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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Patricia McNair - Is it Hot in Here or Is It Just My Writing? How to Handle Sex on the Page

  • November 29, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL


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Sex is a messy business, and writing about it can be even messier! What words do we use, what words don't we use? How much should we expose? Should we tease? Go all the way? And what will our mothers (husbands, daughters, wives, partners, children, bosses, employees, pastors) think? 

This workshop will explore ways to get it on...the page, that is. Literary models and writing activities will make us laugh a little, blush a little, and be willing to write a lot.

Booklist calls Patricia Ann McNair “an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom.” Her essay collection, And These Are the Good Times, was named as a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, as one of the most thought-provoking books of 2017. Her short story collection, The Temple of Air, received the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award, Southern Illinois University’s Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award. Her work is published widely, in journals,  

 magazines, anthologies, and textbooks on writing. She has received numerous Illinois Arts Council Awards and teaches in the English and Creative Writing Department Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at Columbia College Chicago where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award and was nominated for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of the Year Award. In her past lives, she sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar, managed a gas station, breaded mushrooms, taught aerobics and worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

9-9:30 Socializing 

9:30-12 Program

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