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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.

In Writing Our Futures, over 5 weeks, you’ll 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 start to finish, thinking about narrative, characters, plot devices, and develop a piece 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.

There are limited places available on this course 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 bursary towards child care and other care costs.

We aim to make the workshops accessible for all participants and will build the space around your needs. The Zoom sessions will be captioned in English and there are live interpretation services available for non-English speakers.

How To Apply

Our two-stage application process is your chance to tell us a bit about yourself and what you hope to gain from a place on the programme. Complete an application form by 23.59pm on 6th May 2022. After that, shortlisted participants will be invited for an informal interview. The programme is due to start towards the end of May 2022.

We want to encourage applications from as many people as possible so please do share this opportunity amongst your networks.

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.

  • Date
  • May 2022
  • Eligibility
  • You must be a UK-based sex worker to attend the workshops.
  • Apply