon-Live, What Can We Do to Ensure Freedom to Love?

Martha Cornog, Salon attendee and author of several books including The Big Book of Masturbation, compiled this excellent list of nonprofit organizations I urge you to support.

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http://www.celesteprize.com/artwork/ido:92178/

 

What Can We Do to Ensure Freedom to Love?

Making America Healthy and Promoting Tolerance

Those of us at the Erotic Literary Salon may not have all voted in the same way. But I think we all support the right to love as we choose, read and speak freely, and have sovereignty over our own bodies and health care.

Many, many nonprofit organizations work towards these goals. Here are a few in Philadelphia worthy of support in the form of contributions and volunteering.

 

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Blackwell at Locust Street
1144 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-351-5560

[see website for centers at other locations]

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-southeastern-pennsylvania

PPSP’s mission is to protect and enhance reproductive freedom, increase access to reproductive health services and information, and promote sexual health. Planned Parenthood comes under fire constantly for performing abortions. Yet most of their work centers in providing affordable health care and contraception to women. And promoting consistent use of effective contraception is one of the best ways to eliminate abortion.

 

American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19103

215-592-1513

https://www.aclupa.org/

“Through advocacy, education and litigation, our attorneys, advocates, and volunteers work to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law. We stand in defense of the rights of women and minorities, workers, students, immigrants, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and others who have seen bias and bigotry threaten the rights afforded to all of us in this country by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”

 

Free Library of Philadelphia

Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

[see website for information about the 50+ branches]

http://www.freelibrary.org/

Reading is fundamental to an informed citizenry, whether it’s tax information, finding a job, learning about being gay, enjoying a hot novel, or exploring what polyamory means. The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity.

 

Puentes de Salud Health and Wellness Center

1700 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Phone: 215-454-8000
http://www.puentesdesalud.org/

Recent article: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/For-Latinos-in-South-Philly-clinic-is-a-bridge-to-health-and-much-more.html

This clinic ministers to the health needs of some 6,000 patients a year, most of them low income Latino immigrants, most of them undocumented, with no insurance. Puentes goes beyond basic care to also help clients with education, behavioral health, legal advice, and financial counseling classes. In addition, there’s an after-school counseling program run out of Southward Elementary School in South Philadelphia

 

Three groups of special relevance to LGBTQ folks:

 

Mazzoni Center

21 South 12th Street
215-563-0652

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/

Mazzoni Center offers a variety of LGBT-focused healthcare services, such as food banks for the hungry, HIV- and STD-testing, mental and behavioral health services, and more.

 

Philadelphia FIGHT

1233 Locust Street
215-985-4448

https://fight.org/

Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive AIDS service organization that provides state-of-the art, culturally competent primary care, HIV specialty care, consumer education, advocacy, social services, and outreach to people living with HIV and those who are at high risk. FIGHT treats patients regardless of insurance status or the ability to pay.

 

William Way LGBT Community Center

1315 Spruce Street
215-732-2220

http://waygay40.org/

The William Way LGBT Community Center encourages, supports, and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region. It’s services include drop-in, free and confidential rapid HIV testing and Hepatitis C testing. Trained counselors will be on-site to provide testing and education.”

This Tuesday-Dec 20-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live & Adult Sex-Ed Salon, Dec 17-13th Annual International Day of End Violence Against Sex Workers

The last Salon for 2016 is this Tuesday, Dec 20th. It has been a wonderful year of sharing stories, poems, journals and thoughts on sex and sexuality. 2016 saw the expansion of the Adult Sex-Ed Salon along with some very fine readings.

Before I see you next week, come out and support Sex Workers. See notice below.

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PHILLY is HOME to many unique communities – including sex workers of diverse cultures, transgender women and LGBTQ adults

Community allies and caring people are coming together in Philadelphia to participate in the 13th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Saturday December 17, 2016

4-6 PM

Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall

Memoriam begins at 4:30 PM with an opening meditation in memory of

Donna Gentile

Do you know a sex worker – 

or person exploring their gender identity mistaken for a sex worker

–  murdered in Pennsylvania this year? 

If there are individuals who you would like to include in December 17 memoriam , we would be honored to remember them in numerous vigils and events across the globe.The list will be publicly available on our website and distributed to organizers of December 17 Events, so if you would prefer to use a pseudonym, that is, of course, welcome.If you have names to contribute, please submit them via form, or email:  katherine@swopusa.org