Workshop series: The Drop-In

Solicited advice for trans & gender diverse folks starting out in the creative industries.

Illustration of a cluttered bedroom with text (as below) on an easel.
Poster art: Dawn Iris Dangkomen.

All through May 2022, I’m running five online workshops for trans/nonbinary/gender diverse folks on starting out in the creative industries, featuring an all-star line up:

  • Sun 8 May – dance – Raina Peterson (they/them) – book
  • Tue 10 May – writing/editing – Maddee Clark (he/him) – book
  • Tue 17 May – media – Jinghua Qian (ey/em) – book
  • Tue 24 May – music – June Jones (she/her) – book
  • Tue 31 May – comedy – Cassie Workman (she/her) – book

They’re all free, you can join from anywhere in the world, and you can come to as few or as many as you like. More info at the booking links above. Can’t wait!

Workshop: How to talk to journalists

A workshop for members of marginalised, underrepresented and misrepresented groups on how to assess and respond to media requests. Presented by freelance reporter Jinghua Qian with support from the Foundation for Young Australians.

Sat 12 Feb 2022
2pm to 3:30pm
online via Zoom
free – register hereadd to cal

Why?

People from marginalised backgrounds often have good reason to distrust the media. At the same time, it can be a valuable way of getting your voice heard. So I wanted to offer a workshop on how to talk to journalists without feeling like you’re losing control of your own story.

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Recent interviews

Since I started teaching, I’ve said yes to every student journalist who’s wanted to interview me in the hopes that it earns karma for my students.

Not sure if that’s an effective strategy, but here are a couple of the stories: I spoke to Swinburne’s The Wind Down podcast about the Chinese video games industry clamping down on queer narratives, and Robbie Mason from USyd’s Pulp mag about freelancing in this economy.

The Wind Down Ep 23 (Spotify/Apple Podcasts/other platforms)

Underpaid, exploited, revolutionary: how freelance writers in Australia battled the pandemic | 11 October 2021, Robbie Mason, Pulp

Not For Broadcast | The Saturday Paper

‘[Evading censorship] felt a lot like a game, actually – a futile yet addictive game that made your heart race as you tried to jump from story to story, ducking and weaving, squeezing as much as you could through an ever-shrinking space.’

For The Saturday Paper’s culture section, I wrote about reliving the anxiety and adrenaline of working as a journalist in China while playing the dystopian newsroom simulation game Not for Broadcast. Read it here.