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Workshop Series
Writing Our Futures

Decriminalised Futures is running a series of free workshops for sex workers to explore their lives, experiences and political movements through creative storytelling.

We are a collaborative project led by organisers and artists from SWARM (a sex worker-led collective in the UK). We use creative tools and popular education to highlight the breadth of sex worker experiences and connect sex worker rights to wider struggles for racial justice, migrant rights, anti-austerity work, labour rights, trans rights, and many other movements.

Writing Our Futures is a 5-week introductory series, where you’ll learn about learn about representations of sex workers in TV and film, discuss the history and future of political sex worker movements, explore different storytelling techniques, and create your own piece of work on a story you want to tell.

Through guided, creative workshops, you’ll get the chance to work on an idea from scratch, think through narrative, characters and plot devices, get feedback from other creatives, and finish with a developed piece of work to showcase by the end of the series. These are your stories and they can take whatever form you like, whether it’s a poem, a short story, a script or a song!

Writing Our Futures is an opportunity to get creative and politically active, build community and solidarity with other sex workers and become self-advocates for sex worker rights.

This is a limited pilot programme with 18 places only, so we encourage people to apply who can commit to the full 5 weeks. Workshops will take place on Zoom, one day a week for 2 hours, and are open to UK-based sex workers of any gender.

To support people to attend workshops, we are offering a small attendance stipend which is available to all participants. We are also able to offer a limited bursary towards child care or other caring costs.

We aim to make the workshops accessible for all participants and will build the space around your needs. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide translation for the workshops at this time and so are only able to offer places to those comfortable listening to and talking in English.

Who Can Apply

To attend these workshops, you must fit the following criteria:
– Be UK based
– Have experience of sex work, whether currently or in the past

How To Apply

Applications are now closed. Shortlisted participants will be contacted for an interview taking place in the week commencing 24th May. The programme is due to start in the first week of June.

If you have any questions about accessibility or anything related to the programme, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our workshop coordinator, Sidra, at workshops@decriminalisedfutures.org.