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.

Bottom Line for Portland

This year, WAP wrote with, published and celebrated the voices of more than 450 people. Its workshops have inspired participants to complete their GEDs, attend college, stick with treatment programs, transition back into the community after incarceration, and break cycles of abuse.

“After reading a poem published in a Write Around Portland anthology, I have been more mindful of people in my community whose lives are more precarious than mine… I have been challenged by a single poem to open my eyes—and my heart—a little wider.” —Putsata Reang, Write Around Portland donor and volunteer


How far does a $10 donation go with your organization?

Each week, for the full 10 weeks of a writing workshop, a participant receives a postcard in the mail from their facilitator, encouraging them in their writing. $10 provides ongoing encouragement and support for someone’s creative voice.

How far does a $50 donation go with your organization?

$50 provides the training and support needed for a volunteer to become a facilitator for a Write Around Portland workshop.

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