Writing Workshops & Events
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).
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: 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: May 31, Jun 28, Jul 26, Aug 30, Sep 27,
Oct 25, (No Nov, no Dec)
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.
Plotting a Page-Turner: A Writing Class with April Henry
Learn how to write books readers can't put down. April will share the techniques she uses to write her award-winning novels, including tips for getting your story started, growing your plot, and adding subplots. In addition, you will learn the key ingredient you only want in a book (and not in real life), traps you should avoid, how to fix stories that have stalled, and ways to turn up the tension.
When: Saturday, July 18, 10am-12pm
Location: Our office
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Call 503.796.9224.
Writers of all levels welcome. Limited to 13 adults. Call our office for more information about this class: 503.796.9224.
April Henry is the New York Times-bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared; and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die; and the thriller Face of Betrayal, coauthored with Lis Wiehl.
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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is our blog celebrating the William Stafford centennial, where participants in our 2014 writing workshops to shared their work, inspired Stafford's poetry.