Writing explicit material can serve a multitude of purposes. Erotic writers have used it to chronicle their sexual adventures while others have seen their relationships transformed through expressing their hidden desires in a playful way. Anne Philpott and The Pleasure Project have run 'Share Your Fantasy' workshops [India, UK] as a way to increase access to safe pleasure and expansion of the global fantasipedia.
Purpose of Session: Using careful exercises I will encourage people to start writing erotically, freeing their inner fantasist and ultimately increase the global fantasy bank. No previous experience needed and people should leave with more confidence and a new fantasy. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favourite piece of erotica with them.
We will either start writing erotica or polish our existing writing. We will show how to use humour, language and basic storytelling techniques to enhance their erotic writing skills. We will read some of our own writing. We encourage attendees to bring their favourite piece of erotica with them to share with others. No previous experience needed and we hope people will leave with more confidence and a new fantasy. Last year at The Summer House Weekend some of us read our fantasies at the closing ceremony.
Duration: 60 mins
Annie is a, public health professional, pleasure propagandist and guerrilla girl of HIV prevention. She founded ’The Pleasure Project’, widely recognised as leading global organisation putting the sexy into safer sex in 2004, because she was frustrated that ‘sex education is rarely sexy and erotica is rarely safe’. The Pleasure Project builds a community of creative practice promoting pleasure in sexuality education and 'Share Your Fantasy' salons, these have run in India, at SummerHouse and elsewhere, and encourage people to share fantasies in the pursuit of good safe sex.
Annie is a lover of erotica who has run sex education programmes in the UK, South Africa, India, Thailand amongst other places. She has qualifications in international public health and psychology and has published widely in health journals ( most recently in The Journal of Porn Studies) and erotic magazines, on the importance of blurring the boundaries of pleasure and public health. Annie had regularly wowed the crowds at the International AIDS conferences with a stunningly sexy female condom demo.
The Pleasure Project has created a new category of visual content; explicit sex education that turns people on and porn that educates. She will die a happy woman when pleasure education is seen as an essential element of decent sex education and HIV prevention programmes. And Porn film makers eroticise Condom use.