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20th Anniversary Calendar of Events



2019 marks Write Around Portland’s 20th year! We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us in the celebration.

View our 2019 calendar of events here!

Community Readings

Twice a year, in May and December, Write Around Portland holds readings featuring participants in our free community writing workshops. Our readings promote respect for diverse groups and provide an opportunity to hear the powerful stories of gifted writers in our workshops. Few Portland events include so many diverse voices.

This year we are celebrating 20 years of writers! We’ll have cake, an anthology retrospective to share and new pieces from our 2019 workshop participants.

Readings are free, ADA-accessible and open to the public.

West Side Community Reading and Book Release Party

Thursday, May 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall, 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201

Featuring writers from workshops at:
The Alano Club of PortlandAlbertina Kerr, HillsboroBoys & Girls Aid, Safe Place for YouthHarsch Investment Properties, 1200 BuildingHome Forward, Gallagher PlazaHome Forward, Medallion ApartmentsHome Forward, Williams PlazaInnovative Housing, Erickson FritzLifeWorks NW, Adolescent Day Treatment ProgramMaybelle Center for CommunityNew Avenues for Youth

First United Methodist Church is located at the corner of SW 18th and Jefferson St. at the Goose Hollow MAX stop and near a number of TriMet bus stops. There is also limited onsite parking available.

Books will be available for purchase. Free guided playtime for children is provided.

East Side Community Reading and Book Release Party

Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Rosewood Initiative16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233

Featuring writers from workshops at:
Albertina Kerr, East PortlandChemawa Indian SchoolHome Forward, Fairview OaksHome Forward, Holgate HouseSerendipity CenterWhitewood Gardens Residential Care Facility

The Rosewood Initiative is located in the Village Square shopping center at SE 162nd Ave and SE Stark St (next to Su Casa Super Mercado) and is one block from the Max Blue Line. Ample free parking is available at the Village Square shopping center.

Books will be available for purchase. 

Raise Your Pen

Thank You!

A huge thank you again to everyone who was able to join us for and donate to Raise Your Pen last week! Thank you for raising your pen to the power of writing! 

Together we raised more than $75,000 to continue bringing creative writing workshops to adults and youth in shelters, prisons, hospitals and social service agencies. 

Save the date for Raise Your Pen 2019 on October 11th!