I'm a nonfiction author and essayist best known for my personal writing which I tend to tuck in various corners of the internet like a squirrel hiding nuts. I'm currently a columnist with Fusion, and have contributed to many other outlets such as Hazlitt, Bookforum, The New Inquiry, and The Verge. You can find out more about me from the links below, or through my sloppy, self-revealing antics on Twitter and Instagram.
Or for the ultimate intimate insights, you can just buy one of my books.
Charlotte Shane’s forthcoming book Prostitute Laundry is based on the 56 email newsletters she wrote over the last couple of years about her life, loves and careers in sex work and in writing. Shane narrates those newsletters in a kind of gentle, considered past tense that makes each missive read as if it has been very sagely composed by a writer who has lived 50 years since. Put all together, they read, conveniently, like chapters in a book. That’s exactly what Dickens had a talent for, too. — The Guardian
Confessional and crushing missives about love, sex, relationships, and the inner life of an American sex worker […] Soon, these addictive, intimate writings began to feel much like a serial novel. […] Prostitute Laundry is not popular because of its graphic sexual content (which there is plenty of), but more so because of Shane's ability to write so poetically about humanity. Shane sometimes likens her readers to TV audiences, which feels on point as their responses to her work on Twitter and across the internet show a level of investment in her characters on par with that of the romantic leads in a favorite sitcom. — Vice
Every form of writing has an author whose work helped define it; for TinyLetter, that author is Charlotte Shane. I don’t think anyone understood what a TinyLetter really could be until Shane began her Prostitute Laundry series in February of 2014. […] It felt like reading a novel in serial form, spiked with the knowledge that these experiences were drawn from someone’s daily reality. The subject matter, too, felt decidedly intimate for an online newsletter; Shane addressed everything from her own sex life and body image to relationships, money and power. […] And then, there’s the prose, which is absolutely hypnotic—intimate, confessional, and even self-scouring in a way that’s unspeakably rare. — Brooklyn Magazine
There are some writers whose work I will drop everything for. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing: for a few minutes, it’s just their words on my screen and nothing else. Charlotte Shane is one of those writers—and I don’t believe I’m alone in that assessment. [...] Her writing—which often focuses on her relationships, body, and sex work and sex life—is in turns incisive and tender, embracing human frailty with bracing honesty. Most importantly, she breaks down harmful stereotypes and acts as a voice for those whom society routinely marginalizes. — The Establishment