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Writing Workshops & Events




Writing Workshops

Write Around Portland runs 8-10 week free writing workshops for adults and youth in hospitals, schools, senior centers, treatment centers, social service agencies, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, low income housing residences and other agencies. Click here for a full list of our agency partners and the populations we serve through these workshops. Our spring workshops start in February, summer workshops start in June and fall workshops start in September.

We also hold writing workshops with associated fees, open to everyone: Prompt workshop at Powell's City of Books and our 3rd Thursday and  last Sunday workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza. (More details below about these workshops.)

Call 503.796.9224 for more information about our workshops. Please note that registration for all of our 8-10 week workshops must be done over the phone or in person - NOT by email. However, you can register via email for workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza.



Writing Workshop at Powell's City of Books

Write Around Portland offers a unique workshop designed for writers and aspiring writers who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve.

Prompt is your chance to write in community with others following the acclaimed Write Around model while also providing support to writers who might not otherwise have access to writing and community.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 12 adults per workshop. IMPORTANT NOTE: Call us to confirm there is space, to register and to discuss payment plan options (503.796.9224).

Click here for more information about the workshop,

including workshop dates and fee.


Writing Workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza

3rd Thursday & Last Sunday

Join Write Around Portland and HOTLIPS Pizza to experience the transformative power of writing in community. These workshops are perfect for the new and seasoned writer. Start your day with delicious pastries, coffee and tea provided by Grand Central Baking Company, and the written word. Attend one, attend them all.

3rd Thursdays, 9am - 11am:

2015: Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, Jun 18, Jul 16,

Aug 20, Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17

Last Sundays, 9am - 11am*:

*Note new time starting in 2015

2015: (No Feb), Mar 29, Apr 26, May 31, Jun 28, Jul 26,

Aug 30, Sep 27, Oct 25, (No Nov, no Dec)

Location: HOTLIPS Pizza, 2211 SE Hawthorne Blvd. [MAP] on the TriMet #14 bus line.

Fee: $10 - $30 sliding scale, per workshop.

Registration: Drop-ins welcome. Register by email or phone (503.796.9224) so we know how many people to expect.

Please bring: a journal, notebook or composition book and a favorite pen.


Writing That Matters: A Writing Workshop with Acclaimed Poet Penelope Scambly Schott

Many of us have the urge to write but all too often we get stuck thinking, "Why bother? Who would be interested in what I have to say?" Writing That Matters: How to Make Other People Care, led by celebrated poet Penelope Scambly Schott, will begin with writing just for one's self and then focus on how to adjust and expand your techniques in order to interest others.

Date: Tuesday, Mar 24, 10am to 12:30pm

Location: Our office

Fee: $35 per person

Writers of all levels welcome. Limited to 13 adults.

Pre-registration is required. Call 503.796.9224 to register.

Penelope Scambly Schott’s verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received an Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Among her books about the lives of women is Lillie Was a Goddess, Lillie Was a Whore, a verse history of prostitution. Penelope’s newest is How I Became an Historian. She lives in Portland and Dufur, Oregon where she teaches an annual poetry workshop.


Saturday WRITE! in Washington County

Join us for a free community writing workshop. We are expanding our workshop offerings in Washington County, and this is a great opportunity to experience the power of writing in community through our acclaimed model. Encourage your friends to sign up, too!

WHERE: Cedar Mill Community Library (not the Bethany location), Lewis and Clark rooms. The library is on Saltzman and Dogwood, not on Cornell as the address suggests. TriMet bus lines #50 and #48.


WHEN: Saturday April 4, 2015

TIME: Choose one of two options: 12:30-1:45pm or 2:30-3:45pm


DETAILS: Open to adults and young people 13-17 accompanied by an adult. All experience levels welcome. Bring a journal or notebook. Workshops are ADA-accessible. Call by March 27 if you need specific accommodations.

Bilingual (Spanish/English) workshop will be available during the 12:30-1:45pm time slot if at least 10 people sign up.

Pre-registration is required. Call 503-796-9224 or email us with your name, phone number and preferred workshop time.



Creative First Drafts

Get a taste of the Write Around Portland workshop experience! Enroll in Creative First Drafts, a new workshop offered in Washington County and in collaboration with PCC Community Education.

Experience a generative, creative writing workshop that inspires the writing life. This workshop includes freewriting, work with writing elements and strength-building feedback.

Dates: Four Thursdays, Apr 9 through Apr 30

Time: 7-8:20pm

Location: Portland Community College - Willlow Creek Campus,

241 SW Edgeway Dr in Beaverton OR, Room 207

Fee: $55 per person

Registration through PCC is required. Register online or call 971-722-8888 and choose option 2 from the menu three times.



Seasoned Writers' Writing Workshop

Adults who have participated in 2+ of our writing workshops in partnership with social service agencies and our Write On: Returning Writers workshop are eligible for this program. Click here for dates, details and updates.


133 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 304, Portland, OR 97204

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 "If you haven't been to a Write Around Portland reading, you're missing out on one of the most engaging, amazing literary events in this city."

                     --Willamette Week

To Write With Each Other

is our blog celebrating the William Stafford centennial, where participants in our 2014 writing workshops to shared their work, inspired Stafford's poetry.