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Writing Workshops at Powell's Books


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.

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 options.

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        2016 Sessions at Powell's City of Books

Session 1:
Ten weeks, week of Jan 25 – week of Mar 28
Registration Open
Session 2:
Ten weeks, week of Mar 28 – week of May 30
Registration Open
Session 3:
Ten weeks, week of May 9 – week of Jul 11
Registration Open
Session 5:
Ten weeks, week of Sep 26 – week of Dec 5 (skip the week of Nov 21)
Registration Open

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Location: Powell’s City of Books

1005 W. Burnside, downtown Portland

Cost: $300 - Payment plans available

Cost includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powell's.”

Workshop facilitators listed below.

NEW for 2016: We're in Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing

Location: Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005 


Community Writing Workshops

Want just a taste of our Prompt workshops? Join Write Around Portland and Powell’s Books to experience the transformative power of writing in community. These 2-hour workshops are perfect for the new and seasoned writer. Attend one, attend them all.

Dates: 4 Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Cost: $30 per session


Prompt at Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing

Come write in Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. This workshop will take place in a small event space, with many opportunities to be inspired by and write with the thousands of books in the store.

Dates: 10 Tuesdays, February 23 – April 26

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Cost: $300 - Payment plans available


2016 Prompt Workshop Facilitators

                      Facilitators for 2016 will be announced by Dec 15.





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."