Pre-Con Workshops


Writing Workshops with Rachel Kramer Bussel

Erotica 101

Friday, September 12, 2014      9:15am-12:15pm

In this three hour workshop Rachel Kramer Bussel, professional erotica author and editor of over 50 erotica anthologies, such as The Big Book of Orgasms, Cheeky Spanking Stories and Serving Him: Sexy Stories of Submission, will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing. Learn how to get started, find your voice, and write against type. You’ll discover how to incorporate everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies into your writing, and make them fit for particular magazines and anthologies. The class will also cover branding yourself as a writer, using and selecting a good pseudonym, and using social media to promote your work and do outreach. She’ll also talk about submitting your work and keeping up with the thriving erotica market, including anthologies, ebooks, magazines and websites.   Please bring paper and writing implements or a laptop to use for in class writing exercises. A bibliography with erotica resources will be provided.

This class will take place on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the CatalystCon host hotel. You must purchase a ticket to this workshop separately from CatalystCon on the registration page. Register here.

Pricing: $45.  

 Note: Student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Sex Writing 101

Friday, September 12, 2014   1:30pm-4:30pm

In this three hour workshop, writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel will cover all you need to know about writing about sex, including blogging, first-person essays and journalism. You’ll learn how to ethically write about your love life, what editors are looking for, where to find experts on sexuality topics, and how to stay abreast of current sex news. Whether you’re looking to write a sex blog, column, articles or books, you’ll find out how to pitch, how much money you can expect to make, and how to maximize your editorial opportunities. The class will also cover branding yourself as a writer, using and selecting a good pseudonym, using social media to promote your work and do outreach, and how to pitch stories. Rachel has been a sex columnist for The Village Voice, Penthouse and The Frisky, and has written about sexuality for Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Glamour, Inked, Salon, xoJane and many other publications. A resource list covering markets for sex-related pieces will be provided.

This class will take place on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the CatalystCon host hotel. You must purchase a ticket to this workshop separately from CatalystCon on the registration page.  Register here.

Pricing: $45.    

Note: Student discount code does not apply to this workshop.

Special pricing for both workshops: $79

**Attendees who would like the opportunity to get feedback from Rachel on one piece of their own writing (3,000 words or less), to be submitted prior to the workshop can purchase this as an add on to either of the above workshops.  Fee: $20

Rachel Kramer Bussel  is an author, editor and blogger. She has edited over fifty books of erotica, including The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories; Baby Got Back: Anal Erotica; Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women’s Erotica; Serving Him: Sexy Stories of Submission, The Big Book of Orgasms; Anything for You; Suite Encounters; Going Down; Irresistible; Gotta Have It; Obsessed; Women in Lust; Surrender; Orgasmic; Cheeky Spanking Stories; Bottoms Up; Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica; The Mile High Club; Going Down; Tasting Him; Tasting Her; Please, Sir; Please, Ma’am; He’s on Top; She’s on Top; Lust in Latex; Best Sex Writing 2013 and is Best Bondage Erotica series editor. Her anthologies have won 8 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards, and Surrender won the National Leather Association Samois Anthology Award. Her work has been published in over one hundred anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. She wrote the popular “Lusty Lady” column for the Village Voice.

Rachel has written for AVN, Bust,, Cosmopolitan, Curve, The Daily Beast,, Glamour, Gothamist, Huffington Post, Inked, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, New York Observer, Penthouse, The Root, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York and Zink, among others. She teaches erotic writing workshops across the country at colleges, sex toy stores, conferences and community events. She blogs at Lusty Lady and Tweets @raquelita.


UrbanErotika Workshop

 Writing/Performing Erotika for The Stage

Friday, September 12, 2014  1:30pm – 4:3opm

 Mo Beasley will lead this erotic writing and performance workshop for novice and seasoned artists seeking to expand their literary and presentational skills. This workshop will focus on the physical, emotional, sensual, and literary techniques that help refine the definition of erotica as the “personification of love in all its [shades and] aspects.” The session will consist of literary and performance exercises that awaken the most artistic and authentic voice within each participant. This 3 hour intensive will culminate in an UrbanErotika style open mic that will journey from “the most soft and sensual to the most wild explicit” work crafted by attendees. Bring your pens, pads, and Whole Open Self to craft sex positive magic for the page and stage!

Pricing: $45 - Register here.

This workshop is limited to only 20 attendees.

You must purchase a ticket to this program separately from CatalystCon registration

Note: the student discount code available to CatalystCon attendees does not apply to this special program.

Mo Beasley: The Head Coach of Erotika leads New York City’s longest running erotic performance series (UrbanErotika).

This award-winning performance artist, educator, author, and public speaker has over 30 years experience dealing with cutting-edge perspectives on sex, sexuality, art as action, fatherhood, hip hop as a tool for education, to re-defining masculinity for the 21st century.

This Boston-born/Brooklyn-based artist has been interviewed in national media on HuffPost Live, XM Radio, Air America Radio, and The Hallmark Channel.

As a performer, Beasley has been featured at the legendary Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, BAMCafe, and erotic reading series: Bare, In the Flesh, Ravenous Nights, and Kiss & Tell Live.

As an educator/public speaker, Beasley’s clients include BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Children’s Aid Society, Planned Parenthood, African Voices Magazine, Howard University, Penn State, New York University, CatalystCon East and West (2012-present).

As a playwright Beasley has been produced for national and international festivals; and nominated for 9 AUDELCO Awards. No Good Nigga Bluez is Beasley’s first book (Scripted Linguistics 2004). His second is “Be a Father to Your Child” (Soft Skull Press, 2008).

In 2006, The New York Daily News selected Mo as one of “50 Unsung New York Heroes.”

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