Memoir Writing Workshops

redup memoir programRed 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. If you’re interested in any of our workshop offerings or have questions, email

Drop-In Workshops

Want to meet people with different experiences in the sex trades? Want to share your story and hear others’ stories in a peer space? Our free drop-in workshops meet on Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm meet at our office in Downtown Brooklyn and are led by sex workers who have previously participated in the workshops. Here are the dates of the upcoming workshops:

  • April 13
  • April 27 – led by Aimee Herman
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • June 8
  • June 22 – led by Amber Dawn

Writers Outside of NYC

Want to get published in Prose & Lore, but unable to make it to our writing workshops in NYC? This year, we will have three submission periods for distance writers to send us pieces to consider for Prose & Lore — and the first period will be open from now until April 30th, 2015. Click here to find out what we’re looking for and to start your submission.

Half Day Idea to Final Draft Workshop

Want to publish or perform a story but not sure where to start and how to get the damn thing done? Join us for a half day workshop and we’ll make it happen together. We also offer these workshops in collaboration with other groups and organizations. We are currently developing the curriculum for this workshop and will begin offering the workshop in spring/summer 2015.

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 are taking a hiatus from running the eight week workshop in spring 2015 and instead will be offering drop-ins and half day intensives.