Torie Amarie Dale spoke about word choices, language, and grammar in her class on how to write the sex scene at Queens University of Charlotte’s MFA Alumni Professional Development Weekend.

The class examined how three author’s successfully executed language, word choice and grammar to artfully convey the sex scene:

  • James Salter, A Sport and a Pastime
  • Darin Strauss, Chang and Eng
  • Cheryl Strayed’s Wild

And because it is so much fun (And, what better way is there to end the class than on a humorous take away?) the class read an excerpt from Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award, an award offered to writers who write an extremely badly sex scene in an otherwise good book.

Behind Torie, a mad lib slide of Salter’s, A Sport and a Pastime.