Pre-Con Workshops


Pre-Con Workshops


ALL WRITE! All You Need to Know to Turn Your Idea into a Polished Piece of Writing

Friday, September 15, 2017  –  1:30pm-4:30pm

CatalystCon Registration NOT Required

Do you wish you were a better writer? Does a writing opportunity scare you into procrastination, embarrassment, self-doubt, or writing paralysis? Would it benefit you personally and professionally if you were confident about your writing ability? Whether you want to blog, write articles or books, or just express yourself better in writing, this hands-on workshop will enhance your skills and put a zing in your style. News flash: it doesn’t take talent or a graduate degree–it’s much easier than you think! This lively, 3-hour class will teach you a 6-Step Writing Process that will give your writing power and punch — and you’ll enjoy doing it. Bring a page of writing that needs some work, or some ideas for an article or blog post, or a project that you’ve been putting off. Watch your writing skill bloom with the simple techniques you’ll learn here. Joan Price, author of 8 books and thousands of articles, has earned her living with her writing for the past 30+ years.

You must purchase a ticket to this program separately from CatalystCon conference registration. Register here.

Pricing: $59 for the class or $99 for the class + 20-minute private writing critique.

Note: Student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: “senior sexpert” and her favorite—”wrinkly sex kitten.”

Joan has been writing books about senior sex since 2005. Her latest is The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain – or Regain – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life (Cleis Press). She also wrote the spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty and the award-winning, self-help guide, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex. She edited the steamy senior sex anthology, Ageless Erotica.

Joan Price continues to talk out loud about senior sex – partnered or solo – in speeches and workshops, and on her zesty blog about sex and aging — – which includes senior sex news, views, and reviews of about a hundred sex toys from a senior perspective. She writes the “Sex at Our Age” column for Joan travels throughout the US and internationally giving presentations and now also shares her expertise via webinars. She received the 2015 Catalyst Award for “inspiring exceptional conversations in sexuality.” Please subscribe to her occasional newsletter, “News, views, and events from Joan Price,” at News from Joan Price.

Anatomy & Neurology for Educators

Friday, September 15, 2017 – 12:00pm-5:00pm

CatalystCon Registration NOT Required

Based on their class The Anatomy & Physiology of Sensation & Pleasure, sexologists Robert Morgan Lawrence and Carol Queen are back with a special class for sex educators (academically-trained and community-based) to help you use this information in your own work. If you haven’t learned this body-based information about neurology and diverse sources of turn-on and pleasure — and most people have not had access to this perspective even in academic programs — you’re not explaining or exploring it all, since knowledge of how the body works increases your own ability to communicate information about sexual and kinky practices.

Dr. Robert Lawrence can demonstrate at least 15 – 25 senses, and learning about many more senses helps optimize anyone’s erotic journey and broadens your ability to communicate about sexuality to your audiences. Whether you want to teach about sexuality (or already do) or just fully explore your sensual self, this sexy anatomy intensive is a must.

You’ll learn to:

  • Teach people how to optimize erotic and/or kinky play and find new combinations of touch and stimulation that can make sex play hotter.
  • Learn and teach some of the body-based reasons people like the things they do.
  • Understand the body’s nerve basics, and beyond.

You’ll also learn:

  • Why any of the senses can be a person’s erotic focus, or optimize sex/kink exploration.
  • Why “all bodies start out as female” is a myth…close, but not quite.
  • How every part of male, female, and intersex genitals have parts that are comparable – none of us are opposite sexes.

Join us for a thoroughly mind-opening tour of the body and how to talk about it, with way more area covered than just that enticing area between the legs. Learn how senses can be a source of erotic inspiration and diversity! This is especially relevant for kinky sorts who already think of the entire body as their canvas. But professionals and teachers generally do not have this information either. Robert and Carol are out to fix that, and are writing a book about it with their partner Dina Fayer. Robert has been teaching sex since 1973 after being trained by his sex educator mom and drag queen grandfather. He is the pioneer traveling sex educator and does not make many public appearances since becoming disabled, so sign on for a rare and inspiring experience.

You must purchase a ticket to this program separately from CatalystCon conference registration. Register here.

Pricing: $99

Note: Student discount does not apply to this workshop.

About the teachers: Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence, Ed.D. has a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality and holds another doctorate in health care, which informs his perspective. He’s served as a sex industry consultant, educator, media voice, and academic author, and has lectured nationally and internationally about human sexuality and health since 1973. He’s been active as a San Francisco model sex educator since 1980, has done most every kind of sex work, and is also the rare person who has been published in both academic and popular press about sex. He and his partner Dr. Carol Queen co-founded the Center for Sex & Culture. Since 1999 Robert has been disabled with a chronic pain condition that limits mobility.

Dr. Carol Queen is staff sexologist and Company Historian at Good Vibrations, the women-founded sex shop, where she has worked since 1990. She is the co-author of The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone. A noted cultural sexologist whose work has been widely published, she’s written or edited several other books as well. She has been speaking publicly about sexuality for 40 years. She has addressed many conferences; she frequently speaks to college as well as general and specialized audiences. Queen co-founded the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco.

But Wait, There’s More!  Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Ability and MORE with Sexuality and Desire

with Yoseñio V Lewis & Melody Anne

Friday, September 15, 2017  –  10:00am-12:30pm

This workshop is FREE and open to everyone

They look so good and cause that familiar thump, thump, thump in your jeans. You want to do more than have casual chat with them…and then the fear comes up. What about the difference? Will they say no because of it? Will you shy away from asking or pleading because of it? Will a mutual opportunity for connection be lost because all involved are confused/unaware of how to acknowledge/address the difference? What happens when desire bumps up against race, class, ability, kink interest, health (mental and physical) or healthcare access and/or changes to the political climate? Join us as we explore the intersections of race, class, ability and more with sexuality and desire.

  • KA POW the notion that race has to be fetishized!
  • PUNCH up the connection between desire and class/politics!
  • SPLAT the taboos surrounding sexuality, disability and illness!
  • KRUSH the fear of mental health or political implications distancing desire!

We want to have an exciting, thick, rich, pulsating conversation on the intersections of race, class, ability, health and politics with desire and sexuality. Bring your questions, bring your desires, bring your address books! ALL are welcome!


Get Booked: Everything You Need to Know about Marketing your Workshops and Events

Friday, September 15, 2017 – 10:30am-12:30pm

CatalystCon Registration NOT Required

After two years of working as a workshop coordinator for a sex shop and three years of presenting my own shows and workshops I’ve learned a few things about getting booked at shops and venues. Creating a workshop or event can be a great way to promote the work you do, find new followers or clients and further your reach beyond your current audience. However figuring out what steps to take once you’ve created content and prepared a presentation can be overwhelming.

What shops or venues should you approach? Who do you contact once you’ve found a venue? What do you need to include in your workshop proposal? These questions can be difficult to answer even for seasoned speakers. So where do you begin?

In this workshop I will guide you through the process of finding the shop or venue that fits your style and needs, the proper way to reach out to venues, and everything you need to know about putting together and submitting your workshop or event proposal. I will also give you tips and resources that will help shops and venues market your event and advice from other workshop coordinators from around the country.

You must purchase a ticket to this program separately from CatalystCon conference registration. Register here.

Pricing: $50

Note: Student discount does not apply to this workshop.

About Lola: Dirty Lola is a storyteller, sex educator, sex toy peddler, and the creator and host of the live sex Q&A / go-go show and podcast Sex Ed A Go-GoDuring the last six years, she has shared her distinctive brand of kickass body and sex-positivity and her personal journey into the kink and polyamorous lifestyles with the masses on and off stage. Lola has taken Sex Ed A Go-Go across the country from New York City to Los Angeles and beyond. She has performed and presented at various conferences and expos such as Catalyst Con, SHE and AVN, and during sex week at Baruch College and UNM. When she’s not traveling and spreading the sex positive gospel you can find her behind the counter at Shag Brooklyn where she also runs the workshop program.


Mind Your Business and Taxes for the Sex Positive Professional 

Friday, September 15, 2017 – 1:00pm-4:30pm

CatalystCon Registration NOT Required

Are you ready to shift your attention from spreading sheets to spreadsheets?

Learn everything you need to know from a former IRS Agent who is also a Sexologist to manage your business, organize your records, and understand the basics of taxes. We will cover many issues so you will have confidence during the year and not feel overwhelmed when tax time comes around.

This class is a safe non-judgmental space to discuss our unique field from a business and tax perspective to answer your questions, share our stories…and enjoy my memorable audits to keep you amused and educated. Handouts, resources, and bookkeeping templates will be provided.

Whether you’re thinking about starting your business or you’re an experienced professional looking for a little extra guidance this class is for all…we will address the following:

  • Selecting Your Self-Employed Business Entity: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, and LLCs – what’s the difference and why it should matter to you.
  • Points you need to know before starting your own business: includes general city/state/federal requirements.
  • Minimum Record Keeping Requirements: would you pass or fail in a tax audit? Addressing manual/computerized records, and when “Oral Testimony” is accepted in lieu of documents/records.
  • How to easily organize your records for your business and taxes, yes…easily.
  • Properly reporting your income; cash business, bank accounts, invoicing.
  • Learn the unique and typical business tax deductions of a Sex Positive Professional, Therapist, Sexologist, Sex Coach, Sex Worker, etc.
  • How & Why to keep a contemporaneous business/appointment calendar that the IRS will Love to support your business expenses for auto/mileage, travel, meals and entertainment, and more.
  • Home Office or Outside Office? pros/cons, tax requirements and methods.
  • Independent Contractor (1099M) vs. Employees (W-2): requirements as a payer/payee and employer/employee, self-employment taxes vs. state/fed withholdings; and other payroll taxes.
  • How to handle common IRS, state, and local government inquiries; collection issues, and Installment Agreements.
  • Audits – quick and dirty questions/answers; how to handle yourself, or when to ask for professional help.
  • Working abroad, Foreign Income, Investments, and Foreign Bank Accounts, how it affects your annual U.S. Income Tax reporting requirements.

You must purchase a ticket to this program separately from CatalystCon conference registration. Register here.

Pricing: $99

Note: Student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Dr. Marylou Naccarato is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, Speaker, and Life Coach at; and currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the American College of Sexologists International.

In her previous 23 year career as an IRS Revenue Agent, she conducted over 8,500 tax audits which she now parlays her highly developed refined skills in interviewing and evaluating sensitive information as a consummate Clinical Sexologist. While at the IRS, she also served as an advocate in the – Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO) for the Los Angeles region representing over 3,000 IRS employees; addressed and resolved disability issues in the workplace, and represented the IRS in community outreach programs.

Currently an Enrolled Agent and Tax Accountant in private practice for 9 years.

As a Sexologist in private practice, works with individuals and couples; conducts explicit entertaining sex and relationship workshops for all people who desire to heighten their sensuality and intimacy. Dr. Marylou has presented at numerous disability conferences, sexuality conferences, and student/professional clinician trainings.

Dr. Marylou speaks from her point of view as a “Little Person” standing at 3’11” tall. If you think SIZE matters she’s America’s Little Sexologist talking about Sex and Life Strategies in a BIG way.

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