Writing Inclusive and Emotional Sex Scenes Webinar

Writing Inclusive and Emotional Sex Scenes

When: March 17th, 2024 – 9AM – 4PM Pacific – (convert to your time zone)
Can’t make the live webinar? Register to get the recording after
Where: Online — Zoom Classroom
Price: $100 – $150
Scholarships Are Available!

Writing emotionally charged, sexually explicit scenes in fiction can be challenging no matter what genre you write. This webinar will provide a deep dive into writing inclusive sex scenes that are true to your characters and are memorable for your readers.

EDSE certified sex educator and author Thien-Kim Lam will walk students through the elements of a sex scene, creating chemistry using sensory details, exploring emotional arcs during love scenes, accessibility considerations when crafting these intimate moments, and much more.

This is a live webinar with a combination of lectures, discussion, and generative writing exercises. There will be discussion about the writing exercise but you will not be sharing your work in class.

The webinar will be from 9 AM – 4 PM Pacific, with multiple brief breaks as needed and one longer meal break.

Who Should Take This Webinar?

Writers of all adult book genres— Literary, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Erotica — and all mediums where there are sex scenes— Prose, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Comics/Graphic Novels, Games — at any point in their career from newbie to professional. This webinar is designed so that any writer who wants to write inclusive love scenes well and create characters who aren’t caricatures will find it beneficial.

Registration Options and Recording

Live Webinar Registration is $150 for attendees. If you cannot attend the class during the live webinar, please choose Video Only Registration to get a recording of the class afterward. You’ll get all the resources, the lectures, and answers to questions asked during the live class. The fee for this registration is $100.

We use Zoom’s internal cloud recording tool to will record this webinar. All students who register will get a copy of this recording. If you can’t make the live webinar, you can register to get the recording afterwards.

This is a raw recording, meaning you’ll see the full webinar, including lectures, exercises, and questions from students in attendance. The recording will not be chapter marked or edited.

The video will be available for all students to download for a month after we send the link.

Assigned Viewings

Please watch the following videos before the webinar begins.


Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. Questions will be submitted via the chat function.

Live closed captions will be available, auto-generated by Rev.com. The final version of the recorded webinar will have auto-generated closed captions available. Note: the accuracy of these captions varies, and for live webinars we do not edit them.

Technical Requirements

Zoom video conferencing works on computers, tablets, and most smartphones. We suggest you access the live webinar via a computer for the best experience. Before enrolling in class, make sure your computer or mobile device is compatible with Zoom. Before class, load the app on your system and join this test meeting.

A webcam/video camera is not necessary for class because students won’t be on video. The Q&A will be text-only. You can call in via phone if audio isn’t working through your computer.

Scholarship Opportunities

We have full and partial Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarships available for this webinar. If you do not have the financial means to pay for all or part of the registration cost, we encourage you to apply. We have a broad definition of financial need that ranges from writers who do not have the money at all to writers who have the funds but can’t afford to use them for a writing class.

We especially encourage writers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply. Wherever you exist on the financial needs spectrum, don’t self reject! (Still not sure whether you should apply? Read this post.)

Our scholarships are available to any writer regardless of background or identity. We set aside a portion of scholarships specifically for students who identify under the POC, BIPOC, or BAME umbrellas as well as for Palestinian writers/writers of Palestinian heritage, though we do not limit the number of scholarships we give to marginalized authors.

If you can afford to pay for part but not all of the registration fee, please apply for a partial scholarship. Under this financial aid plan you can let us know the amount you can afford. If you cannot afford to pay at all, please apply for a full scholarship. 

To apply, please fill out this form by 11:59PM Pacific February 27. You’ll be asked to provide:

  • A brief (300 or fewer words) statement of financial need
  • A brief (500 or fewer words) description of a work or works in progress that you hope the webinar will help you create.
  • If you identify as POC, BIPOC, BAME, or Palestinian, you may indicate that if you wish.

Deadline: 11:59PM Pacific February 27We will notify all applicants of their standing one week before class begins. If you have any questions, please use our contact form to ask!

Refund Policy

We are not offering refunds for this webinar. If you purchase a ticket for the live session and are unable to make it, you will still get access to the recording and resources.

Register Below

If you have a promo or discount code, please choose your registration option first, click Enter Details, then add it to the Discount Code field on the next screen. If you have a code to access hidden tickets (scholarships), click the Access Hidden Tickets link under the registration options. If the whole box below gives you trouble, click here to register on our Humanitix page.