Respect. Writing. Community. 


Thank you to all who were able to join us at and donate to Raise Your Pen this year!

Thanks to donations from people like you, Write Around Portland is elevating under-represented voices and building more respectful and inclusive communities.     


Carol Poole

Read an interview with Carol and learn about her experience participating in Write Around Portland workshops.


We hold free creative writing workshops in hospitals, shelters, senior centers, prisons, schools and treatment facilities. We also hold workshops for a fee at Powell’s Books and HOTLIPS Pizza.                                                                                                        


We publish the stories of people who are often unheard in professionally-designed books. These books connect writers from our workshops with readers from the public.                                                                                                               


We celebrate and create access to stories we aren’t hearing elsewhere through our community readings. These readings promote respect and include diverse voices.