respect. writing. community. 

Office Closure and Programming Update

Based on recent developments in the evolving coronavirus situation, Write Around Portland will be suspending all in-person programming, workshops, meetings, volunteer shifts, and events starting March 12 through at least April 17. More info here.


Featured Writer Selena René

This past fall, Selena René participated in our workshop at OHSU Richmond Clinic, which serves Southeast Portland residents regardless of their ability to pay, insurance, income or background. Selena René’s poem, “Without a Word,” 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.