Celebrating 20 years of respect, writing and community. 

20th Anniversary Calendar of Events

2019 marks Write Around Portland’s 20th year! We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us in the celebration.

View our 2019 calendar of events 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.