FEBRUARY 17, 2018


As a nerdy sex educator and a (nerdy?) romance writer, Emily Nagoski loves applying the science of sex to stories of love, lust, and longing. This month, she’ll talk to us about the accessible, fun brain science that shows how we can maximize the impact of love stories in general and steamy scenes in particular, by using the innate dynamics of the emotional brain.

We’ll cover topics like:

  • Why virginity might amplify the reader’s neurological response to a sex scene – and how to create the same effect, when neither character is a virgin;
  • Why sex in risky situations can be super-sexy in a story, even though it probably wouldn’t be in real life
  • And how to write a love scene a reader responds to strongly, even when it’s not the kind of sexiness she’s generally interested in.


Best Western Seven Seas
411 Hotel Circle South
San Diego 92108
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$25for Members (paying by Tuesday, February 13th)
$30for Guests (must be over age 18) and member late registration (by noon Friday, February 16th)
$35for Members or Guests at the door


Emily Nagoski

Emily Nagoski (writing romance as Emily Foster) is the New York Times bestselling author of Come As You Are: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life. With a Ph.D. in Health Behavior and a M.S. in Counseling, Emily trained as a sex therapist at the Kinsey Institute before transitioning to full-time sex nerd. These days she travels all over, teaching women to live with confidence and joy inside their bodies. (It’s the best job in the world.) She has been a romance reader since she was eleven years old, and began writing it in 2006. It only took her a decade to publish a novel. Emily lives in western Massachusetts with two cats, two dogs, a cartoonist, and too much snow.

Meeting Agenda:

9:30 to 10:00 Check In - Networking (coffee and tea)
10:00 Welcome - Introductions & Announcements
10:15 Morning Session
12:00 Lunch (see menu)
1:00 Chapter Business Meeting
1:30 Afternoon Session
3:00 Meeting Adjourned