$15,805 raised from 216 donors
Goal: $16,000 from donors
Write Around Portland


Write Around Portland changes lives through the power of writing by bringing free creative writing workshops to prisons, shelters, senior centers, low-income housing buildings, schools, hospitals and other social service agencies. Following each workshop season we publish each participants’ writing in a professionally-designed anthology and host community readings to celebrate these voices that all too often go unheard.

Bottom Line for Portland

This past year, Write Around Portland provided 40 free ten-week creative writing workshops for 446 adults and young people who have the least access to arts. Ninety-four percent of participants reported improved confidence and a stronger sense of community due to their participation.

"It's opened a lot of doors for me and I'm happier. It's like the light that was lit in me had been blown out and now it's been lit again."

—Ricky Bealer-Casias, Write Around Portland featured writer

Oregon Cultural Trust Nonprofit Partner