Black Lace Erotic Writing Workshop
Attending were a lively, engaged bunch of people, primarily women, all eager to learn more about erotic fiction, writing and publishing. I learned things too. I learned, for example, that JCB is a slang term for cock (his digger). I’ve been unable to verify this via Google so am left wondering if the term is specific to a certain few women who were sitting in the front row (you know who you are!).
The event was live tweeted under the hashtag #bleroticwriting with followers joining in discussions, such as “Is ‘folds’ an acceptable word for her nethers?” I said yes! I regard ‘folds’ as a fairly innocuous word that’s barely noticed in the flow of sexy writing but I appear to have been outvoted.
Gillian and Sheila provided some great insights into the wider world of publishing and market trends, and had no qualms about calling out saucy words in our language of lust exercise. Inevitably, we talked about Fifty Shades. Our audience had a mixed reaction to the book. I got the impression there was a real hunger to discover other erotica writers.
The event, like all the best parties, combined slick organisation with a welcoming informality. The BL team were marvelous and I must thank whoever I stole the above two photos from for this post!
At the end, I signed books amid a flurry of chatter, and glowed to hear people say how inspired they felt. For me, that was a mark of the evening’s success. To be part of a panel inspiring people to get creative and write is a real honour.
I can’t wait to do it again.