Refreshments will be served.
“I want to know them well, intimately. I have to be able to describe them.”
~The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume One.
Do you feel self-conscious when you are writing sex scenes in novels? Does your love poetry lack lust(re)? The goal of this workshop is to find a vocabulary for the erotic self; writers will explore ways of describing their characters’ lives fully and unselfconsciously, in order to enhance the story or poem at hand. Exploring your sensual self in poetry or fiction can be exciting, freeing. Not only that, but by incorporating eroticism into your writing you will add a level of depth and honesty to it. In a relaxed, open, and accepting environment, we will discuss how to loosen inhibitions and will do so with various writing exercises meant to free the sensual writer within. We will look at other writers’ techniques and language and explore the variety of ways authors have expressed passion in their writing. Whether you are a poet or a prose writer, a novice or published writer, your work will undoubtedly benefit from this playful, exploratory day.
Myna Wallin is an author and editor born and living in Toronto. She is also an organizer and host of the Art Bar Reading Series. Myna’s first full-length poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published in 2006 by Tightrope Books. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Algonquin Square Table Anthology, Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, Eye Weekly, Kiss Machine, In the Dark: Stories from the Supernatural, the Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Nod, and Rampike. She recently received an Honourable Mention from Contemporary Verse 2 for their 2009 2-Day Poem Contest. Myna also hosts “In Other Words” on CKLN, where she has been interviewing authors since 2004. After receiving her MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, Myna taught Effective Writing at George Brown College for several years. For Tightrope she has edited Sandra Kasturi’s The Animal Bridegroom, Phoebe Tsang’s Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse, and co-edited I.V. Lounge Nights with Alex Boyd. Tightrope Books is releasing Myna’s first book of fiction, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, in spring 2010.