To change lives through the power of writing by bringing free creative writing workshops to prisons, shelters, senior centers, schools, hospitals and treatment facilities. Following a workshop season, Write Around Portland publishes the stories of each participant in a professionally designed anthology and hosts community readings to celebrate these stories that all too often go unheard.
Bottom Line for Portland
Since 1999, Write Around Portland has run more than 600 writing workshops, unleashing the creative power of more than 5,000 people. More than 90 percent of workshop participants report improved confidence and self-esteem, an increased ability to connect with others, and a stronger sense of community due to their participation.
“I write because it’s the only way I can be heard.” —Dianna, Write Around Portland workshop participant