Celebrating 20 years of respect, writing and community. 

Thank you to all who came to Raise Your Pen! 

You helped us raise $88,000 to help change lives and build community through the power of writing. 

Watch our program video here.

Featured Writer: Lily Sunset

Read an interview with featured writer Lily Sunet and learn about her experience in a Write Around Portland workshop. 


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.