Classes & Conversations

Pursuing the New Erotic

April 27, 2019, 1 - 3pm
@ The Morean Arts Center in St. Pete, FL
Hosted by Keep St. Pete Lit. RSVP here

What is erotic writing? Some people hate the term, it is too flowery or over-the-top. But really, what is it, or what could it be? Is it Harlequin romance? 50 Shades of Grey? Good ole Anais Nin and Henry Miller? An Austere Lorde treatise? Is it a tongue-in-cheek arthouse screenplay like Deep Throat? What is it, especially now, in 2019, post- Womens March and #MeToo, the legalization of gay marriage and the fight for the recognition or trans folx and folx outside the gender binary? Come and enjoy the recent Best Women's Erotica of the Year series by Rachel Kramer Bussell (of the Village Voice). We'll consider the new bestselling erotic choose-your-own-adventure novel, Night Shift, by porn star Joanna Angel, set right here in South Florida. There is much to prompt us in the new anthology, All We Know of Pleasure, edited by University of Tampas Enid Shomer. Let's delve into Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson. Look into these works with instructor Amber DiPietra and more as we explore what erotic writing can be be. Whether you're just edu-titilated by the subject; you want to publish fiction, poetry or personal essays dealing with sex and sensuality; or you simply want to open your private journaling practice to the erotic for life transformation.










Writing as BodyWork Class

Saturday, October 20th with Keep St. Pete Lit! 
1--3pm at the Morean Arts Center in St. Pete
What kind of reading and writing makes you more aware of your own body’s story--the very visceral story of your blood and guts, your sensory awareness? How can we create new forms in our writing, art, or life by bringing our body into the process and, reflexively, letting the process of creating enliven our bodies? In this group experiment, lead by Amber DiPietra, we’ll feel our way through these questions by reading poems and passages from fiction, essay, and memoir. We’ll also do some guided meditation, breathwork, and simple exercises taken from healing arts modalities like massage, yoga, and contact improv dance. Bring a yoga mat or a beach blanket (depending on preference), wear workout clothes or comfy loungewear and comfy shoes, bring a couple extra pillows and blankets if you are the type to get cold.


Body/Bawdy Women/Female -Identified Reading Group


Monthly at Amber's live-work downtown St. Pete space. Go to Facebook for deets or email me.



Writing as Body Work (POSTPONED due to Hurricane Irma)


Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The Morean Arts Center. 1 - 3pm. 719 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL. Thanks to Keep St. Pete Lit!


How have traumatic, chronic, or peak physical experiences shaped the language of your thoughts? How do you look in your mind’s eye and how does that form the story of your everyday perceptions? What kind of reading and writing makes you more aware of your own body’s story--the very visceral story of your blood and guts, your sensory awareness? How can we create new forms in our writing, art, or life by bringing our body into the process and, reflexively, letting the process of creating enliven our bodies? In this group experiment, lead by Amber DiPietra,, we’ll feel our way through these questions by reading poems and passages from fiction, essay, and memoir. We’ll also do some guided meditation, breathwork, and simple exercises taken from healing arts modalities like massage, yoga, and contact improv dance. Bring a yoga mat or a beach blanket (depending on preference), wear workout clothes or comfy loungewear and comfy shoes, bring a couple extra pillows and blankets if you are the type to get cold.

Creative Writing & Intimacy
Saturday, April 22, 2017. The Morean Arts Center. 1 - 3pm. 719 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL. Thanks to Keep St. Pete Lit!
 
Does one’s capacity for intimacy make one a better writer? How do the literary arts help us to become more intimate with self and other, to bridge body and mind? Intimacy can take many forms: sensual, sexual, familial, platonic; it can be between lovers, friends, spouses, parents and children, business partners, artistic collaborators. How do we give words to forms of intimacy when these experiences run so close to the heart and bone?Maybe most importantly, intimacy exists between yourself and your own body, your awareness of the way you inhabit space. How does that awareness, or lack of awareness, play into your creativity? In this workshop, we will explore these questions through writing experiments and body work (guided meditation, sensory awareness exercises, breathing techniques).  We will read poems and excerpts from Audre Lorde, Anne Carson, Anais Nin, Italo Calvino and others. We will also watch some clips of performance artists like Marina Abramovic. Please note: while this is not a class specifically about sex writing, frank discussions may occur.

There are other wonderful classes through keep St. Pete Lit year-round. Check them out here.