Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop returns for 2013 this upcoming Saturday, January 12th at 2pm. Workshop is at The Center for Sex & Culture, as per usual. More details below.
Happy 2013 & xoxo!
Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop
* Saturday, January 12th (usually 2nd Saturday of Every Month), 2-4pm. (Next SWWW: February 9th.)
* Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street @ 10th Street, San Francisco (close to both Civic Center BART & Van Ness MUNI; accessible by the 9-San Bruno, 12-Folsom, 14-Mission, 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 writewith us!)
* Workshop facilitated by Gina de Vries
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.
Gina de Vries is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and activist with a long history doing political organizing in and with queer, trans and gender-variant, intersex, and sex worker communities. She co-edited the queer youth anthology [Becoming] with Diane Anderson-Minshall in 2004, and hir publications include The San Francisco Bay Guardian, $pread, Curve, Coming & Crying, Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica, The Revolution Starts at Home, and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?. She is the founder and co-curator (with Elena Rose and Julia Serano) of “Girl Talk,” a spoken-word show fostering and promoting dialogue about relationships of all kinds between trans and cis women and genderqueer people. Ze has performed, taught, and lectured everywhere from chapels to leatherbar backrooms, and her university appearances include Harvard University and Yale University. Ze is the founder and facilitator of Sex Workers’ Writing Workshop, a writing class for current & former sex workers at San Francisco’s Center for Sex & Culture (where she also serves on the Advisory Board). A graduate of Hampshire College, Gina is currently pursuing hir Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University. Find out more at ginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com.