Write Around Portland provides high-quality, participant-centered, creative writing workshops. Most of our workshops run 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.

Learn more about the variety of workshops we offer: Traditional Writing Workshops, PromptWriting Workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza, and now Online Writing Workshops and a Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Writing Workshop.


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.

Prompt – Paused through 2022*

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

Write Around Portland offers unique workshops designed for writers and aspiring writers who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve. Prompt is your chance to write in community with others following the acclaimed Write Around model. Registration required.  

Fee: $300 (Payment plans available.) 

*These workshops are currently paused through 2022 – we plan to continue open-to-all workshops in 2023.

Workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza – suspended until further notice 


Our writing workshops at HOTLIPS Pizza are perfect for both the new and seasoned writer. Start your day with the written word and delicious pastries, coffee and tea provided by Grand Central Baking Company. Attend one, attend them all! Workshops are held 3rd Thursdays and most last Sundays from 9-11am.

Location: HOTLIPS Pizza, 2211 SE Hawthorne Blvd. on the TriMet #14 bus line.

Fee: $10-$30 sliding scale, per workshop. Please bring a journal or notebook and a favorite pen. 


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.