Writing through the loss of a pet

We were thrilled to see OPB highlight DoveLewis’ Pet Loss Support program last month. In 2020, we partnered with DoveLewis to provide healing creative writing workshops for grieving pet owners. And we’ve continued to provide these workshops quarterly. Write Around Portland Program Director Sarah Weller noted, “We’ve found that the DoveLewis participants have had wonderful […]

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Statement on Palestine

Write Around Portland Staff’s Statement on the Crisis in Palestine At Write Around Portland, we believe in the dignity of all people and that writing is a powerful tool for individual and societal change and healing. Our organization uses storytelling and listening to create a more just and humane society. Through creative writing in community

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Spring Creative Writing Workshops

Our spring creative writing workshop season is in full swing, thanks to donor support! We’re writing with 14 different communities across the Portland area right now! We bring our healing creative writing program to nonprofits and other agencies across the Portland Metro. Participants write for 6-10 weeks with a volunteer facilitator and are published in

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Partner Highlight: All Good northwest

Last fall, we partnered for the first time with All Good Northwest. They operate five low-barrier shelter programs in the Portland metro area.    One of those shelter programs is Multnomah Safe Rest Village (MSRV) – a cluster of thirty tiny homes designed as temporary housing solutions. Participants in the shelter program have access to holistic

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is writing on your list?

Writing comes up on a lot of New Year’s Resolution lists. Is it on yours? For some it’s a recommitment to their writing practice. For others it’s a tool for self-care or an effort to make more space for creativity and connection. Whatever your reasons, we welcome you to register for one (or more!) of

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“Tomorrow I will” by Ron boyd

“Tomorrow I Will” by Ron Boyd “Each workshop I’ve become a better writer,” says recent writing workshop participant, Ron Boyd. “Writing and listening to other peoples’ writing has helped me overcome shyness and have a better understanding on how writing your thoughts helps you in your life.” Ron wrote with us Fall 2023 at Home

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A magic moment

A writer overcomes stage fright at our Spring Reading At our Reading and Book Launch last spring, one of our writers (pictured at left, who wishes to remain anonymous) was very excited to read their work. However, quite understandably, they were nervous in front of the crowd. Their volunteer workshop facilitator, Sarah Bourscheid, supported this

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Relieving Loneliness Through Writing: Featured Writer, Barbara Bushong

We recently sat down with workshop participant Barbara Bushong, a retired nurse living in a low-income housing building. Like many of us, Barbara felt isolated long after pandemic restrictions lifted.   When Write Around Portland and the housing agency partnered up to bring writing workshops to her building, Barbara was thrilled.  She had seen the workshop

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