Lots of people ask how they can be involved with the Red Umbrella Diaries if they can’t get to New York to see or perform in the show. The Blog Carnival is a way for sex workers and their allies to participate in the Red Umbrella Diaries from afar. Every month, I do a carnival of pieces of writing on the upcoming event’s theme.
For the next event, which takes place on August 5, the theme is Well Seasoned: Stories of Pros with Some Experiences Under Their Belts. Here’s a little something to get you started thinking:
Most people in the sex trade remember what it felt like to step into a dungeon, peep booth, dimly lit stage, brothel, clientâ€™s hotel room, or car for the first time. But what happens after the shine of being the new girl wears off, after the young hustler canâ€™t pretend heâ€™s never done this before?
Send me a piece that is up to 700 words long, and I’ll pick my favorite to read at the event – and of course then I’ll put the recording in the new Red Umbrella Diaries audio podcast. Your piece can be previously published on your own blog or elsewhere, or you can conceal your identity and email me a piece that you can’t put your name on. The themes can be interpreted all kinds of different ways, I love to see creativity. Send your links or text to email@example.com by July 15th.