Craft on Draft: The Craft of Writing Sex Scenes with Steve Almond, Aube Rey Lescure, Andrea Meyer, and Sara Shukla

Nothing's trickier than writing good sex. Join us as stellar teacher and author Steve Almond walks us through the pitfalls and delights of writing a truly memorable love scene, as he reads from his new craft book, Truth is the Arrow, Mercy is the Bow. Steve will be joined by Andrea Meyer (Room for Love), Sara Shukla (Pink Whales), and Aube Rey Lescure (River East, River West), reading steamy scenes from their own work, followed by no-holds barred discussion moderated by Michelle Hoover (Bottomland), Novel Incubator instructor, about how they wrote them without blushing. 
Consider this your Master Class in writing sex and love scenes that will keep your readers hot and bothered.  
Presented by Craft on Draft, a novel-writing series run by GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator Alumni, GrubStreet, and Porter Square Books. The event is free and open to the public.

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Steve Almond is the author of a dozen books, including the New York Times Bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His work has been published in the Best American Short Stories, the Best American Mysteries, and Best American Erotica—four times. His first novel, Which Brings Me to You was made into a major motion picture starring Lucy Hale. His second novel, All the Secrets of the World, is under development by 20th Century Fox. His new book, Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow is about craft, the struggle to write, and where stories come from. More at:

Michelle Hoover is co-founder and current leader of the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University, a fellow at MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read," a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, and one of Susan Straight's 1001 "Library of America" Novels featured in the L.A. Times. Her second novel, Bottomland, was the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection and a 2016 Mass Book "Must Read." She is a native of Iowa and lives on the island of Cyprus and in Boston.

Andrea Meyer has written pitches for commercial directors, a sex & the movies column for IFC, and a horror movie for MGM. Her first novel, Room for Love (St. Martin’s Press) is based on an article she wrote for the New York Post, for which she pretended to look for a roommate as a ploy to meet men. She completed her second novel—about a marriage reeling from unemployment, house renovations, and infertility sex—in the Novel Incubator. Her articles and essays have appeared in such publications as Elle, Glamour, Variety, Modern Loss, Pangyrus, and the Boston Globe. Andrea teaches fiction and creative non-fiction writing at GrubStreet and recently completed a literary romp about a Cambridge “manny” and the women who throw his life into chaos. She is currently writing a semi-autobiographical novel about a group of teenage party girls in LA in the 80s. 

Aube Rey Lescure is a French-Chinese-American writer. She grew up between Provence, northern China, and Shanghai, and graduated from Yale University in 2015. She worked in foreign policy before becoming an itinerant writer. Aube’s debut novel, River East, River West, is published by William Morrow/HarperCollins. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, LitHub, Electric Literature, The Millions. WBUR, The Florida Review Online, Litro, and more. Her essay “At the Bend of the Road” was selected for Best American Essays 2022.

Sara Shukla is an editor for WBUR’s Cognoscenti and a graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator. You can find her writing at WBUR as well as the Los Angeles Review of Books, McSweeneys, and elsewhere. An alum of the University of Virginia, she lives in Massachusetts with her family. Her debut novel, Pink Whales, is forthcoming from Little A in June, 2024.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Cambridge, MA 02140

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River East, River West: A Novel By Aube Rey Lescure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063257856
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Published: William Morrow - January 9th, 2024

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Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow: A DIY Manual for the Construction of Stories By Steve Almond Cover Image
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Published: Zando - April 9th, 2024

Room for Love: A Novel By Andrea Meyer Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 4th, 2007

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ISBN: 9781662514869
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Published: Little a - June 4th, 2024

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ISBN: 9780802124715
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - March 1st, 2016


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