Programs for Nonprofits and Other Organizations
Bring Creative Writing to your Organization!
Modern life is full of things you can’t say. Emotions you can’t express. Stories you wish you could tell. Creative writing can help.
Write Around Portland has been facilitating creative writing programs in underserved communities since 1999. And we’ve seen growth, transformations, and change in everyone from middle school students to senior citizens.
Writing truly has the ability to change lives, and we’d love to partner with you to bring creative writing to your agency!
our Programs for Nonprofits
What’s a workshop?
The concept of a creative writing workshop comes from academia. Workshops are “hands-on” learning akin to a science lab or an art studio (rather than a lecture.)
At Write Around Portland, we have adapted this academic model to a context outside of the classroom. Our workshops are designed to show participants that they are already writers, to take ownership of the group, and to know that they are active and valued members of a community of writers.
While our workshops are NOT academic and our facilitators do NOT teach writing, participants share that they learn a lot!
Why Creative Writing?
A study in the American Journal of Public Health observed in 2010 that people who regularly wrote exhibited “statistically significant improvements” in memory, stress levels, immune function, blood pressure, and social behavior.
Over the years, we’ve also found that participants in our workshops:
- Develop new friendships and feel less lonely
- Become more confident in their writing and interpersonal skills
- Find positive ways to work in groups
- Feel a sense of pride at seeing their name in print
- Feel a sense of relief at telling their story
Learn more about the research behind creative writing and its healing effects.
In our workshops, we work to dismantle the distinction between “facilitator” and “participant” and avoid the traditional dynamics between “teacher” and “student.” When participants feel that it is their group instead of the facilitator’s, they have more of a personal investment in making sure that the workshop goes well and they are often much more engaged in all facets of the program.
Inductive learning encourages looking at writing as a process in which each step might yield exciting discoveries. It also means that everyone in the room might come up with their own definition of what makes an effective image, for example. This is the sort of intellectual, creative and respectful atmosphere that Write Around Portland strives to create, in which everyone is an expert and everyone is a writer.
“Feedback from patients has been wonderful. [Writing] is a way of processing what occurs emotionally during one’s cancer journey versus the more commonly offered support groups. I believe we need to offer our patients multiple ways of healing.”– Diane, Providence Health & Services
Organizations We’ve Partnered With
Since 1999, Write Around Portland has partnered with hundreds of nonprofits, hospitals, prisons, schools, and other agencies to provide therapeutic creative writing workshops. Here is a sampling from the last five years:
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility