respect. writing. community. 

Office Closure and Programming Update

The Write Around Portland office will remain closed and all in-person programming will remain suspended until further notice. More info here.

Join us for an online creative writing workshop every Wednesday from 4-5:30pm or Thursday from 11am-12:30pm.

Follow @writearoundpdx on Facebook and Twitter and watch for writing prompts, pieces from our participants and other inspirations!


Featured Writer Judith Essien

This past fall, Judith Essien participated in our workshop at Multnomah County HIV Health Services Center for people living with HIV. Judith’s poem, “In Spite of Everything,” was published in our 57th anthology of community writing, Close-up Mirrors/Los espejos de cerca. Read it 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.