“Doing It” in Charlottetown: Writing Erotica

Kathleen HamiltonThe PEI Writers’ Guild and UPEI invite Island writers to join Kathleen Hamilton for the Delta of Venus Workshop, an afternoon of writing erotica. Kathleen is the author of Sex After Baby: Why there is None, an award-winning playwright (Shameless Hussies, Blonde Moments), a screenwriter and a poet.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, and in the tradition of Anais Nin who wrote, “only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy,” this workshop will guide participants to explore their own language of sex and the senses while trying their hand at writing erotica. It is open to male and female writers of all genres.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, February 11 at the UPEI Faculty Lounge from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $25 for Writers’ Guild members and $35 for non-members. To register, please contact Bruce McCallum at [email protected] or phone 902 964-2297.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of you have asked questions about Delta of Venus, the erotic writing workshop happening this Saturday afternoon, February 11th, so I thought I’d share answers with everyone.

If you’re curious about the writing we’ll do, if you’re feeling attracted but not sure if the workshop is for you (no one likes sitting on the fence!) this Q & A may help you decide.

Q: How do I know if the workshop is for me?

Answer: This workshop is for you if you want to 1) try your hand at writing in the popular genre known as erotica, or 2) learn what makes for good sex scenes in fiction, poetry, or memoir, or 3) have fun writing a sexy new piece (it is February, after all. Let’s liven things up!)

Q: Will I be asked to read my writing aloud?

A: Nope. Reading is always optional at my workshops. We might have extra chocolate for those who do though! Also, we make agreements before we begin, and the first agreement is Confidentiality. I want you to be comfortable to write freely and perhaps write in a new way.

Q: Do I need to have prior experience or knowledge about writing erotica?

A: No priors are required. I’ve designed the afternoon to appeal to those who recognize themselves in the “This workshop is for you if” section above. If that’s you, you’ll feel right at home. 

Q: How will this help my writing?

A: I know a lot of writers and I would guess that at least half of them have tried their hand at writing about sex in poems or stories at some point. But it is a challenging thing to do and that is why it’s a good subject for a workshop. What makes for good sex writing?

Q: Do you have experience teaching erotic writing?

A: Yes, this workshop is tried and true. I designed it several years ago at the request of Jane Ledwell, who wanted to offer an erotic writing workshop for women and trans women as part of a Sexual Health Expo. It was a big hit and generated some excellent erotic writing. You’ll be in good hands, promise.

Q: Is this workshop open to both women and men?

A: Yes indeed, all genders and genres welcome.

Q: Aren’t you worried about attracting, you know, weirdos?

A: Well, Writers Guild members tend to be a well-behaved bunch, so no, not really. But if anyone is disruptive, a 500-pound cow will fall on their head, they will be asked to leave, and UPEI campus security will see them out. Plus we’ll take away their chocolate.

Q: Who is sponsoring?

A: The PEI Writers’ Guild and the English Department of UPEI.

Q: Where is the workshop being held?

Faculty Lounge, Main Building, UPEI campus.

(Lovely room, comfy chairs, loads of parking.)

Q: When is the workshop?

This Saturday afternoon, 1-4 pm.

Q: What is the cost?

A: $25 for Writers’ Guild members, $35 for non-members. To become a member, go here: www.peiwritersguild.com

Q: How do I register for the workshop?

A: Send an email to Writers’ Guild workshop coordinator Bruce MacCallum at [email protected] or phone him at 902-964-2297.

Q: What should I bring?

A: A notebook and a fast pen.

Hope this answers your questions. I’d love to see you on Saturday for Delta of Venus. This will be fun!

Yours truly,