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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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I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium

Lineup and Programme

I’ll Show You Mine is a one day symposium featuring panel discussions with leading contemporary writers and thinkers, dispatches from academics and students on the cultural landscape of sex writing, and much more.

This symposium is open to anyone interested in the writing of sex in literature, especially students and writers. A £10 day ticket gives you access to a day of panels and discussions. A £17 day and seminar ticket will also get you a place on our of our intimate sex-writing seminars with an industry professional.

We’re excited to share our first speakers and seminar leaders with you below though we have more exciting lovelies to follow!

You can purchase tickets to the event and seminars here.

Session 1
9.30 - 11.00
Presentations on the writing of sex

A panel of writers working across many forms and disciplines present papers covering topics ranging from evolving analogies between writing and sexual practices, the unfixity of desire, the politics behind teratophilia and the practicalities of writing sex scenes featuring inhuman anatomy, and the consequences of eliding or omitting sex from literature.

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‘A Heat-Seeking Erotics of Pleasurable Conversions – or, “Writing”’
Rosalind Brown

Rosalind Brown is a PhD candidate in Creative-Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her project explores forms of discipline (writerly, bodily, self-imposed, sexual, intellectual), and the novella form, and incorporates related interests such as fantasy, Shakespeare, fanfiction, and forms of non-verbal knowledge, including silence, meditation, and art music. Her work has appeared in Lighthouse, Ambit, and Best British Short Stories 2017.




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Alison Graham

Alison Graham is a poet and essayist based in Norwich. Her work has appeared in publications such as 3am Magazine, Bare Fiction, Datableed, and Zeno. She has given readings as part of The Enemies Project, and has a creative-critical piece entitled ‘]by luck of the harbour’ forthcoming from Seam Editions. She can be found on Twitter as @A__Graham. 






“For who could ever learn to love a Beast?”: Politics, Performance, and Practicalities in Alien and Monster Romance’
V.C. Lancaster

Vanessa Chainey is a queer feminist Romance author under the pen-name V.C. Lancaster. After graduating from UEA with a BA in American Studies she went on to self-publish her first book in 2015, and became a full-time writer in 2018. She has self-published ten novels on Amazon’s Kindle platform, which include the Sci-Fi Romance genre, pairing human women with alien heroes, and M/M Romances.





‘What We Say When We Say Nothing – Eliding Sex in Fiction’
Vijay Khurana

Vijay Khurana is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He was recently longlisted for the Galley Beggar Press short story prize and his project ‘A Little Death’, featuring parodies of James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ in the styles of other writers, is forthcoming on creative criticism site The Bee. His children’s chapter book, Regal Beagle, was published in 2014.

Session 2
11.15 – 12.45
What We Write About When We Write About Sex

A panel of contemporary writers to present on their experiences of writing sex: discussing their approaches and considerations; the cultural and critical reception of their work; representations of desire, gender and sexuality, and questions of what is at stake when we write about sex.

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Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall is the author of the novels Haweswater, which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award, and a Lakeland Book of the Year prize, The Electric Michelangelo, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, The Carhullan Army, which was listed as one of The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade,  How To Paint A Dead Man, which won the Portico Prize for Fiction 2010, and The Wolf Border, which was shortlisted for The Southbank Sky Arts Awards and the James Tate Memorial Black prize, and won the 2015 Cumbria Life Culture Awards 'Writer of the Year' prize. Her first collection of short stories, titled The Beautiful Indifference won the Edge Hill short story prize, and her second collection, Madame Zero, was published in 2017. The lead story, Mrs Fox, won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013. 

Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home. Nominated two-years running for the John C. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a winner of the Firecracker Award, they produce fiction that embraces alterity via queerness, disability, and Blackness. In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honour List and in numerous best-of-the-year lists, including in the Guardian, Solomon's debut novel AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, a Tiptree, and a Locus Award. Their second book, THE DEEP, a project based on a song of the same title by Daveed Diggs-fronted experimental hip-hop group clipping, is forthcoming November 2019. Rivers received their BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.


Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer of novels, essays, a memoir and literary journalism. Her novels have been translated into five languages and shortlisted for several major awards. With the Kisses of His Mouth and The Tryst are works which examine female sexuality and desire. She is a Lecturer on the MFA/MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and a tutor at the Norwich Writers Centre. She divides her time between the East end of London, Manchester, and Port of Spain.






Jonathan Kemp

Jonathan Kemp’s debut novel London Triptych (Myriad, 2010) was shortlisted for the inaugural Green Carnation Prize and won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award in 2011. He teaches creative writing at Middlesex University. A story collection, Twentysix was published by Myriad in November 2011. His first book of non-fiction, The Penetrated Male, was published by Punctum Books in 2012, with a second, Homotopia? Gay Identity, Sameness & the Politics of Desire in 2016.

Lunch
12.45 – 13.45  

Session 3
13.45 – 15.15
The Landscape of Sex Writing

A panel of writers, academics and thinkers discuss the landscape of sex-writing. How is writing sex different across forms and in different publishing environments? How can academic institution, teachers and the publishing industry help create a sex-positive and inclusive writing environment?

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Rachel Long

Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity and representation in poetry and the academy. Octavia are housed at the Southbank Centre, London. Rachel’s work has featured in Magma, The London Magazineand Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets Programme and Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire. 



Lucy-Anne Holmes

Lucy-Anne Holmes is an author and activist. Her latest book, Don’t Hold My Head Down, is a memoir about finding feminism through sex. She also founded the successful No More Page 3 campaign and her last novel won the RNA Rom Com of the Year award 2015. 









Rachel Connor

Rachel Connor is an academic, literary critic and writer. She is the author of prize-winning short stories and a novel, Sisterwives. Her debut radio drama The Cloistered Soul was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 as part of the Original British Dramatists series.  She is Course Director of Creative Writing at Leeds Beckett University and has decades of experience of facilitating writing workshops – most recently ‘Writing the Erotic’ with Monique Roffey in London.  She is also a contributor to The Sex Lectures talks in Manchester.

You can find Rachel on Twitter @rachel_novelist and online at www.rachelconnorwriter.com


Pippa Roscoe

After graduating with a MA from Goldsmiths University, Pippa Roscoe spent four years working in TV. She then switched industries to publishing and spent five years as an editor before deciding to follow her own dream of writing and is now published by Mills & Boon.  


Session 4
15.30 – 17.00
Sex Writing Seminars

An additional £7 will get you a place on one of our intimate afternoon writing seminars, led by an industry professional. Here you’ll get the chance to read and discuss set extracts from sex scenes in literature and to try your hand at writing your own. Places for these seminars are limited and are first come, first served and you can buy your tickets here.

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Kate (KR) Moorhead

Kate (KR) Moorhead is a novelist and lecturer in Creative Writing at UEA, where she earned her MA in Prose Fiction in 2007. Her first novel, The First Law of Motion, was published by St Martin's Press in 2009. She is interested in feminist pedagogies in the creative writing classroom, as well as writing intersectional identities.

Kate will lead a 90 minute seminar exploring the purpose of sex: plot and perspective.

Buy a day ticket with seminar access for just £17 here.



Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born British writer of novels, essays, a memoir and literary journalism. Her novels have been translated into five languages and shortlisted for several major awards and, in 2013, Archipelago won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature. With the Kisses of His Mouth and The Tryst are works which examine female sexuality and desire.

Monique will lead a 90 minute seminar entitled ‘Cat Person, Why it’s so Good.’ You’ll discuss Kristen Roupenian’s Cat Person, explore what made this story such a viral sensation, and learn how to employ those techniques in your own work and do some writing exercises to boot!

Buy a day ticket with seminar access for just £17 here.


V.C. Lancaster

Vanessa Chainey is a queer feminist Romance author under the pen-name V.C. Lancaster. After graduating from UEA with a BA in American Studies she went on to self-publish her first book in 2015, and became a full-time writer in 2018. She has self-published ten novels on Amazon’s Kindle platform, which include the Sci-Fi Romance genre, pairing human women with alien heroes, and M/M Romances.

Vanessa will lead a 90 minute seminar called ‘How to Write a Good Bad Sex Scene?’ Romance is fantasy, but no one fantasises about bad sex, so how do you write a scene without a climax? From first-times to last-times to just-this-times, Romance novels are full of awkward wedding nights, business-like baby-making, and sex in exchange. This seminar uses examples and simple exercises to teach you everything you need to know about the Dos and Don'ts of making bad sex the beginning of Happily Ever After.

Rachel Long

Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Womxn of Colour. Octavia was founded in response to the lack of inclusivity and representation in poetry and the academy. Octavia are housed at the Southbank Centre, London. Rachel’s work has featured in Magma, The London Magazineand Filigree: An Anthology of Contemporary Black British Poetry. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets Programme and Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire. 

Rachel will lead a 90 minute seminar called 'The Sex Dream - A Writing Workshop.' Sex dreams can induce excitement, surprise, guilt, despair; all good things for great writing. In this workshop we will explore and utilize their unique intimacy, urgency and metaphoric possibility, creating new pathways for our writing by embracing the kink, strangeness and daring of the sex dream. We’ll read and write inspired by the writings of Lydia Davis, Kim Addonizio, Caroline Bird, Kathryn Maris and Morgan Parker.

Show Me Yours
19.00 - Late
A very special, sex themed UEA LIVE

For the past five years, the National Centre for Writing (formerly Writers’ Centre Norwich) has co-organised, hosted and promoted UEA Live. This free public literature event provides the opportunity for UEA students to read their work to a live audience alongside established writers. It takes place every month in Norwich and routinely attracts upwards of 100 guests including UEA students, staff and the wider public.

Previous headline authors include Will Boast, Emma Healey, Juliet Jacques, Megan Bradbury, KJ Orr and Joanna Walsh.

I’ll Show You Mine will close with a special sex themed UEA LIVE which will be free to attend. All welcome.

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