Sexuality writing retreat in the Upper Midwest, July 25-27!

Once more with feeling – Sexuality writing reatreat in the Upper Midwest, July 25-27!

I get to go back to the Upper Midwest at the end of this month, and write with some of the fantastic folks I met when I was out in Minn. for the Body Heat tour — please join us if you can, and spread the word!
Sexuality and Writing Workshop
For Self-identified Women and Trans People
Facilitated by Jen Cross and Susan Miranda

Friday, July 25 –Sunday, July 27, 2008
Cost: 275.00
To register or with questions: write miranda_susan(at)!

This workshop will be a first time ever combining of the work of Jen Cross and Susan Miranda. Jen will facilitate the writing portions of the workshop. Susan will facilitate the conversations on the topics of intimacy, body, touch, sexuality, love and relationships.

Why a sexuality/writing retreat?
Transform your relationship with your sexuality, with your writing—and with yourself!

– You may be a writer who feels timid about describing sex and sexuality in your work, and want a place to explore sexual expression.
– Maybe you have particular erotic desires that you’d like to play out on the page before playing them out in person.
– You may simply enjoy writing about sex and desire!

We believe that much of our sexuality and erotics are manifested through our language. In this AWA-method sexuality/writing writing retreat, join with other writers as we wrap ourselves in the language of longing, celebrating the complex textures of sensuality.

Spend the weekend delving into the interweaving of desire: memory, fantasy, relationship with the body, spirituality, and so on. The exercises are playful, thought-provoking, and inspiring, designed to leave you more confident with sexual language, erotic expression, and your own writing practice.

The goal of the conversations about sexuality, touch, intimacy, love and relationships is to honor the entire body and our whole selves. Through these conversations, the workshop experience and cabin setting, our hope is to facilitate understanding of our connection with self, the body and with other individuals.

You’ll end the weekend with:
– a rich body of new creative writing;
– feedback from your peers about what’s already strong in your new writing;
– and engaged connection with a new community!

Setting for this workshop: This workshop will be held in a small cabin in a wooded area near a river in Wisconsin 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. We’ll provide meals and snacks Friday evening, throughout Saturday and on Sunday morning. A sauna will be available to the group the entire weekend and will be optional. The workshop will start 7 p.m. Friday and go until 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Sliding scale may be available; Spaces are limited and beginning to fill! Please contact us with any questions or to register: miranda_susan(at)

About the facilitators:
Jen is an extensively-anthologized writer, whose work appears in more than 20 anthologies and webzines (some as Jen Collins), including Best Sex Writing 2008, Best Women’s Erotica 2007, Best Fetish Erotica, Best Bisexual Women’s Erotica, Nobody Passes, and many more. Jen received her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College (where she studied the healing uses of erotic writing), has led erotic writing workshops since 2002, and is a firm believer in the transformative power of smut. To learn more, visit

Susan has an M.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in women’s sexuality. She has studied experiential forms of body and sexuality education including Body-Mind Centering™, and Ancient Hawaiian Bodywork or Lomi Lomi massage. Since 1989, Susan has taught seminars such as “Unlearning Homophobia, Biphobia and Sexphobia” and on various sexual healing and sacred touch topics. In the past, she has worked as a pelvic model/patient instructor for the medical community and a reproductive health counselor at a women’s health clinic. Currently, she works as a caregiver for people with AIDS.

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