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 workshop incorporates many of our favorite writing exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including freewriting; work with writing elements; strength-building feedback and early-draft revision. The Prompt workshop caps off with a community broadside.
2010: Ten Thursdays: October 7 - December 16
(skipping Thanksgiving holiday)
2011: Ten Mondays, February 21 - April 25
Additional 2011 workshops TBA
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, downtown Portland
Workshop Facilitators - Thomas Cordova, Robyn Steely (bios below)
Payment plans available.
Cost includes free parking, snacks
and access to the “Bowels of Powells”
All proceeds go toward funding Write Around Portland programs, including workshops for people affected by HIV/AIDS, veterans living with PTSD, teen parents, those with physical or mental disabilities, people living in low income housing and others without access because of income, isolation or other barriers.
Registration is limited to 12 adults per workshop. IMPORTANT NOTE: Spaces fill quickly! Please call ahead (503.796.9224) to confirm there is space, to register and to discuss payment plan options.
Prompt Workshop Facilitators:
October 2010 workshop facilitator Thomas Cordova has facilitated numerous Write Around Portland workshops serving a variety of populations, both as a volunteer and in his current role on our staff as Program Coordinator. Thomas earned his BA in English from the University of Illinois. He was an editor and contributing writer for Mule Magazine in Chicago, and has been active in independent radio for several years.
February 2011 workshop facilitator Robyn Steely is the Executive Director of Write Around Portland. She has facilitated writing workshops for veterans, incarcerated men and women, teen girls in drug and alcohol treatment, and low income adults as well as real estate agents, health care providers and teachers. Robyn has trained more than 80 individuals to facilitate Write Around Portland workshops, and she has led trainings for numerous state and national organizations. Her writing has appeared in Front Porch and FictionDaily.
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.
If you're in a rut, it 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 exptected. Everyone should take it!
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.
It's well worth the time, effort and money. You'll surprise yourself!
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.
The facilitator was well-prepared, inclusive, supportive and an excellent writer.
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!