Memoir Writing Workshop

Red Umbrella Project offers free, peer-facilitated Memoir Writing Workshops in New York City for individuals with experience in the sex trades. In our workshops, participants generate new writing in class and at home, build their writing skills and confidence, share their stories and get feedback from peers, and ultimately publish a piece in our biannual literary journal Prose & Lore. We also offer a Page to Stage workshop for people who complete the workshop and want to read their work at one of our storytelling events.

We offer eight-week long intensive workshops in spring and fall, and drop-in workshops summer and winter. We are also available to bring the workshops to your community space – email us at to discuss.

Summer Drop-In Workshops

Summer-14---website-graphicWant to get some writing done in a peer space? Not sure if you want to commit to an eight week workshop? Want to meet other workshop members and try it on for size? Our free summer drop-in workshops meet on Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm, run from May through August, and meet at our office in Downtown Brooklyn. Here are the dates of the upcoming workshops:

  • May 12 – facilitated by Anna Saini
  • May 19 – facilitated by Dominick
  • June 9 – facilitated by Aimee Herman
  • June 23 – facilitated by Essence Revealed
  • July 14 – facilitated by Leigh Alanna
  • July 28 – facilitator TBA
  • August 11 - facilitator TBA
  • August 25 - facilitator TBA

Eight-Week Memoir Workshop

Participants  have the opportunity to develop their writing, be published in an issue of our literary journal Prose & Lore, read at an event celebrating the journal, and be included in our podcast. We will open applications for the fall session in July.

Writers Outside of NYC

We don’t have a formal distance-learning writing workshop, however, we pair writers whose pitches are accepted to our literary journal Prose & Lore with mentor editors who will support you through the process of writing and revising your story for publication.

Our pitch session for Issue 5 will open in July.