Freeing Your Erotic Self in Poetry or Prose with Myna Wallin

Saturday, April 16, 2011
12-5 p.m.
Tightrope Books Office (602 Markham Street, Toronto)

“I want to know them well, intimately. I have to be able to describe them.”
~The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume One

Do you feel self-conscious when you are writing sex scenes in novels? Does your love poetry lack lust(re)? The goal of this course is to find a vocabulary for the erotic self; writers will explore ways of describing their characters’ lives fully and unselfconsciously, to enhance the story or poem at hand. Exploring your sensual self can be exciting, freeing. How much is too much sex; how much is not enough? By incorporating just the right amount of eroticism into your writing you will add a level of depth and authenticity to your writing.

In a relaxed, open, and accepting environment, we will discuss how to loosen inhibitions on paper and will do so with various writing exercises meant to free the sensual writer within. We will look at other writers’ techniques and language and explore the variety of ways male and female writers express passion in their fiction and poetry. Whether you are a novice or published writer, your work will undoubtedly benefit from this playful, exploratory class.

Myna WallinMYNA WALLIN is an author and editor living in Toronto. She has a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto and has taught Effective Writing at George Brown College. Her first collection of poetry, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published by Tightrope Books in 2006. Myna’s first novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar was published by Tightrope Books in 2010. Both her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Contemporary Verse 2, Descant, Existere, Literary Review of Canada, Matrix Magazine, Rampike, and Taddle Creek. She received an Honourable Mention in the 2010 Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem and an Honourable Mention in the 2009 Contemporary Verse 2, 2-Day Poem Contest. This month Myna’s poem, “The Self as Both Object and Subject” was shortlisted a second year in a row for Descant’s 2011 Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem.

Praise for A Thousand Profane Pieces:
“Wallin’s book is exhilarating: a dollop of sugar-coated acid. Its subtitle should be, Love and the Older, Single Woman: The persona has been hurt, has snapped back, but vows her vulnerability . . . The tone? Ms. Sylvia Plath Atwood: Satire and Cynicism for the Discriminating Reader. Wallin’s wit exudes wisdom and wrath. Perfect.” —George Elliott Clarke

Praise for Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar:
“She takes the ups and downs of her relationship in stride, and while you’ll never drag the ending out of me, let’s just say that her optimism keeps this character afloat. As for the reader, the book not only offers the reading equivalent of a good night out, but a warm character who is not only willing to invite you into her world but also to share all its juiciest details.”—Sue Bowness