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Undressing the Secrets to Writing About the Erotic in Poetry with John Olivares Espinoza

February 4, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST


Saturdays, February 4 & 11, 10am-12pm, CST, hybrid (via Zoom and in-person)
Instructor: John Olivares Espinoza
Nonmember: $140; Member: $120; Student/Vet/Mil $75



Would you like to have a sexy poem for that special someone by Valentine’s Day? Or maybe you’d like to gift it to yourself?

This course will focus on how to write poetry about love, eroticism, and sex without crossing into cheesy, hackneyed, and pornographic red zones. Through examination of poetry ranging from ancient Greece to the best contemporary pieces, we will study techniques poets use to create erotic imagery with skill and taste—without leaving out the spice– and use these tools to generate an original poem. Participants will receive constructive critique on their poems focused on how to apply and reinforce the techniques studied to capture love, desire, heartbreak, or sex in an exciting and fresh way. 

The takeaways from this course:

  • Experience breaking apart poems in order to collect techniques, strategies, and moves to use in your own work
  • A selection of writing prompts to continue your momentum after the course
  • A fully developed poem by Valentine’s Day

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed for writers of all skill levels. Prose writers are welcome. Given the nature of the subject matter and language used, we suggest this workshop for participants 18 years or older.

Get to know John ahead of his class at his Writer’s Desk.

John Olivares Espinoza has degrees in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside (BA) and Arizona State University (MFA). His poetry collection, The Date Fruit Elegies, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. Other honors include a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, a Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and first prize in the Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Contest. John’s poetry has appeared in Air/Light Magazine, Alta Journal, American Poetry Review, New Letters, ZYZZYVA, and various anthologies. Follow Espinoza on Twitter @JohnEspinoza, and Instagram @thepoetjohnespinoza.

Parking at Gemini Ink

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February 4, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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