Friday, April 22 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Writing Sex Scenes: The Art of Intimate Prose

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Join us for this free event via YouTube for a talk about writing sex scenes, one of the most difficult challenges an author faces. The panel will feature five debut authors whose novels were published in 2020. Amanda Brainerd, the author of Age of Consent (nominated for "Best Sex Scene" by the Zibby Awards) will moderate the conversation with Leah Konen, the author of All the Broken People, Ellen Birkett Morris, the author of Lost Girls, Liv Arnold, the author of erotic rom com Stepping Stone, and Eliza Nellums, the author of All That’s Bright and Gone. The panel will discuss the awkward, fun, strange, and basic part of being human that sex is, and how to capture its awkwardness, pleasure, and sexiness in a believable manner. This will include short readings as well as topics such as the struggles of writing a sex scene, character interaction, whether sex scenes should be “hot”, and what should be omitted. All of these wonderful authors will bring fresh perspective to a typically off-limits topic.

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Ellen Birkett Morris

Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Lost Girls, a collection of short stories called "a varied set of tales from a skilled practitioner of the short form" by Kirkus Reviews. Her fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, and Santa... Read More →
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Amanda Brainerd

Amanda Brainerd is a New York City real estate broker, wife and mother of three. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a Master of Architecture from Columbia University after being expelled from Choate Rosemary Hall boarding school in the 10th grade. AGE OF CONSENT, (Viking... Read More →
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Liv Arnold

Liv Arnold has worked as a copywriter for several global companies and now runs her own freelance business. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lives with her husband and their spoiled dog, who only eats freshly cooked meals. When she’s not writing, Liv’s avoiding the gym... Read More →
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Eliza Nellums

Raised in the Detroit suburbs, Eliza Nellums now lives with her cat in Washington DC. She is a member of Bethesda Writer's Center as well as the Metro Writers, a weekly critique group that meets in Dupont Circle. ALL THAT'S BRIGHT AND GONE is her debut novel.
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Leah Konen

Leah Konen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied journalism and English literature. She is the author of the forthcoming thriller, The Perfect Escape. Her debut thriller, All the Broken People, was a Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, She Reads... Read More →

Friday April 22, 2022 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT