Get Fresh in ’15 Presents…

Session Spotlight: Not Another Sex Scene

This session will run on Saturday 22nd of August at 2:00PM as part of the Emerging/Established Stream.

Like any other scene a sex scene must serve the story, contain elements of conflict and enhance our understanding of character. This workshop offers a range of approaches to help make it easier to write fabulous sex scenes and expand your repertoire of writing skills.

Your Presenters – Anne Gracie and Kelly Hunter


Anne Gracie:

Anne Gracie started writing her first story while backpacking solo around the world. Hooked on historicals from an early age by reading the novels of Georgette Heyer, she now writes full-time. Published by Berkley USA and Penguin Australia, Anne is a nationally bestselling author in the USA, a five-time RITA finalist and twice winner of the R*BY. Her books have been translated into more than sixteen languages, and include Japanese manga editions, which she thinks is very cool. She is a former president and lifetime member of RWA.

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Kelly Hunter:

Accidentally educated in the sciences, Kelly Hunter didn’t think to start writing romances until she was surrounded by the jungles of Malaysia for a year and didn’t have anything to read. Eventually she decided that writing romance suited her far better than throwing sterile screw-worm flies out of airplane windows, and changed careers. Kelly is a USA Today bestselling author, a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist, won a R*BY this year and loves writing to the short contemporary romance form. Publishers Weekly lists one of her novellas in their Top 20 books of 2014.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Kelly Hunter: Romance writer, mother of boys, cows optional, laughter essential.

Anne Gracie: Reader. Writer. Procrastinator. Messy. Frivolous. Dreamer.

What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference? 

We gave a similar workshop in 2011 at the Romance writers of America conference and had a lot of fun with it. And since collectively we’ve written another 40 or so sex scenes since then, and the urge to knit instead has not lessened, we figured we’d revisit the topic. More dread! More tips and trickery when it comes to getting on with it.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you (Kelly)?

I love catching up with people I see only once a year but am often in contact with online. There’s writing craft to learn, industry news to collect, celebration of achievements and so many get-together opportunities. I’m not hugely gregarious, but come conference time I make an exception.

What will participants take away from this session?

We discuss ways to approach writing sex scenes so that no matter how many you might write in a month/year/decade they stay fresh, compelling and relevant to the story you’re telling.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

Yes. The mind boggles. Though we’ll not be asking you to write a sex scene during the session.  Or acting one out. Probably.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?

Kelly: I’ve a Harlequin Sexy story coming out in April called The Spy Who Tamed Me. Jared West has finally come home – body bruised and soul weary but never defeated. And then he meets the woman sent to break him. Good times.

Anne: My most recent book, The Spring Bride, is out in June 2015.  Beautiful Jane Chance is set on a safe, sensible marriage, until she meets the ugliest dog in London and a rogue who, though devastatingly attractive, is all kinds of unsuitable. I also have a Christmas novella coming out in an anthology in December with Mary Jo Putney and others. More info can be found on my website:

Social media links – Anne Gracie



Twitter:  @annegracie

Social media links – Kelly Hunter


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Twitter: @kellyhunterova

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