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You will not want to miss out on this year’s Raise Your Pen event!

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Ways to Connect with us!

As we begin holding more in-person experiences, we’ll need more volunteers to support our work. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) online creative writing workshops led by BIPOC facilitators every second and fourth Friday.

Follow @writearoundpdx on Facebook and Twitter and watch for writing prompts, pieces from our participants and other inspirations!

Interested in exploring online, in-person or by-mail creative writing workshops at your agency? Fill out our contact form.

Latest COVID-19 Update: The Write Around Portland office is open and back to welcoming the community in-person. Face coverings are required and calling ahead to make an appointment is encouraged. Everyone working or volunteering in-person on behalf of Write Around Portland will follow these guidelines, which include providing proof of vaccination and wearing a face covering while working.

Bold, black type reads Gold and the Dust over a gritty light bluish-grey background. In the center, an irregular gold shape lies under the words, emitting smaller golden circles that float over and under the textOur 58th Anthology, Gold and the Dust, is brimming with themes of hope, reemergence, and reflection. A collection of pieces generated in writing workshops over the last 2 years of pandemic-dominated life, our participants capture a poignant and historical time. 

Copies are $15 each for the general public, and $9 for published participants. (Prices include $3 shipping per book.)

Past anthologies also available, including our 20th Anniversary Special Edition, Close-up Mirrors



We hold free creative writing workshops in hospitals, shelters, senior centers, prisons, schools and treatment facilities, as well as online.



We publish the stories of people who are often unheard in professionally-designed books. These books connect writers from our workshops with readers from the public.                                                                                                               


We celebrate and create access to stories we aren’t hearing elsewhere through our community readings. These readings promote respect and include diverse voices.