The first book to empower older women writing about erotic experiences in life, the bedroom, and beyond
With concrete tools for writing bawdy, fun, and empowering erotica, Aphrodite’s Pen celebrates sexuality and creativity. The book includes approachable activities designed for novice and seasoned writers and guides readers in creating saucy characters and plot, sensual dialogue, poetry, memoir, and more. Author Stella Fosse, founder of the Elderotica Writers group, offers games and fun writing exercises to spark your imagination. She also provides expert advice for creating a writing circle, getting published, and reading in public.
About the Author
STELLA FOSSE is a late bloomer whose erotic life went from blah to ecstatic in her late fifties. In 2016, Fosse and Lynx Canon founded a group for women over fifty called Elderotica Writers, with monthly meetings to share story writing and friendship. Fosse' story "Terraforming," about the friendship between a bookish woman in her sixties and a well-endowed cowboy, appeared in the 2017 anthology, Dirty Old Women, and she has read several times at the quarterly Dirty Old Women literary event in Oakland. Stella's collaborative project, The Palace of Wisdom, is based on an imaginary erotic spa in Big Sur for women over fifty, which includes floorplans, activities, and rules, which she shares in workshops and online, inviting women to submit stories for a themed anthology. Fosse is retired from a career in biotechnology and lives with her partner in North Carolina.
“Writing erotica is powerful—it can entertain, empower, and excite the writer as well as the reader. If you’re over fifty, you have wisdom and experience to share, and you’ll find Aphrodite’s Pena lively and motivating erotic writing course. This book offers instruction, prompts, interviews with published post-midlife erotica writers, and samples of erotica to inspire you and help you create your own.” —Joan Price, advocate for ageless sexuality and author of Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex
“When we think of erotica, we don’t usually link it together with middle-aged women. In fact it is middle-aged women who are finally liberated to fully experience the sensuous delight of erotica. They have reached the point in their lives when they are no longer encumbered by the risk of pregnancy nor zapped by the physical ramifications of menopause. This is a groundbreaking book that so many of us have been waiting for ... empowered women writing erotica!” —Kathleen A. Barry, PhD, coeditor of Unmasked: Women Write about Sex and Intimacy after Fifty
“Women in midlife and beyond are often sexually marginalized, yet we are in a great position to call on years of passionate experience. Stella Fosse shows us how to write erotica through step-by-step instructions and exercises. Writing erotic literature, like fantasizing, is a great way to explore your sexuality and stay safe at the same time.” —Barbara Keesling, PhD, author of Crazy Stupid Sex: Dr. Barb’s Guide to Keeping It Safe and All Night Long: How to Make Love to a Man over 50