Workshop: Writing the Erotic Short Story

Writing the Erotic Short Story
With Louisa Bacio
April 7th – 28th, 2016
TRACK: Craft
LENGTH: 4 weeks
$25.00 for Non-Members
$22.50 for RWA Members (10% OFF)
$18.75 for Passionate Ink Members (25% OFF)

Erotic on Old Typewriter's Keys.


The market is sizzling for short erotic romance. From box sets to anthologies to standalone novellas, readers ravenously pick them up.

Beginning writers are often told to: “Write the story you want to read, not what someone else might want to see.” This class, instead, deals with catering a short story specifically to a publisher’s request for submissions. Regularly, editors and publishers list upcoming anthologies and the types of stories they’re looking to include.

The course explores current call-outs, and students will be encouraged to write specifically for one submission call and to submit the work at the end of the course. Basic crafting of a short story, such as development, characterization, plot structure & dialogue also will be covered with the main focus on erotic romance. Since most short stories fall within 2,500 to 5,000 words, we’ll also look at ways to making word choice count and address the editing process.

End Goal: Come prepared to write! Student should write at least one new story during the course and actually send it out for submission. We want to see some publication success with this course.

Many previous students have completed their stories, and have been published.


Week 1: Idea to inspiration, Getting started & plotting

Week 2: Characterization and pacing

Week 3: Realistic dialogue and thematic development

Week 4: Critique process, polishing and submissions

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of paranormal and contemporary erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms — from short stories to full-length novels. Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism, and popular culture.

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***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***

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