How to Plan Your Own DIY Workshop
By Nicole Mazzeo
You, too can put on a workshop! You don’t need to be an official “educator” or have certification (or even a college degree).
You do need passion for the subject and willingness to put time and effort into it. And you should know a good amount about the topic you’re going to cover. I recommend reading things on the internet (or, you know, books) – and fact checking anything you want to use. You can do it!
Steps for making your workshop happen:
1. Come up with a concept for your workshop.
What are you interested in talking about and/or exploring with a group of people? What are you excited about right now?
2. Come up with a name for your workshop, and write a brief description of what it’s about.
What’s the point? What will participants get out of it? Come up with one or more concrete goals for the workshop.
3. Find somewhere that you can reserve space affordably (ideally for free).
If you’re in Boston, this list of supportive venues will seriously help you out. One approach is to email places, include the workshop name and description in your email, and ask if they will let you use their space for your workshop.
4. Set a date and time with the venue.
5. Tell people about your workshop!
6. Make an outline of your workshop.
7. Make handouts.
Make some resource lists, zines, a print out of a relevant blog post you wrote, etc. to pass out. Optional, but it’s nice to give people something to look at and take home.
8. Show up and make it happen!
Be friendly, actually listen to people, and have fun. It’s okay if everything doesn’t go perfectly.
I hope this is helpful! Also, for lots more tips and resources on organizing sexuality events, including free sexuality graphics, discussion outlines, good places to find sexuality info, check out the Resources for Sexuality Educators & Activists page on our website.
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