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Participate in a Writing Workshop

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.

We also hold writing workshops with associated fees, open to everyone: Prompt workshop at Powell's Books and our twice monthly workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza.

Go to our Events page for details about our upcoming workshops or call 503.796.9224. 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.



Become a Volunteer


Our dedicated volunteers make our workshops, readings and books possible. We have a variety of opportunities, whether you have an hour or two to give or you are looking for a long-term volunteer commitment.


If you’re interested in volunteering, please download and fill out our Volunteer Application (fillable Word doc or PDF). Once you’ve completed the application, return it by email or mail to: Write Around Portland, 133 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 304, Portland, OR, 97204.


To learn more about our many volunteer opportunities, click here.



 "It has been truly life-changing for me to facilitate Write Around Portland workshops…

While I know that I was volunteering to help others change their lives through writing, I think I was the one who was most affected."                          

                         - Elizabeth Arnett



Train to be a Volunteer Workshop Facilitator

Our writing workshops are led by trained, dedicated volunteers. We hold two 27-hour trainings per year, typically in January and late spring or late summer.

Click here to learn more about being a workshop facilitator, the training and the application process. Call 503.796.9224 or email us for more information about facilitation, the training and to schedule your volunteer orientation.

PLEASE NOTE: To meet the demand for our writing workshops in Spanish and other languages, we are especially interested in applicants who are bilingual.



Hold a Reading for Your Friends and Family

Workshop participants are eager to share their stories with new audiences. We are happy to host a reading in your home. A house party and reading is a great way to change lives through the power of writing. We’ve designed a House Party Host Guide with hosting tips and ideas.

There are other ways to help raise funds for Write Around Portland, too. Here are 8 fun & easy fundraising ideas! For more info, contact Beth at 503.796.9224.


Use Your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Lend Support

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to nonprofits. You can help ensure some of that money goes to changing lives through the power of writing. It's easy to do:

1. Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Write Around Portland (nonprofit #82470).

2. Use your Rewards Card when you shop at Fred Meyer.

3. You'll still earn Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates -- and you'll help support Write Around Portland.


Donate a Journal or Host a Journal Drive

When someone joins us for a workshop, we give them their very own journal. Providing a donated journal to every participant conveys that our community truly does value their stories and their lives. We are honored to hold journal drives in partnership with Portland area businesses, schools and places of worship.


A journal drive is like a food drive. We provide a collection box, signs, sample announcements and anything else that would make it easy for you to host a journal drive.


If you would like to help by donating a journal, you can drop it off at our office. Contact Beth White to learn more.



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

      503.796.9224    Email

"I appreciate that I can really help make a difference by volunteering with Write Around Portland."

Matt Flores Write Around Portland Volunteer