1. Current & former sex workers, come write with me & the rest of the Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop gang tomorrow! (Please see the special instructions about entering Center for Sex & Culture through the SIDE DOOR this month!)
2. Everyone, please consider volunteering for St. James Infirmary (my awesome work place!) for the Folsom Street Fair. (We especially need folks to work the BREAKDOWN shift from 5:30pm-9:30pm.)
More info about both events below. :)
<3 & happy Fall,
SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP
* Saturday, September 14th, 2-4pm
* Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street @ 10th Street, San Francisco. CSC is close to both Civic Center BART & Van Ness MUNI, and accessible by the 9-San Bruno, 12-Folsom, 14-Mission, 19-Polk, 47-Van Ness, & 49-Mission/Van Ness MUNI bus lines, among others.
* Sliding scale $10-$20. (More if you can, less if you can’t, nobody turned away — if you’re broke you should still come write with us!)
* Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS MONTH, THE WORKSHOP WILL MEET IN OUR SMALL BACK ROOM DUE TO AN ALL-WEEKEND BOOKING OF THE MAIN ROOM. PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE BACK DOOR IN GRACE ALLEY – THERE WILL BE SIGNS.
This is a writing workshop for current and former sex workers to share their writing and get honest, non-judgmental feedback. Workshop participants are not obligated to write exclusively about sex work, but writing about work in the sex industry (as well as writing about other topics) will be welcomed. This is a place where people can write and share about their sex work experiences without having to censor themselves or explain every detail. Beginning writers are encouraged to attend along with more seasoned wordsmiths.
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop is all-genders. We define the term “sex worker” broadly, as people who have exchanged erotic labor for money/food/shelter, including but not limited to:
+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts and Personal Companions
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dommes, subs, and switches
+Adult Film Actors; Porn Models and Performers; Nude Models; Cam Girls and Boys
+Exotic Dancers; Strippers; and Peep Show Workers
+Phone Sex Operators
+And many other Sex Workers and Adult Entertainers!
(If we’re forgetting your area of the industry in this definition, tell us!)
**While we can’t guarantee a scent-free space, we ask that all attendees please refrain from wearing scented products to ensure that workshop members with chemical sensitivities can attend.
**We ask that our non-sex worker friends, lovers, partners, allies, and clients respect that this space is FOR SEX WORKERS ONLY.
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Gina de Vries is the author of the forthcoming book How To Have A Body; founder and co-curator (with Elena Rose) of Girl Talk, a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between trans women, cis women, and genderqueer people; and founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop. Ze has been published everywhere from the academic to the pornographic, and has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms to the Ivy League. She works a day job at St. James Infirmary, the nation’s only clinic run by and for current and former sex workers, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Sex & Culture. A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Master’s in English from San Francisco State University. Find out more at ginadevries.com and howtohaveabody.tumblr.com.
Wonderful peoples! My excellent workplace, St. James Infirmary has two verrrry last spots available for Folsom Street Fair volunteerism on Sunday, September 29th.
We need two (2) folks to handle the BREAKDOWN SHIFT from 5:30pm-9:30pm. This is an ideal volunteer shift for pairs who wanna hang out together as they work (so friends & couples, please sign up!).
Quite frankly, people are chomping at the bit to volunteer for us during Folsom at other times (thank you! all of you! it is appreciated & does not go unnoticed!). That said, we are having a helluva time filling this particular 5:30-9:30pm Breakdown shift.
I would be extra-super-duper with whipped cream & a cherry on top appreciative if ANY of you fine folks could step up and help out for this particular shift. And once Folsom Season is over, all of our Dore & Folsom volunteers will get a thank you part-tay at the clinic, with snacks + fun + groovy St. James schwag.
So, pretty please pitch in? :) Sign up here.
Gina de Vries
Grants Development Coordinator
St. James Infirmary
How To Have A Body | ginadevries.com (under re-construction, coming back soon!)