Write Around Portland provides high-quality, participant-centered, creative writing workshops. Our traditional workshop programming typically runs for ten weeks, two hours per week.

The workshop curriculum focuses on experiential learning, generating new writing and building on the writers’ strengths. Workshop participants write stories, poems, memoirs, letters and essays while experimenting with imagery, character development, dialogue and early-draft revision. To build community through writing, our workshops are facilitated by extensively-trained volunteers who write and share alongside participants through a series of freewrites and positive, strength-based feedback.

Keep reading to learn more about the variety of workshops we offer!

Traditional Writing Workshops offered through Agency Partners
Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Writing Workshops
Online Writing Workshops Open-to-all
Prompt: 8-week Creative Writing Workshop
Workshops for Employers and Other Groups





We hold free writing workshops for adults and youth in hospitals, schools, treatment centers, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, low income housing residences and other social service agencies. To ensure everyone has access to writing in community, we provide journals, pens, bus tickets, childcare and snacks for participants in these workshops.

We are currently wrapping up our Fall 2022 workshop season and planning the Spring 2023 workshop season – more details to come!

Check out a list of previous agency partners.

Interested in bringing a Write Around Portland workshop to your agency? Call 503.796.9224 or fill out our contact form.

Interested in joining a traditional workshop? Fill out our participant info form.

Write with us and help support the communities we serve!

Proceeds from the workshops below help support Write Around Portland’s free traditional writing workshops in low-income housing communities, correctional facilities, hospitals, schools, treatment centers and other social service agencies.

Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Writing Workshop

I love being witnessed, and I absolutely love witnessing the words of everyone else in the group. It’s our own kind of magic.”
—BIPOC Online Workshop Participant

For people who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC).

2nd & 4th Friday of every month from 4 to 5:30 pm (Pacific Time), Free. Workshops are held via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. 

Registration opens the 1st of the month every month and closes when filled or at 12noon the day before the workshop.

Click here for more workshop details. 

Online Writing Workshops 

This writing workshop was just what I needed in this time of isolation…[It] truly allowed me to be ‘in community’ again.
—Online Workshop Participant

Writing is often thought of as something done in isolation; we know there is immense power when writing is done in community. Join us for 90 minutes of creativity and community-building, with generative writing exercises, sharing and strengths-based feedback. Our workshop model, refined over 23 years, is proven for people of all writing levels: from the budding writer to the published author.

2nd Thursdays, 11am-12:30pm

4th Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm

Online via Zoom

Sliding-scale, open-to-all. Register here for our upcoming workshops.

We have a limited number of free spots available in each workshop for past participants or people experiencing financial hardship. Email Sarah at sweller@writearound.org to reserve a spot or sign up for our waitlist.


If you’re in a rut, Prompt will get you out. If you’re lacking confidence in your writing, it will build you up. And if you don’t think you have a unique voice, it will prove you wrong!”

 —Past Prompt participant

Get some writing done in 2023! Our popular Prompt workshop is back with a virtual 8-week series to get your pen moving in the new year. Accountability and new writer friends? Get signed up here!

Next Prompt Workshop

Tuesday Evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

8 Sessions starting January 31 

Offered virtually on Zoom

$195-$395 sliding scale fee (Please pay what you’re able. Your fee directly supports our free programming at dozens of nonprofit agencies.)

Find out more information about Prompt here!


Workshops for Employers and Other Groups

Bring a Write Around Portland workshop to your workplace, company meeting or other group event. Our workshops have been the medium for staff retreats, team-building seminars and developing communication skills. We can also adapt the curriculum and duration to meet your needs. Let us know what you’d like and we’ll see what we can do. Learn more here.