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Hi! We’re James Smart and Melissa Wan. We’re Creative Writing MA students at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and we want to talk to you about sex,

I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium came out of a desire to have a conversation about the role of sex and sexuality in contemporary literature. And now it’s happening. Great people are coming and you should come too.

Join us on June 6th at Dragon Hall, Norwich.

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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:

 
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  • 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?

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  • Representations of body, gender, sexuality

  • Intersectional representation

  • Sex writing as a political, transgressive act

  • The role of the reader

  • Shame and normalcy in sex writing

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  • 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 showyouminesymposium@gmail.com.

Download as PDF.

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)

GREAT THINGS ARE COMING