“Simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature.” ~Susie Bright
For over 25 years Cecilia Tan has been writing erotic fiction and promoting BDSM community activism. RT Magazine awarded her Career Achievement in Erotic Romance in 2015 and their prestigious Pioneer Award for her erotic writing and publishing career.
Tan’s BDSM romance novel Slow Surrender (Hachette/Forever, 2013) also won the RT Reviewers Choice Award in Erotic Romance and the Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia Romance Writers chapter of RWA. She also has a stack of leather and BDSM community awards, including the Pantheon of Leather President’s Award, the NLA: International Lifetime Achievement Award and the NLA Woman of the Year.
Not only is she the founder of Circlet Press: Erotica For Geeks, Tan is the author of many books, including the ground-breaking erotic short story collections Black Feathers (HarperCollins), White Flames (Running Press), and Edge Plays (Circlet Press), and the erotic BDSM romance series Secrets of a Rockstar and the Struck by Lightning series (Hachette/Forever), The Prince’s Boy (Circlet Press), The Hot Streak (Riverdale Avenue Books), and the Magic University series (Riverdale Avenue Books). Her short stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and tons of other places.
She lives in the Boston area with her lifelong partner Corwin and three cats. Find out more at her website (below) or sign up to receive her personal newsletter via email.Website
Appropriation versus Diversity: Beating the Double-edged Sword
One of the adages fed to writing students everywhere is “write what you know.”
But anyone who writes only about themselves is likely to be accused of lacking in diversity and needing to represent under-represented voices/characters more. Write about anyone other than yourself, though, and you risk being accused of appropriation.
How do you get around this double-edged sword? And how do you keep this struggle from empowering your internal censor to the point where you are too paralyzed to write anything at all? Politically progressive, inclusive voices are too important to be silenced by fear! Come get empowered to find your inner voice and tell the stories that need to be told.
Cosplay as Roleplay
Chances are if you’ve participated in any kind of BDSM play, you’ve played a bit with roles, even if the roles are as basic as “master” and “slave.” How do you level up to something more complicated or dramatic, and why would you want to?
In this class we’ll talk about using the techniques of improvisational acting to add drama to roleplay scenes and make them run smoothly. Roleplay is a powerful relationship tool because it bonds our imaginations together and creates an incredible sense of shared experience. Whether you want to see what would really happen if Catwoman captured the Batman, or you want to do a doctor/patient scene to jazz up using all the medical toys you bought, we have tips for you!
Queering Harry Potter
When J.K. Rowling announced to the world after the publication of the final book of the Harry Potter series that Dumbledore was gay, was she secretly inviting us all to look for what other “obvious but unspoken” queer characters and relationships were sitting there among the pages?
We will discuss the ample evidence for the queerness of other characters in the series, and tackle such questions as “is Ginny Weasley a beard?”
Tarot as Storytelling
In this class we will explore the Tarot as a writing tool, as a method for divining what lies within. No prior knowledge of the Tarot is necessary for this class, though those experienced with the cards will also find plenty to engage them here.
All storytellers, bards, and writers are welcome to learn the so-called magic behind using the archetypes in the Tarot as a means to channel character, plot, conflict, resolution, and theme.
Please bring a deck if you have a favorite.
Wizarding Sex Ed
(A Harry-Potter-themed icebreaker event.)
Calling all witches, wizards, and Hogwarts alumni of all genders! It’s very important before you attempt to enter the premises of the Geeky Kink Event that you attend this important Ministry-approved orientation seminar on erotic magic.
We’ll be teaching you a specific list of sex-related spells and techniques that should ONLY be practiced on other magical people, as well as orienting you to important Muggle knowledge such as the fact that they have wands, too! (Yes they seem to be of either only one specific color–purple?–or to have come from Japanese wandmaker Hitachi.)
No potions allowed.
Please bring your wands (or a practice wand will be issued to you) and be ready to use it.