Celebrating 20 years of respect, writing and community.
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.