Writing the Erotic: Sense, Politics, and Play: Virtual Fiction and Poetry Class
Dates: 4 Tuesdays, March 22 - April 12
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Kathleen J. Woods
Genre: Poetry and Fiction
“[An] important way in which the erotic connection functions is the open and fearless underlining of my capacity for joy. In the way my body stretches to music and opens into response, hearkening to its deepest rhythms, so every level upon which I sense also opens to the erotically satisfying experience, whether it is dancing, building a bookcase, writing a poem, examining an idea.” — Audre Lorde, “Uses of the Erotic: Erotic as Power”
In this fiction and poetry course, writers will be invited to explore the relationship between sensory experience, sexual imagination, and creative expression. Through weekly readings, discussions, and exercises, we will interrogate shame and articulate a personal erotic ethos, unlocking a writing practice that embraces pleasure and its possibilities.
Guided by work from Audre Lorde, Dorothy Allison, Judith Butler, francine j. harris, Natalie Diaz, Brontez Purnell, Octavia Butler, and others, we will spend each week focusing on a different aspect of erotic writing. First, we will go inward, connecting to our personal relationship with sensual experience and the body. Next, we will face outward, considering how writing the sensual might help us foster expansive intimacy or envision a more liberated world. Finally, we will enter the realm of play, pushing through barriers to craft erotic landscapes that can be fantastical and fun. Our final two weeks will also include time for workshop and discussion.
Kathleen J. Woods is the author of the novel White Wedding, published by Fiction Collective 2. She earned an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a 2018 Writers Grotto fellow. Her writing has appeared in Bitch, Western Humanities Review, Bartleby Snopes, Apeiron Review, and others.