Celebrating 20 years of respect, writing and community. 

Featured Writer: Julia Matakis

Read an interview with featured writer Julia Matakis and learn about her experience in a Write Around Portland workshop. 

You’re Invited to Join Inkwell

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we’re launching a campaign to reach 200 Inkwell members by 2020! Help us reach our 200 member goal. Learn more here.

Our Founding Story 

Read an interview with Write Around Portland co-founders Liza Halley and Ben Moorad and learn what inspired them to create Write Around Portland, how they did it and how the values of respect, writing and community were key in creating an environment where people can come together and see each other as full human beings. 


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.