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Masterclass: Erotica in Short Fiction with Leone Ross – 11th September 2021

Learn to take the craft of erotica in short fiction seriously…and begin to write sex gloriously. Sign up here!

Please be mindful when booking. This is a workshop for Black writers and writers of colour based in Scotland (or for people who, pre-COVID, would have normally been resident in Scotland).


Join Leone Ross for this 3-hour, online masterclass!


Erotic writing has always had a bad rap. People get embarrassed. The so-called ‘learned’ underestimate the skill it takes to do it well. Some equate erotica to pornography, and in so doing, dismiss it all. Maybe it’s because so much of it is written badly: clumsy, cliched language; contrived plots; writers who don’t know their subject matter; a lack of authenticity. Perhaps we are ashamed, a little bit scared, a little bit too giggly.

I want to help you to take this craft seriously…and to begin to write sex gloriously.

  • Includes mini-lectures – tips, techniques & pitfalls; how to write sex well
  • Provides writing exercises, discussion and feedback 

This is a 3-hour masterclass, including a 20-minute comfort break and a short Q&A session towards the end.

Essential items include: access to the internet, a working camera and mic, and pen and paper

The Details

    • There is a max of 20 spaces.
    • This masterclass will be hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent to participants closer to the event date).
    • There are two types of tickets: Free tickets for writers on low-income and Pay What You Can (Suggested £5+).  
    • Our free events are very popular and have a waitlist. If you have registered for a ticket but then are unable to attend please do let us know so we can offer it to another person on the waitlist. Thank you!
    • If you have any accessibility needs or requirements, please do let us know by writing in at at the earliest and we shall do our best to meet your requirements.
    • All SBWN events will adhere to our safer spaces policy. You can learn more about our policy here.
Access & Tech

Before participating in this online event, please note the following:

  • To participate you will need an internet/wi-fi connection, a desktop or mobile device to join by audio and/or video and writing materials/device.
  • Events are hosted online using Zoom (instructions will be sent 2 days before each event or can be accessed via the Eventbrite Online Event page).
  • Automatic live captions and transcripts are provided via Please add your access requirements during registration (for example BSL/in-person captioner) and we’ll do our best to provide.
  • You can also email any access requirements to us:

About Leone

Leone Ross was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. Her first novel, All the Blood Is Red, was longlisted for the Orange Prize, and her second novel, Orange Laughter, was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Watershed Fiction favourite. Her short fiction has been widely anthologised and her first short-story collection, the 2017 Come Let Us Sing Anyway was nominated for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and the OCM BOCAS Prize. Ross taught creative writing for twenty years, at University College Dublin, Cardiff University and Roehampton University in London. She is editor of Glimpse, the first Black British anthology of speculative fiction, due out in 2022 with Peepal Tree Press. Prior to writing fiction, Ross worked as a journalist. Leone Ross lives in London but intends to retire near water.

Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @leone.ross


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