Sex. Feminism. Lesbian Werewolves.

Workshops

“Allison Moon is knowledgeable, accessible, affordable, and surprisingly cool. This is a talent on her way up in the world. See her now before the world catches on.” – HG

Allison Moon performing at Bawdy Storytelling

 

Allison is a passionate and entertaining educator with a great sense of humor and wealth of knowledge. She’s taught for audiences of all sizes, ages and backgrounds.  Whether it’s a no-holds-barred sex-ed class or a professional-level workshop on publishing, Allison can deliver solid, informative education to your group. Click the links below for detailed descriptions of her offerings, or let her know what you’re looking for and Allison will tailor a class specifically for you.

For booking, email: moon@talesofthepack.com

 

 

 

Writing and Creativity:

Practical Creativity

Creativity for Radicals

Writing Socially Conscious Fiction

Self-Publishing 101

Self-Publishing as a Radical Act

Sweet, Sexy And Smutty: An Erotica Writing Workshop

 

Women & Gender Studies / Academic Offerings

Unleashing the Monstrous Feminine: Shapeshifting, queer identities and post-gender feminism

 

Sexuality, Gender, & Identity:

Radical Sex: How Progressive Politics are Changing the Way We Have Sex

How to Drive a Vulva (formerly Girl Sex 101) Educator Allison Moon holds a double ended dildo and comically fans herself while teaching Strap On 101

Buckle Up!  Strap-on Basics

Slut and Slut-Lite: Negotiating Healthy Relationships with Disparate Sexual Self-Expressions

Pegging 101

I Was, I Am: Navigating Shifting Sexual Identities

Practical Creativity

Creativity isn’t some esoteric bounty bestowed on the pious or the lucky. It’s a skill that can be learned and transformed into a daily practice. Many creativity classes and books insist that if you journal or collage a dream board or claim a god from the pantheon to serve as your muse, you’ll someday become an artist. Practical Creativity says the opposite. It’s a workshop that will give you pragmatic steps to follow to create a working environment that will help you create with strength and ease. It will give you the tools necessary to put a pen to paper, a butt in a chair, and a brush to a canvas to Get the Job Done.
By integrating the 10 straight-forward techniques: Permission, Restraint, Rhythm, Accountability, Respect, Comfort, Chemistry, Momentum, Consumption and Analysis you’ll leave the workshop with a game-plan for unleashing your inner artist and doing your best work yet.

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Creativity for Radicals

Finding your creative voice is the first step to creating art.  All people have the capacity for creativity, yet it’s often treated as something “other” that belongs only to the eccentrics or those deigned worthy by the “muse.” Many people who have the drive and desire to create art are shut down by their personal struggles with self-worth, guilt, social location and “paralysis by analysis.”
Creativity for Radicals explores the politics, privileges and identity issues endemic to creating art.  In this interactive talk, Allison will deconstruct notions of “privilege guilt” into useful components for creativity, discuss the intersection between art and social justice, deconstruct activist skill-sets to turn them into useful tools for the creation process, and share methods for distilling passion from conflict to turn activism into relevant art.In this liberating and inspiring workshop, Allison will share her own experience of confronting and overcoming her blocks to creativity and lead participants through a series of exercises designed to break down barriers between creatives and their work.

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Writing Socially Conscious Fiction

Have a story you’re dying to tell? Learn how to create fiction that reflects your values. In this workshop, participants will explore the basics of crafting and developing a work of fiction. Examining “issue-based” writing through elements such as Moral Point of View, Theme as Mission Statement, and Political Bodies, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and begin developing their own work of fiction of any length. Even if you’re shy or lacking confidence, you’ll get the tools to begin crafting your own story.

By the end of the class, participants will have created a well-developed outline for their own story. They will be able to use the skills from this class to design and develop fiction of all lengths that speak to their own themes.

Bring your favorite writing instrument and your imagination. Writers of all levels welcome.

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Self Publishing 101

“Highly recommended. Allison will basically set you up to get started in this direction if that’s what you want.” -EM

Do you have a manuscript sitting on your shelf, waiting to see the light of day?
Do you want to write a book but have no clue what to do with it once it’s done? Are you mystified by the success of self-publishers and wonder what all the fuss is about?

In two hours, I’ll walk you through the basics of self-publishing.

You’ll learn:
* How to figure out if self-publishing is the right step for you and your book
* The difference between vanity publishing services and creating your own press
* The bare-bone, essential steps you need to take for your book to live
* Where to scrimp and where to splurge
* Hidden costs and easily missed steps on the self-publishing
* How to develop a timeline and a budget
* What you need to do to get your book out there.

No matter where you are on your own publishing path, this will demystify this ever-changing market.

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Self-Publishing as a Radical Act

There is a long and robust history of disenfranchised communities creating and publishing their own work, and in the process defying racism, sexism, obscenity laws, and the patriarchy.  Now, with ever-increasing democratic access to the tools of printing and distribution, authors of all kinds can add their voices to the canon.  This class examines self-publishing through a framework of radical activism whereby forgoing traditional models can help radicals maintain their philosophical stance. With emphasis on ideas like Social Equity, Community Building, Decentralization, and Solidarity, this class will explain the options available to authors and how they may help support one’s own tenets.

“Allison Moon is the rising tide that lifts all self-publishing boats. Her self-publishing workshops are brainy, punk, feminist, accessible,fun, and empowering as all get-out.” – Cooper Lee Bombardier, writer and artist www.cooperleebombardier.com
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Allison Moon teaches erotica 101

Sweet, Sexy And Smutty: An Erotica Writing Workshop

Must it all be “throbbing members” and “heaving bosoms”? Shouldn’t

erotica be more than antiquated ideas of sex and propriety? In this fun,

interactive workshop filled with exercises and prompts, we’ll explore scenarios, fantasies and sensuality with the intention of writing smart and titillating fiction. Author Allison Moon will offer tools and inspirations to help you delve into the erotic and write some truly steamy scenes.

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Unleashing the Monstrous Feminine: Shapeshifting, queer identities and post-gender feminism

Among werewolves and women, there are many parallels. Yet the prevailing werewolf image in literature and media is that of the hairy, brutish male.

Why not the hairy, brutish female? Or is this transformation too stark for our culture’s ideas of proper feminine behavior?

One subset of women has experience bucking the traditional norms of feminine beauty & behavior: lesbians.

Claiming non-normative (“queer”) identity requires one to eschew notions of socially-sanctioned gender appropriate behavior. It can become an act wherein the individual may shift her shape to claim new, possibly fringe characteristics that transcend the gender binary, the sexual binary, and heteronormative ideals of power, sexuality, and societal efficacy. For lesbians in particular, the coming out process requires the thorough deconstruction of the patriarchal ideals of femininity including beauty standards, behavior, speech and even thought.

The werewolf, as a classic representation of the animal within all humans, also represents for women a return to authenticity- the complete eschewal of socially-dictated kindness, chastity and delicacy, in favor of rage, sex, and gluttony.

This class will explore female werewolves in literature through the lens of queer female sexuality, including queer rituals of coming out, flagging, community structuring, beauty redefinition, and body modification.

It will examine successful, nascent and ambiguous portrayals of this connection between lesbian and werewolf where the shapeshifter represents the transcendence of patriarchal structures for sexuality and society.
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Radical Sex: How Progressive Politics are Changing the Way We Have Sex

How do politics shape the way we have sex? In this class, specially designed for universities and colleges, Allison will guide students through a world of consent culture, pansexual play parties, the queer porn revolution, post-gender feminism, non-monogamy, and other topics at the cutting edge of the way we play and relate.

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How to Drive a Vulva (formerly known as Girl Sex 101)

Allison’s signature workshop!

Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of female sexuality in a class designed for people of all genders.

In this playful, informative 2-hour workshop lead by sapphic savant, Allison Moon, you will learn all the basics, including:

• The bits and pieces that make up female sexual anatomy
• Simple ways to communicate in the heat of the moment
• How to build a “Road Map” of your partner’s pleasure

* Positions to avoid fatigue and generate the power you need to rock their world

• Plus a few super secret, lesbian-ninja techniques

You’ll come away with new confidence to please a vulva and the person it belongs to, no matter what your hands-on experience.

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Buckle-Up! Strap-On Basics with Allison Moon

Wanna add another tool to your box but don’t know where to start? Love the idea but nervous about the execution?

Strap-on play, once considered taboo, is now en vogue, and, for many of us, an essential part of our sex lives. But unless you had the chutzpah to blaze your own trail or a special someone to show you the ropes, buckling up and pitching or catching can be intimidating.

Join Sapphic savant and veteran pegster, Allie Moon, for this fun, informative, and sexy introduction to the world of harnesses, dildos, lubes and moves.

In this 2-hour workshop for women, you will learn…
• The ins and outs of strap-on play
• How to choose a dildo and a harness that’s right for you
• Fun positions for giving and receiving
• How to brooch the subject of strap-ons with your partner and integrate it into your regular sex life
• and, especially… What not to do!
• Plus a few advanced tips and tricks that will leave your lovers coming back for more…

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Slut and Slut-Lite: Negotiating Healthy Relationships with Disparate Sexual Self-Expressions (Co-taught with Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com)

There are plenty of challenges being in a relationship with someone who is far sluttier or far less sluttier than you. The slutty one wants to frolic while trying to honor the needs of the not-so-slutty one. The not-so-slutty one may have a hard time figuring out what makes them feel safe at sex-positive events or even “what to do” at such events. The not-so-slutty one may be shamed for not being “as evolved” or sex-positive, while the slutty one, having to deal with society’s judgments may be afraid of facing that same judgment at home. Sound familiar? Whereever you fall on the “slut-spectrum” you can learn from relationship blackbelts Reid Mihalko (slut) and Allison Moon (slut-lite) as they discuss how to make disparate sexual self-expressions work. In this lively workshop, filled with humor and exercises, Reid and Allison will cover the communication skill sets and damage control devices they apply in their personal relationships that allow each of them the freedom to be exuberantly self-expressed in how they like to love. It’s possible, and it may be easier than you think! Join us!

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Pegging 101

With the popularity of Bend Over Boyfriend videos and the proliferation of sex-toy stores aimed at women, the practice known as Pegging, (anal penetration of a man with a strap-on dildo – a term coined by sex-columnist Dan Savage) has become a popular fantasy for many people.

Strap-on play is no longer something solely for lesbians and dominatrices. Pegging and the play surrounding it can be a sexy, fun and adventurous way for men and women to explore new dynamics and sensations in the bedroom. Yet, without a game partner or a certain amount of experience and communication confidence, pegging can be a nerve-wracking adventure.

Butt- Allie is here to help!

Join sex and relationship educator (and veteran peg’ster) Allie Moon as she guides you through a laughter-filled and pragmatic workshop that takes you from soup to… er, nuts!

In this 2-hour, informative and humorous workshop, where you get to watch, take notes and ask questions, you will learn:

Strap-On Basics for Women
Simple techniques for fun and easy bottoming/receiving
Ways to bring up the idea of pegging without freaking out your partners!
Communication and negotiation skills that will deepen your love life…
* Safer Sex protocols and hygiene tips
* Special considerations when working with butts
* Unique and fun positions perfect for Woman-on-Man sex
* Some simple fem-dom techniques (nothing too scary, we promise!)
* And much, much more!

Show up with your questions and leave with new-found confidence and self-esteem for your relationships and sex life.

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I Was, I Am: Navigating Shifting Sexual Identities

Bisexual, Queer, Trans, Cis, Gay, Straight, Homo, Genderqueer. These days we seem to have a label for everything, even though few of us may actually feel comfortable with the labels we choose. What happens when we identify one way, but find our tastes or context shift? Do we become different people? Do we lose friends or community? Must it be this way?  Join Allison Moon as we unpack the identity politics that keep us in rigid boxes long after we’ve outgrown them. In this eye-opening and heart-warming workshop, we’ll explore how we identify throughout different stages of our lives, and how to navigate these changes with grace and kindness, both for ourselves and our communities.