Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not otherwise have access to writing and community.
Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, this dynamic 10 week workshop incorporates our favorite writing exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including freewriting; work with writing elements; strength-building feedback and early-draft revision. The workshop caps off with a community broadside.
Duration: 10 weeks
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Powell’s City of Books
Cost: $285 - Payment plans available
Cost includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powell's.”
Workshop facilitators with bios listed below.
Proceeds help fund Write Around Portland programs, including our free workshops in hospitals, treatment centers, schools, senior centers, prisons, low income housing buildings and homeless shelters.
Pre-registration is required and is limited to 12 adults per workshop.
NOTE: Spaces fill quickly! Call us (503.796.9224) to confirm there is space, to register and to discuss payment plan options.
2015 Prompt Workshop Facilitators:
Session 1 (Jan - Apr): Writing has been the only constant in life for Kellie Ernst (well, ok, breathing too). A word nerd by birth, and Medical Anthropologist by training, Kellie has witnessed the power of writing (especially in community) as salvation. With a few academic publications to date, chronicling tales and research data of pregnant teenagers, mothers who are abusing drugs and pediatric cancer survivors, she is inspired and driven to find a home and space for a multitude of creative writing pieces (mostly poetry and creative non-fiction). Kellie has facilitated Write Around Portland workshops for people who are incarcerated, low income housing residents, middle-schoolers, adults with developmental disabilities, adults living with mental illness, people in addiction recovery and burn survivors. These have been the most gratifying moments of her life. She wants to write with you.
Session 2 (Mar - May): Zoë Rudman received her BA from Occidental College. She has been volunteering with Write Around Portland since 2011 and has facilitated workshops for birth mothers and for adults and youth grieving the loss of a loved one. Zoë is an actress and the Acting Academy Manager at Oregon Children's Theatre. A play she wrote, "Hit", toured inner city high schools in Los Angeles, and her writing has been published in literary magazines.
Session 3 (May - July): Mary Kibbe engages with the practice and experience of writing in as many ways as she can fit into her schedule. She writes poetry and creative nonfiction, and has been a recipient of the Baumeister Fellowship in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University where she is pursuing her MFA degree. Mary is an assistant editor for TLR: The Literary Review as well as an editorial reader for Serving House Books. As a Write Around Portland volunteer, Mary has facilitated workshops for burn and trauma survivors, at-risk youth, and families living on a low income.
Session 4 (Sept - Oct ): Stacy Brewster has worked professionally in television, advertising, publishing and politics. His fiction and poetry have appeared most recently in The Summerset Review and qu.ee/r Magazine. Stacy has volunteered with Write Around Portland since 2007 and conducted workshops for burn trauma survivors, seniors and low-income adults living with disabilities, and many others. In 2011, inspired by the sense of community he felt in Write Around workshops, Stacy co-founded the Full Frontal Writing Collective, a weekly collaboration with six other Portland writers.
Session 5 (Oct - Dec): Sara Guest (bio coming soon)
What Prompt participants are saying about their experience:
"Whether you’ve been writing for eons or have never shared your writing within a group, this experience is not to be missed."
"Prompt opened my writing in different ways. It pushed me past an extended period of writers' block into a new period of creativity."
"Prompt was fun and inspirational and a great place to meet other people who share the same passion."
"It's well worth the time, effort and money. You'll surprise yourself!"
"It was an amazing experience! I've always wanted to do something like this but was afraid to try until now."
"I felt exhilarated after each workshop. I'm inspired!"
"If you're in a rut, Prompt will get you out. If you're lacking confidence in your writing, it will build you up. And if you don't think you have a unique voice, it will prove you wrong!"
"I loved it! Prompt was everything I'd hoped for and more than I expected. Everyone should take it!"
"The facilitator was well-prepared, inclusive, supportive and an excellent writer."
"Prompt was like a door for me - it opened up my creative side again after a long time. I loved the non-pressure vibe."
"I loved the inclusive, community-building part of the workshop experience."
"This was an incredible experience. It's hard to express how much this has really impacted me and made me feel so much more confident about my writing."
"The facilitator was fabulous!"
"The sense of community was strong. It was a wonderfully diverse group of people that likely would not have otherwise met."
"It was great! Prompt helped me gain confidence and excitement about my writing."
"This is a great way to stretch yourself, deepen your experience of who you are as a person and a writer."
"I really enjoyed coming together with people from all walks of life and different age groups. It reminded me of what we share as humans - joys and sorrows."