Spring Craft Intensive: Mac Crane


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Beyond Pleasure: What a Sex Scene Can Do with Mac Crane
Sunday, June 2nd
10 AM  – 1 PM PST / 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Are sex scenes really so hard to write, or are we thinking about them the wrong way? What can a sex scene do? How can it achieve psychological complexity on the page? How can it communicate emotional history? How can it move the plot forward? In this generative class, we’ll consider the power of the sex scene, and what it can accomplish in fiction and nonfiction to explore theme, character, context, and beyond. We’ll do this by closely reading examples of sex writing from prose writers and poets alike, including work by James Baldwin, Garth Greenwell, Isle McElroy, Miranda July, Justin Torres, and more, and then doing various prompts using our works-in-progress and/or drafting new work.


The scholarship for this intensive has already been awarded.


BIO: Mac Crane is a writer, basketball player, and sweatpants enthusiast. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Joyland, No Tokens, TriQuarterly, Passages North, Florida Review, Catapult, Lit Hub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. An attendee of the Tin House Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an American Short Fiction Workshop Merit Fellow, they currently live in San Diego with their wife and child. Their debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself, was a January Indie Next Pick and a New York Times Editors’ Choice.