I’m barely on tumblr at the moment, but I wanted to spread the word about Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop in 2014.
Local current & former sex work-ing folks — come write with us tomorrow!
Everyone else — please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested.
<3 & happy New Year,
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SEX WORKERS’ WRITING WORKSHOP
* Saturday, January 11th, 2-4pm.
* Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street at the corner of Grace Alley (between 10th and 9th Streets) in San Francisco. We’re very close to both Civic Center BART & Van Ness MUNI, and are also accessible by the 9-San Bruno, 12-Folsom, 14-Mission, 19-Polk, 47-Van Ness, & 49-Mission/Van Ness MUNI bus lines, among many 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.
* TENTATIVE 2014 Schedule: The second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. January 11th, February 8th, March 8th, April 12th, May 10th, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th, December 13th.
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/things that we need, including but not limited to:
+Street and Survival Sex Workers
+Escorts and Personal Companions
+Sensual Massage and Sensual Body Work Providers
+BDSM workers; pro-dom/mes, 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!)
** Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Disability accessibility info in detail here.
** Speaking of accessibility: While we can’t 100% 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 founded Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop in 2008. Her work has been widely anthologized over the past decade (publications include Baby Remember My Name, That’s Revolting, Take Me There, Coming & Crying, and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, among others). Ze’s taught writing workshops and performed everywhere from the Ivy Leagues to chapels to living rooms to leather bar backrooms. She is also the founder and co-curator of Girl Talk, a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between trans women, cis women, and genderqueer people. Ze holds an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s currently at work on How To Have A Body, a book about, well, how to have a body. Find out lots more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of hir goings-on at howtohaveabody.tumblr.com.