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-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!)

Saturday, May 11th (usually 2nd Saturday of Every Month), 2-4pm. (Next SWWW: June 8th.)

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, 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

** Email questions, volunteer inquiries, etc, to Gina at queershoulder@gmail.com.
** 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 is a genderqueer femme, a queer Paisan pervert, and a writer, performer, and cultural worker. Hir work has been widely anthologized over the past decade, including pieces in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, $pread, Curve, make/shiftThat’s Revolting!, Coming & Crying, Take Me There, The Revolution Starts at Home, and Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?. Gina 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 women, cis women, and genderqueer people. Ze is currently finishing up hir Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University, where she’s working on How To Have A Body, a book about, well, how to have a body. Find out lots more atginadevries.com, and keep track of her on the daily at queershoulder.tumblr.com.