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. Plus the Miller Foundation is offering a $20,000 match if we can reach 200 members. Help us reach our goal and meet the match! Learn more here.

Join Us for Our Spring Readings

Bring your friends and family to hear our spring workshop participants read their published writing, celebrate the release of our 56th anthology, Still Light, and help us ring in our 20th year! See event details here.


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.