If you wish to request an accommodation, please contact us one week before the scheduled event.

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.

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

West Side Community Reading and Book Release Party

Thursday, Dec 6 at 6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall, 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201

Featuring writers from workshops at:
The Alano Club of Portland • Community Partner for Affordable Housing, The Barcelona at Beaverton • Downtown Group • p:earHome Forward, Ruth Haefner PlazaHome Forward, Shrunk Riverview Tower •

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, Dec 12 at 6:30 pm at The Rosewood Initiative16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233

Featuring writers from workshops at:
Catholic Charities, Kateri Park/Esperanza CourtChemawa Indian School • Laurelhurst Village • NICU Families NWNorthStar ClubhouseOregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center • REACH Community Development, Allen Fremont Plaza and Walnut ParkRon Russell Middle School SUNSpringdale Job CorpsUnity Center for Behavioral HealthWhitewood Gardens

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!