Stumbling Toward Ecstasy

Andy Warhol once said, “Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets.”

And, yet, for so many writers of both fiction and non-fiction, sex is one of the hardest things to write well. Whether you want to produce hot and literary erotic short stories, add realistic and imaginative sex to your novel, or pen sizzling poems, Stumbling Toward Ecstasy promises to deliver. Using exercises, readings, discussions and critiques, students will learn the elements of language, character, narrative and style that come together to create amazing sex on the page.

Stumbling Toward Ecstasy: Writing, Editing and Selling Your Erotic Fiction
Six-week classes, taught via G+ Hangouts

Has it always been one of your dreams to write erotic fiction? Or perhaps you already write erotica, but aren’t sure if you’re doing it “right.” Or maybe you just want to get better — and start submitting your stories and getting that sought after “Yes!” from publishers and editors.

Stumbling Toward Ecstasy helps beginning and intermediate writers go from “I wanna!” — whether it’s “I wanna’ write” or “I wanna get better” — to “I am!”

During this six-week class, I will provide inspiration and ideas, exercises, suggestions for stretching your boundaries, and tips for improving your stories and your craft. We’ll also look at publication options and opportunities. Because we’ll be walking through erotica writing — starting with ideas and inspirations, progressing through characters and plots, and finalizing with getting those stories written, edited and sent off — you’ll be doing more than just learning. You’ll be accomplishing. Students will leave class with a number of story starts and ideas, half a dozen potential publishers, and at least one finished, ready-to-submit story.

As a student, you will have reading and writing assignments that you will share with the class. You will also turn in a completed piece for comprehensive feedback and critique. For my part, I’ll be offering information and guidance, providing resources, answering your questions and giving you feedback on your pieces (both in terms of craft and in terms of possible publication opportunities).

What Do You Need? You need a desire to write erotic fiction, but you don’t need experience. This class is designed to help you improve no matter what your level of expertise. You also must be able to use G+ Hangouts (Note: You don’t even need a mic or a web camera, although they’re useful. The only real requirement is a G+ account, the internet and some speakers so you can hear us).

How Will You Learn? Classes will be taught via G+. Lesson plans and assignment reminders will be emailed each week. You will receive guided feedback on your work from both myself and from your fellow students. Class will be capped at eight students, to create a class size that allows the most interaction, feedback and personal attention for each of you.

Times: I’m offering two time slots this semester to accommodate schedules. (Note: If you need to miss a class in your session, you might be able to make that class up in the other session, provided there is room that week).

Session 1 SOLD OUT! Wednesday evenings, 5-7pm PST. November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12.

Session 2 (ONE SPOT LEFT!) Saturday mornings, 9-11am PST. November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8. (There is a possibility we will change the class that’s on Thanksgiving weekend to Dec. 15th).

Cost: $200 for the full six-week class.

Questions? Ready to register? Contact me at shanna dot germain at gmail dot com and I’ll send you all the information you need to register!

Still Not Sure? Here’s What Former Students Have Said: 

Shanna was an excellent instructor who provided helpful and constructive criticism.  She was our “cheerleader” each week when our assignments were due and was even excited to read our ramblings!  In 6 short weeks she renewed my faith in my own writing and made me believe that I had the basic building blocks on which to build a successful writing career.  I now know that I have trouble staying in the “present” and LOVE the word feel.  Thank You!
Annika Devaki


I’m a SO glad I took your Sexy On The Page e-course. Not only did it provide a comfortable forum to submit my stories for feedback, but the course gave me the structure I needed to actually sit down and write every week, which is something I had been struggling to do.

The lessons you provided us were creative and fun & the additional information and links you posted were very helpful to me as a writer. I liked that you tailored the lessons to the class based on what you were seeing as our collective strengths & weakness as students. It made me feel like you were really guiding us and providing what we each needed personally as writers instead of just sticking to a random syllabus.

As a new writer, it can be daunting to put your writing out there, especially something like erotica & I imagine doubly so if you’ve never had your writing critiqued before, but you made it a comfortable and nurturing environment which made a world of difference, one where I felt safe sharing & free to take risks with my writing.

Thanks for putting this course together. I look forward to joining the SOTP online community and keeping up with my writing & getting feedback in what I’m sure will be an equally safe & supportive community.

Much thanks & adoration,
Katherine Tucker