Skillshare Workshops

Skillshare workshops on community-led topics to help you upskill. 

Dealing out tricks of the trade.

Bigger Sister Channel workshops are run once a month in person or online, with a different “Bigger Sister” expert presenter for each session. Majority of our in person workshops are held in Melbourne but in 2023 we expanded to hosting Admin Days in Brisbane. With enough interest and community effort, we hope to extend our workshops to a city near you.

Each workshop is “future proofed” in a variety of ways so the knowledge remains accessible via our platforms for the community. We are also creating supplementary materials to support your learning.

We work in collaboration with skilled sex workers and experts. Educators and learners come together to trade vital skills, expertise, knowledge, resources, tools and capabilities to help sex workers work in a healthy, safe, and sustainable way. Most importantly, presenters are self-elected, that means if you have the skills, we will help you facilitate a peer-to-peer education workshop.

Topics are community-lead, so they can be on anything that helps you: screening, mental health, copywriting, touring, content creation, kink, safety, health, burnout, SEO and more

Got skills to share?  Contact us here.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

ROUNDTABLE: Exchanging experiences about touring interstate

Roundtable discussion
Online, Google Meets
May 22nd

1-3pm (AEDT)

Have you considered planning a tour around Australia but too scared to take the step? No idea how to get started? Join our touring roundtable held by our workshop facilitator and touring escort Rain Morgan, to ask all of your questions and swap tips and tricks with your peers.

ROUNDTABLE: Newbie SWs. What to know when getting started

Roundtable discussion
Online, Google Meets
August 6th

1-3pm (AEDT)

Join us for a roundtable casual workshop for new and experienced workers sharing tips and tricks on what would be helpful to know when joining any facet of the industry. From health checks, brothel intro’s, writing your first ad, how to decide to shift from brothel to private, and more.

How to set up your superannuation

with Justin Knowles
In-person, Melbourne
May 27th

1-3pm

This workshop conducted by Justin Knowles from Services Australia will explore in a easy to understand way what is superannuation and what that means to a sex worker. We will cover the basics of different super funds and how to choose one, how to utilise it to save for your retirement, when you can access your super and how,  the different investment types and more.

Diving deeper into Super

with Seth Patel
In-person, Melbourne
June 11th

1-3pm

Diving deeper into super is a more detailed look into superannuacti0n run by qualified accountant Seth Patel just prior to the end of the financial year, where you can come and ask all of your super related questions.

A deep dive into the mechanics and benefits of Super, focusing on self managed super funds, how to set them up, how to invest, manage them and more.

FUTUREPROOFED WORKSHOPS

What does ‘futureproof’ mean?

If you futureproof something, you design or change it to be useful or accessible in the future. Since not everyone who wants to attend in-person workshops can, the team at Bigger Sister Channel are continually working with our workshop presenters to provide digital resources that contain useful content long after they’ve been presented.

Intro to EOFY taxes

Futureproofed

Intro to tax is an introductory workshop run by qualified accountant Seth Patel just prior to the end of the financial year, where you can come and ask all of your tax related questions.

Want to know about the different taxes applicable and claim the maximum deductions for our industry? Come join us at the workshop.

SEO for FSSW

Futureproofed

SEO is the practice of optimising your website to increase its ranking on Google (and other search engines). This improved visibility should then generate more traffic to your website, and in turn, hopefully, you will gain more clients.

Natalia Violet, a full service sex worker who has professional experience in the SEO sector guides sex workers through answering the question, what is SEO and is it worth it for FSSWers?

Diversify your advertising

Futureproofed

Keen to up your game when it comes to your marketing and advertising? Ready to go to the next level but also would like some assistance to get there?

You're in luck because this roundtable workshop is designed to discuss all things advertising. Join us for our roundtable discussion, a more casual, horizontally designed peer-to-peer style workshop, where everyone is an expert in their own life. We will share our experiences, failures and wins when it comes to diversifying your advertising, why it’s best to not only advertise on one spot, options for free ads, and more

How to manage a budget, save and pay off debts easily and effortlessly

Futureproofed

This presentation focuses on ways to manage our money and the basics of budgeting, debt, and saving. Topics will include: prioritising money and budgeting, debt basics and types of borrowing, dealing with debt, how to create savings, and more. This workshop will include resources that can be accessed via Services Australia.

Kink items for your toy bag

Futureproofed

In this in-person workshop particpants learnt all about what goes along with creating a kink bag. Where to begin & what to buy.

Covering the basic equipment for beginners & how to expand over time. 

Data Sets 101

Futureproofed

This data sets workshops will guide you through how to quickly and easily make your data comprehensible through data visualisation and share strategies to convey complex information in intuitive and impactful ways.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of data collection, data types and keeping your data consistent and well formatted.

Photography tips & tricks with Silk Lab

Futureproofed

Lauren AKA Silk Lab is a Melbourne based photographer and long time industry ally specialising in advertising & content photography for sex workers.

In this futureproofed version of the workshop, many of the tactile, motor skills can't be captured, but we have preserved the knowledge and principles to help you with your at home photography

Creating Content at any size: A beginners guide on content creation

Futureproofed

Lex has been a part of the SW community 14 years & has undergone a drastic change to her appearance in recent years, all while still working in multiple facets of the industry.

Due to her experience in creating & selling her content at various different body sizes, Lex is here to present a workshop to teach you the ‘how to’ when it comes to the online market & to not only maximise your confidence but also your income streams.

Shibari

Futureproofed

Sex industry professionals often have very different needs and pathways in their journeys with ropes to lifestyle practitioners. This workshop gave a quick pathway to basic proficiency with ropes for use in professional contexts while still focusing on the connective nature of the practice.

When using rope in a professional context there is often little margin for error, and clients can be unforgiving compared to an intimate partner. As such, we covered the essentials of safety, holding space, tying with feeling and creating connection.

Sai shared rope handling techniques, a multitude of soft skills and their unique flavor of connective practices in ropes.

Copywriting

Futureproofed

From writing your copy in five minutes, to exercises to help you identify your brand, this workshop covered a range of topics related to how you present yourself as a worker.

In this futureproofed version, Estelle walks through her presentation with Lex and talks about incorporating branding, marketing and style into your written copy.

Brothel Tips & Tricks

with the team at Bigger Sister Channel

In this recorded Twitter Space roundtable discussion, the team at Bigger Sister Channel delve into numerous topics such as: extras, getting an ABN, condom use, shaving or brushing teeth before a booking, listerine, how to fire broth clients, shift work obligations, brothel standards and practices, how to navigate brothels that break the law and put you in danger and changes to brothels under decriminalisation. If you enjoyed this Twitter Space discussion, let us know and we can host more!

Are you our next lived experience expert?

We’re here to collaborate.

Our platform hosts, curates and promotes educational content for sex workers, created in partnership with our community.

It’s a stage for our diverse community to share our voice, fostering the trade of experience and expertise between sex workers across Australia.

Every sex worker enters the industry in need of something; sometimes, we get out ahead.

But what happens if we left something behind for those coming up?

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PAST WORKSHOPS

Navigating your pleasure at work

with Cece Barker

In this workshop, Cece Barker will take you on a journey of self exploration through guided embodiment practices that will enhance your understanding of what you like/dislike.

She believes this will not only allow you to feel more pleasure in your body, but to take what you learn from this workshop and bring it into your work by showing clients what pleasures you.

Money Matters

With Justin Knowles from Services Australia

In another successful financial literacy workshop by sex worker friendly Financial Information Service Officer at Services Australia (Centrelink) Justin Knowles, we covered the basics setting up super as a sex worker. For those looking to retire with financial security, this one was for you!

Branding Kit Workshop with Charlie Bear

with Charlie Bear

In this workshop, participants were guided by sex worker and design specialist Charlie Bear (they/them) to create unique professional branding kits to elevate our business in an interactive workshop.

By upping our design game, this improves our credibility and professionalism as a small owner operated business. Charlie went through it all, branding board, colour schemes, font and heading designs,  relevant design principles to guide you to produce your own unique branding kit.

Organising sex worker cooperatives

with Mama B

With decriminalisation now in Victoria, this introduction into worker cooperatives for sex workers, is a blend of learning, inspiring, imagining, and just plain conjuring up what we really, really, want.

There will be a set of slides to work through and a few work-sheets to get through. You will be walked through the basics of a feasibility analysis built specifically for worker co-ops and we will assess what could work.

Want to support our community project?

Bigger Sister Channel is now accepting financial donations for those who share our vision and want to support our mission. Donations go to operation costs, providing free workshops, compensating expert presenters, developing peer-to-peer education content, having monthly giveaway and supporting sex workers in need or crisis.

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