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Rachel Kramer Bussel will help you find your inner 50 shades.
Rachel Kramer Bussel will help you find your inner 50 shades.

Polish your dirty words in Erotica 101

Erotica writer extraordinaire Rachel Kramer Bussel returns to The Tool Shed, 2427 N.Murray Ave., to teach an Erotica Writing 101 workshop on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. The cost is $20.

Bussel is a long-standing editor for Cleis Press, America's largest independent queer press, as well as the editor of more than 50 erotica anthologies. She has also written numerous books in the genre including "The Big Book Of Orgasms" and formerly penned a "Lusty Lady" column for the Village Voice.

During the workshop, Bussel will provide an overview of modern erotic writing. The goal is to "jump start" people into writing erotica by finding their voice and learning how to incorporate everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies into their writing. She’ll also talk about where and how to submit work and make money on it.

Paper and writing implements will be provided or bring a laptop.

"We're really excited to offer this class in the wake of the ‘50 Shades Of Grey’ phenomenon and all of the changes is has brought to the market," says Tool Shed’s Lucky Tomaszek.

Feeling a little bashful about putting fantasies into words? No worries.

"People can write erotica just for themselves or their partners or write under a pseudonym," says Bussel. "The fun part of it is just letting your mind go."

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