The Red Umbrella Project is proud to announce thatwe are now accepting applications for our inaugural Becoming Writers workshop, a FREE, eight-week long, creative nonfiction writing course for individuals with experience in the sex trade. This workshop is intended for both experienced and first-time writers and will cover the fundamentals of memoir writing. Becoming Writers will be taught by Melissa Petro, published writer, experienced teacher and former sex worker, who has written extensively about her experiences as a stripper and call girl for places like Salon, Daily Beast, Bitch Magazine, xoJane, Rumpus.net, and elsewhere. The workshop will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm in a New School classroom in NYC, starting September 4 and ending October 30. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a reading at the Red Umbrella Diaries on December 6, 2012 and a publication of a literary journal (hard copy and ebook) that includes the writing of class participants.
We are able to provide roundtrip MetroCards to some participants as well as computers to those who do not have access to a computer to write on – please indicate on your application if this support would make the course more accessible to you, or if there are other things we can do ot make it more accessible.
Discuss how to choose moments for material
Explore how elements of fiction-writing are used to tell true stories in memoir (including dialogue, description, voice, etc.). We will not be writing cultural commentary or pieces that are solely political in this class
Complete writing exercises as well as a 5-10 page manuscript for publication in program anthology, bring typed pages to class
Read assigned texts and come to class prepared to discuss them
Read and critique one another’s writing and participate in the process of revision
Continue after the course ends to be mentored towards individual professional and/or artistic goals
Show up on time and participate in scheduled classes
Respect the class as a safe space and treat personal disclosures made in class as strictly confidential
Former sex worker, current media maker and activist. Founder/director of the Red Umbrella Project (RedUP), a NYC-based, peer-led org that does media, storytelling, and advocacy with people with the sex trades. Lover of rescue animals (live with 2 dogs + cat), voracious reader, have case of late onset athleticism (running, triathlon, boxing).