Write Around Portland

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Write Around Portland changes lives through the power of writing.

Bottom Line for Portland

Write Around Portland is a local arts and social action organization, that for 22-years has made Portland a city with more respect, writing and community. 

We run a creative writing and publishing program in partnership with social service agencies. We publish our writers through our 5 online platforms, print publications and readings. We also train and mentor writers in leading culturally-responsive and participant-centered writing workshops.  

Our work improves mental health, builds community and amplifies the voices and stories of under-represented communities.  


“You write something and you like it. You like yourself. You like the community.” - Kit, 2021 Write Around Portland writer 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Write Around Portland is an intersectional organization. Our writers, staff, volunteers and board are new, emerging and established writers from under-represented groups including people living below the federal poverty level, people of color, LGBTQ, women, people living with a disability and people living with mental health diagnoses.  

We host free bi-monthly BIPOC writing workshops. We take action each year on our Racial Equity plan. We share resources and engage our community in anti-racist work. We work to advance individual, organizational and sector-wide equity work. 

We continue to work towards a more humane, just and equitable world. 


Contribute $100 or more and you’ll receive a postcard featuring a Write Around Portland featured writer and a hand-written thank you note.  

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Year Founded: 1999

Tax ID: 841482706

Write Around Portland is in the Creative Expression category which is sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Trust

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