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Remote Programs in 2021

Join us this fall for a “drop-in” online creative writing workshop every other Thursday. Open to all.

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) online creative writing workshops led by BIPOC facilitators every second and fourth Friday.

Prompt Online returns in September. 10-week generative writing workshop designed to inspire the writing life. Learn more here.

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

Interested in exploring online or by-mail creative writing workshops at your agency? Fill out our contact form.

Write Around Portland’s office remains closed to the public and all in-person programming is suspended until further notice. More info here.

Thank you again to everyone who joined us for our virtual 2021 Raise Your Pen event! We heard from Write Around Portland writers; wrote together in small groups led by our trained facilitators; heard from slam poet and Write Around Portland Board Member Marisol Tawadros; and felt inspired by the power of writing to connect us and heal us. Together, we raised $48,300 to support mental health, reduce isolation and amplify stories we need to hear. 


Special thanks to featured writers Dorothy DworkinBalinda Olive-BeltranHolly KlingerAddylen VasquezGeorge Hagerman and Eliana Ramirez who shared their powerful and inspiring writing with us at Raise Your Pen this year.

Hear them read their work and check out more highlights from the event on our YouTube channel 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.