A workshop is an opportunity for the participants to learn something – a concept, a skill, something about themselves or something about others. It is also an opportunity to network: to make new connections and to solidify existing ones.
Workshops have been part of the IMsL/IMsBB Weekend for many years. Over 700 leather/kink/BDSM women and those who love them come together for the weekend from all over the world. For many, this is their first major event and want to build a foundation with skills and concepts at the beginner level. For others, they have been attending for years and want to learn something new, different or at an advanced level. Based on this diverse audience, the workshops vary in content, skill level and topics. Think about creating workshops that you may not have taught before or to push your existing workshops up to the next skill level!
These are the general things we are looking for:
● Is the topic likely to be of interest to the attendees?
● Is it different from the other workshop submissions?
● Is this an intermediate or advanced workshop?
● Is the presenter experienced and knowledgeable of this topic?
● Does the structure of the workshop include a significant learning activity?
● Does the structure of the workshop provide for an opportunity to exchange with others?
● Is the submission complete and accurate including picture and bio?
● Has IMsL Productions or IMsL Foundation worked with the presenter before and what was the experience? What were the scores and comments from previous workshops?
● Have they presented workshops at other events within or outside their home community? Do they have good references?
Additionally, the IMsL/IMsBB Weekend is committed to ending the “ISMs” in our communities and see the diversity of our community reflected in our workshops. Weencourage presenters who are part of the underrepresented communities we have identified through our surveys (People of Color, Trans Women, People Under 35 and the Accessibility community) to submit workshop proposals. We also want all of our presenters to be aware of how the “ISMs” can impact their content in all the workshops. The following criteria reflect that continuing focus in 2018:
● Does the presenter’s proposal reflect awareness of, sensitivity toward, and inclusion of People of Color, Trans Women, Under 35 and/or Accessibility communities?
● Is this a workshop that would be of interest to a Person of Color, a Trans Woman, a Person Under 35 and/or a Person in the Accessibility community?
● Is the presenter themselves a Person of Color, a Trans Woman, a Person Under 35 and/or a Person in the Accessibility community?
Note: We will be talking about these criteria in the March workshop meeting that, if your workshop is selected, you will be invited to join. We will post the recordings from 2017 so that you can review these guidelines before you submit a workshop on how to create a more inclusive workshop. If you have questions or would like to talk in more detail about creating safe space for our underrepresented communities, you can reach out to the Education Committee (email@example.com) or our liaisons:
Trans Women: TBD
People Under 35: Jewel
You will see that in the workshop proposal you have the option to complete the demographics portion as part of the submission process. The Education Committee will have this information during the review process, which is part of the selection criteria.
If you have taught before, your workshop scores and comments from previous years are also included in the selection decisions.
NOTE: If you are a new presenter or if your workshop is not selected, please consider participating in the 12T Workshop (Submitting proposals for 12-minute talks that are evaluated by the audience during the workshop). The top presenter in this workshop is offered a workshop slot for the following year. This can provide valuable experience at the IMsL/IMsBB Weekend and a chance to “dip your toes” into the workshop facilitating world!