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BUST School For Creative Living Teacher Spotlight: Sophie Saint Thomas, Sex Writer And Magick Maker

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Sophie Saint Thomas is a sex writer and magick maker who will be joining us as a teacher at the BUST School For Creative Living, which will take place December 8th and 9th during the BUST Craftacular Holiday at Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Sophie will be teaching a workshop on candle magick and moderating a panel on how to have casual sex. We asked Sophie to tell us a little more about herself and what we can expect.

Hey Sophie, can you tell our readers about your work?

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I'm a writer for magazines such as GQ, Playboy, VICE, Allure, Glamour, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, High Times, PRIDE, and more. I primarily write about sex. In particular, I'm interested in marginalized sexual communities. I'm also the co-host of the weekly sex & spirituality podcast, The Serpent Cast, and am currently writing my first book.

What inspired you to start your career?

To be honest, for a long time my writing was a side gig, and I supported myself through work in television. Although I put in the work, I'm still very grateful to have somehow managed to become a full-time sex writer. My inspiration comes from a desire to normalize sexuality, help people embrace their sexuality, and understand that (despite what the government wants you to believe) there's nothing shameful about being a sexual being. We're animals. It's in our DNA.

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 What is your creative process like?

Usually, ideas come to me when I'm stoned, performing magick—and then I wake up, drink my magical potion called coffee, and put the pen to paper.

 What advice do you have for people who are pursuing a career in your field?

Freelance writing is not something you can just jump into, and certainly (unless you have a trust fund) not something you can make your full-time job straight away. It took me nearly a decade. Be prepared to work your ass off, and as the writer Sara Benincasa aptly named one of her books, real artists have day jobs. 

Tell us about what you’ll be doing at Craftacular.

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I am a class on Magickal Sigil Making.

What else should our readers know about you and your business?

You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @TheBowieCat.

Learn more about Sophie Saint Thomas at sophiesaintthomas.com.

Join us at the BUST Craftacular and the School For Creative Living 11a.m.-7p.m. on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 at Brooklyn Expo center. Admission is free; learn more and purchase class tickets here. 

photos courtesy of Sophie Saint Thomas. 

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