Let's Write About Sex, Baby: The Art of Writing Erotica with Brian Centrone

    Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

    Sarah Lawrence College
    1 Mead Way
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    United States

    Instructor: Brian Centrone
    Length: 1 session, $200
    Saturday,  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


    Erotic literature has been around for centuries. Authors such as D.H. Lawrence. Anne Rice, and yes, even E.L. James, have mastered the art of titillating the senses. However, this skill hasn’t come without criticism. Erotica tends to be looked down upon and viewed as trash or smut, but this isn’t or doesn’t have to be true. Erotica can be very literary. Whether you’re writing an erotic short story, a sex scene in your novel, or about romance and sensuality, this workshop will guide you in crafting the perfect prose to arouse. Let's Write about Sex, Baby,  will challenge perceptions about erotic writing, examine the language of erotica, and explore the difference between building sex into a story rather than building a story around sex. Gay, Lesbian, and Straight erotica will all be considered.


    Brian Centrone is the author of the short story collection, Erotica. The book collects 5 of his previously published gay, erotic short stories and 2 never-before-published works. He is also the author of the literary short story collection I Voted for Biddy Schumacher: Mismatched Tales from the Mind of Brian Centrone and of the novel, An Ordinary Boy. Four of his One-Act plays have been produced for the stage as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ The Big Read program, including his recently published play, We, the Jury. His writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary and arts journals, newspapers, and online. He is the Co-Founder and Publisher of New Lit Salon Press as well as the co-editor of Southern Gothic: New Tales from the South and the editor of Salon Style: Fiction, Poetry & Art.


    In addition to his writing and publishing career, Brian Centrone is an Adjunct Professor. He has taught creative writing, composition, and literature at the Massillon Museum, SUNY/Westchester Community College, New York University, and Pace University. In 2015, Brian Centrone was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Brian holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Fordham University (New York), and a M.A. in Creative Writing (the Novel) from The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester (UK).

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