Write Better Sex Poems (with Lucas Crawford)

June 3 – 24, 7 – 9pm >>

Write Better Sex Poems will help you write better sex poems! We will push the boundaries of what counts as a “sex poem,” look to compelling examples across eras and styles, do writing exercises together, review each other’s at-home assignments, and brainstorm endless synonyms for body parts and fluids. Sex poems can be any or all (or none) of the following: playful, disturbing, sad, funny, political, confusing, complex, touching, messy, risky, controversial, kinky, vanilla, graphic, subtle, challenging, emotional, acerbic, shy, matter-of-fact, brazen, horny, or bored. Writers will be welcome to use a variety of poetic forms and styles, and to approach the topic in ways that resonate with their own interests. No experience is necessary (in poetry or sex).

Warning: writing better sex poems may or may not lead to having better sex.


Lucas Crawford is the author of three books of poetry. Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Publishing, 2015), his first book, was awarded the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Belated Bris of the Brainsick (Nightwood Editions, 2019), his third book, addresses queer mental health by way of poems about ancestry, food, gender, struggle, and connection. It was awarded the 2020 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award. Lucas guest-edited Matrix magazine’s “Trans Lit” in 2016, during which time he was also the Critic-in-Residence for CWILA.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Dates of 4-week workshop: Thursdays, June 3 + June 10 + June 17 + June 24 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Price: $214 (incl. 1-year WFNS membership for 2021)

Member Price: $149

Please note that the “Write Better Sex Poems” workshop will, necessarily, include frank discussions of sexuality and sexualities. As with all WFNS events, we strive to ensure an inclusive workshop space where all feel welcome. To this end, participants will be asked not to use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language; participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

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