EROTIC WRITING: Relax. It’s only sex!


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EROTIC WRITING: Relax. It’s only sex!

Monday, Sept 27, 2010

Erotic Writing. A matter that strikes fear in the hearts of many writers.

If you are writing fiction, you often need to open this Pandora’s box. It’s ripe with political incorrectness, point-of-view issues, censorship quandaries. But it’s acceptable, and even fun to write and read.

Whether you are interested in writing an erotic novel, or if you are just dealing with a section of your book that encompasses this section of the universe, you need to feel comfortable with the genre in order to expect success.

Our panel will tell you how and why they did it (wrote, that is), and with appropriate good humor will let you in on the secrets, the pitfalls, and the benefits of writing good erotic prose or poetry.

Remember, “…it’s only dirty if you do it right,” attributed to Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, and George Burns.

Relax, it’s just sex.

OUR PANEL:

JACQUES RIFKIND, writing as Alma Marceau, is the author of the erotic novel LOFTING. An excerpt from LOFTING was anthologized in The Best American Erotica series, published by Simon & Schuster. The novel was translated and published by FusoSha, Tokyo in a Japanese edition. Rifkind works as a wine broker in the Los Angeles area and currently restricts his writing to scientific treatises on beetles.

LINDA DeVILLERS, PH.D. specializes in sex and relationship therapy. She is a sex therapist certified by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is a diplomate and clinical supervisor of the American Board of Sexology. Her accomplishments include writing the book Love Skills and she’s also written a chapter on Sexual Communication for Praeger’s Sexual Health. She currently serves on the board of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and has also served on the boards of The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists; The Los Angeles Country Psychological Association; and the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California.

LEIGH COURT, a multi-published, award-winning author has been writing since age eleven and grew up to be a television news journalist whose assignments took her on real life adventures. After traveling most of the world Leigh segued into public relations. Yet, she’s never stopped writing. Leigh’s current release is an erotic Victorian novella called The Betpublished by Red Sage Publishing in the Secrets Volume 27 anthology. Her next tome is an erotic Roman epic called Conqueror Vanquished which will be released on October 8 from Ellora’s Cave Publishing.

EDEN BRADLEY (also writing under the names of Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin) is a best-selling, award nominated author. Ms Bradley authors sensual, romantic and sometimes kinky erotica for Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice, Berkley Heat, Samhain Publishing and Phaze Publishing. Her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, profiled in Cosmopolitan Magazine and translated into four languages. Eden appears regularly on Playboy Radio and conducts writing workshops about the craft in general and specifically about authoring sexual content. Growing up here as a Hollywood native, Eden loves art, shoes, tattoos, chocolate and great books.

DAHLIA SCHWEITZER is a writer, teacher, and former German cabaret star. Seduce Me, an anthology of her erotic fiction, is published in America by Avon Red, a division of HarperCollins, and in Germany by Maas Verlag. A second collection of stories, I’ve Been a Naughty Girl, is published by Ravenous Romance. The German edition of Lovergirl, a revealing account of one girl’s quest for meaning in the sex industry, was released by Heyne, a division of Random House. Her short stories have also appeared in erotic magazines and anthologies. She is currently teaching writing in Los Angeles.