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TONIGHT-Tuesday-Oct 17-The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex Ed

Program for tonight:

  • Adult Sex Ed
  • Jon Drucker’s Book Release Party
  • Memorial readings for Frances Seidman-First reader at the Salon in May 2008
  • Information regarding the Erotic Literary Salon readings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a few weeks.
  • Do come and read (sign-up at the door) or just come to listen. If you would like to participate but don’t write, you can read from the Craig’s list personals I hand-out.
  • Doors open 6:30 – see you tonight.

I enjoy sensual pictures of people and sharing them with the Salon.

Press Release – October 17 – The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon-Live and the Adult Sex-Ed Salon, Book Release Party for Gifted Writer Jon Drucker’s Fierce Liquid: Poems and Lies, West Philly Press, Along with Attendee Readings,

Tuesday, Oct. 17

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

PCSalons@gmail.com – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – guidelines for reading.

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – blog: events, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.

 

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, October 17. Poet, storyteller, and Erotic Literary Salon Habitué Jon Drucker will read from his new collection, Fierce Liquid: Poems and Lies. Jon is the author of oneironaught: collected/selected/rejected poems, and is the founder and publisher of West Philly Press. http://westphillypress.com/

 

Two copies of Fierce Liquid: Poems and Lies will be raffled off at the end of the evening.

 

The evening will start with the Adult Sex-Ed Salon a one-hour program devoted to sex and sexuality. The audience will have the opportunity to pose any questions regarding sex and sexuality anonymously. Sexologist Susana Mayer, PhD, along with co-host Walter will facilitate the Adult Sex-Ed Salon and attendees interested in sharing their knowledge and experiences will join in the discussion. This is always an extremely lively, audience driven Q & A period.

 

PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 65 or more individuals. Approximately 10-15 attendees participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works, some read, “missed connections” and “romance” shorts from Craig’s list. The rest of the attendees come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Sign-up to read at the door, but you must have attended one Salon previously. Guidelines at the Salon’s website.

 

Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for cocktails, food and conversation. Adult Sex-Ed between 7:00-8:00, readings begin at approximately 8:30. Admission is $12, discounted for students and seniors to $10. Salon attendees must be 21.

 

Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon and blog.

…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”

“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010

 

“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.

Daily News, March 15, 2010

 

“I never knew such a life of honesty could exist. I finally found a home I can be comfortable in…this event changed my life.

First-time attendee and reader 2013

 

 

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