Sex Writing: 50 Shades better

Seduce your friends and impress your enemies with your knowledge of erotic literature, & be inspired to write your own!
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

Whether you loved 50 Shades or Grey or hated it, its popularity has sparked a new interest in sex writing. This course provides an overview of 10 must-read classic works of erotic literature to read in addition to/instead of what's popular right now. From the Kama Sutra to some surprising fairy takes (by a surprising author), you'll find out which books best suit your tastes, and why they are important. The course includes a mini-lesson for those who want to write and/or get paid for writing their own sexy stories…either truth or fiction.

There will be no torn bodices or heaving bosoms here – this is a serious course about serious literature about human sexuality throughout history. But you do get to read the dirty bits.

By the time you complete this course, you'll be able to impress your enemies and seduce your friends with some of the sexiest lines in literature. You'll be able to explain the difference between pornography and erotica to anyone, even your mom. And you'll know what current erotic writing markets are looking for, and where to submit your own sexy stories and poems.

If you're curious about the course (and I know you are), check out some of the free preview lessons. Then get ready to go all the way, and enroll in the course now!

Satisfaction guaranteed.

What are the requirements?

  • Be warned: this course may hold the record among all Udemy courses for containing the greatest amount of profanity.
  • It's all very professional.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Seduce, impress, or embarrass others with some of the sexiest lines in literature.
  • Spice up your own romantic life with a little classic inspiration.
  • Write and submit your own erotic work to publishers.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is ideal for those who enjoy reading about sex, and who want to write and publish their own sex writing.
  • The course is also ideal for people who enjoy reading about sex, and who may be starting to think about writing erotic stories for their own pleasure.
  • Also for people who simply enjoy reading about sex.
  • Or for anybody who likes sex at all.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: An introduction to smut

It's in every culture and every time period throughout human civilization. What is the lure of erotic literature, and what psychological role does it play in our lives?

Disclaimer: no animals were harmed in the making of this course
Section 2: Early smut

Two of the best-known erotic texts of the Eastern world were brought to the West by - who else? - the British.


Explore the erotic writings of the ancients, and learn about the 3,000-year-old history of smut.

Section 3: Modern smut: 10 must-read authors

The first erotic novel in English was written to free its author from debtors' prison. It worked!


The infamous Marquis was, if anything, probably far worse than you think.


The man whose name gave us the word "masochism" was not the first to discover pleasure from being dominated by women, but the first to write about it in exquisite detail.


The tightly-buttoned nineteenth century produced a surprising array of "unblushing erotica for every taste," though Queen Victoria was not amused.


It required a famous obscenity trial in order to print the uncensored version of Lawrence's notorious why don't more people read it today?


They were friends, lovers, and larger-than-life authors, living (and writing about) the bohemian life in 1930's Paris.


Written as the answer to her lover's challenge that a woman could not write an erotic novel, Pauline Reage proved him wrong - and started a ripple effect that continues to this day.


The 1970s feminist classic that stimulated the sexual revolution (and made your mom blush).


The queen of horror, Anne Rice, shows her sexy side in this darkly twisted fairy tale series.

Section 4: Reading and writing smut, and why you should

The authors showcased in this course share their thoughts on why they why they write about sex, and why you should too.

6 pages

Think you've got it in you? Find out how (and why) to write erotica yourself, and even make some money at it.

Section 5: Smut quiz
"The smart reader's guide to sexy writing" - review
3 pages
Link to quiz!
Wrap-up, farewell, and help me plan the next course!

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Instructor Biography

Val Rendel, Ph.D., recovering English professor, freelance writer

Greetings! I love writing, literature, and language, so much that I spent 18 years as a college professor and administrator. What I didn’t love was the limitations of higher education, or the way I could only reach the students who were sitting in my classroom. So I leaped from the ivory tower to embrace my alter-ego as the Writing Doctor. Now I use my superpowers to share my passion with students all over the world and offer copywriting services for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Believe me, I have read enough terrible student essays, faculty reports, business letters and strategic plans to last me a lifetime. And I’ve learned a lot from them - knowing what not to do is as important as knowing the right steps to take. I’ve also seen people make amazing improvement in writing with genuine hard work and diligence, Many people fear and/or loathe writing because they think they can’t do it well, that good writers are “born,” not “made.” The truth is: writing IS a superpower, but even superheroes need to train to stay in shape.

I can help build your own writing muscles, whether you’re a 90-pound weakling or an experienced pro who simply wants to keep in shape. There’s no shortcut, sorry – no gamma rays or radioactive spiders – but I can give you valuable tools to keep in your own writing utility belt. Once you see how good writing can benefit your business, your grades, your career and even your personal life, you’ll be able to write prose that soars above the crowd, proofread like a mad genius, and be able to leap over writer’s block in a single bound.

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