Writing Meaningful and Memorable Sex Scenes
Presented by Katrina Knights
2 Week Course
Start Date: Monday, March 3
End Date: Sunday, March 16
$25 Members - $30 Non-Member
There’s no question about it: sex sells, and the current romance market is thriving on more explicit content than ever before in the history of the genre. However, readers are discerning, and even the most daring content will fall flat if it isn’t integrated into the story on an emotional level and on a story level.
This course will show you how to write sex scenes that not only scorch the pages, but carry the story forward and reveal important plot elements or provide in-depth characterization. No more cookie cutter scenes—each sex scene will be integral to the story and specific to the characters involved, drawing the reader into your story and leaving them thoroughly fulfilled—in more ways than one.
Part One: What should a sex scene accomplish? If a scene doesn’t drive the story, it doesn’t belong there. Learn how to structure these encounters so they’re integral to the plot and character development.
Part Two: The structure and dynamic of a sex scene. Learn to build your sex scenes so they draw the reader in and don’t fall flat.
Part Three: Different types of sex scenes and how this affects the structure and dynamic of the scene. Look at various ways to approach romantic encounters, including power dynamics and character interaction.
Part Four: The nitty-gritty of structure—emotional and physical touchstones for individual scenes. The interior structure of the scene from sentence to sentence, touch to touch. Move the scene beyond “Wham, bam, thank you, Ma’am (or sir).”
Each part will include a “lecture,” resources where applicable, examples from published works, and optional exercises for you to practice tips and get a feel for creating a deeper, more emotional and meaningful scene.
Katriena Knights is a published author of several paranormal and contemporary romances, published by ImaJinn Books and Samhain Publishing. She also writes erotic romance as Elizabeth Jewell, under which name she has been published at Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and Loose Id. In addition, she is a freelance editor, working with authors at several small publishers including Changeling Press. She also works with authors individually, providing editing and evaluation services through Notes on Vellum (http://notesonvellum.com).