Call for papers
Call for Papers
I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium needs you.
OUR CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED!
We want to have a conversation about the role of sex writing in contemporary literature. We invite (15-minute) papers and creative-critical contributions on any aspect of reading or writing sex in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
We particularly encourage and welcome papers from marginalised voices: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBTQIA+, enby/gender-queer/gender-fluid, neurodiverse and working class individuals.
Here are some of the things we are thinking about and would be excited to receive papers on:
The role of sex writing in contemporary literature
Issues of technical representation; the lexicon of sex
Distinctions of genre and form
Textual analysis of sex in literature
Is sex something we can put into words?
Representations of body, gender, sexuality
Sex writing as a political, transgressive act
The role of the reader
Shame and normalcy in sex writing
The history of obscenity and censorship
How to write sex in the internet age
Sex writing inside and outside of mainstream publishing
Cultural considerations and approaches
The future of sex writing
OUR CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED.
Abstracts of 200–300 words, together with an accompanying bio, should be submitted to James Smart and Melissa Wan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We’re open to any talks and papers that engage with sex writing, including but not limited to the above, and are keen to hear your ideas and suggestions too!
We would emphasise that this is a creative writing and literature symposium, organised by students on the Creative Writing MA at UEA, but we also welcome papers which have a critical foundation. As this is a non-commercial, student-led symposium, no financial support for travel or accommodation is available for those presenting papers and we ask that if necessary contributors explore funding opportunities at their home institutions.
Organisers: Melissa Wan (MA Creative Writing, UEA), James Smart (MFA Creative Writing, UEA) and Kate Moorhead (Lecturer in Creative Writing, UEA)