Portland Women Writers is a collective of independent facilitators
who share a common mission.
At Portland Women Writers, our passion is to offer a safe environment where women access their creative power and express their authentic voice. Our writing workshops give you the opportunity to share stories in a fun, transformational, and vibrant community.We offer breathing space for creative expression for beginning and seasoned writers and for women of all ages and backgrounds.
"There is a trust, a web strung one vulnerable truth at a time, cast out in words - sometimes delicate and tentative, sometimes bold and raw. This web sustains me, inspires me to bring myself here, to pour myself on the page and use my voice to set these words free. For me, for all of us..."
Writing our stories, whether they originate from our lives or our imagination is a sacred act that heals and transforms us. When we write we remember who we are. We reconnect with parts of ourself that have gone into hiding and thereby practice the art of reclaiming our wholeness. We connect with the voice beneath the voice.
Writing in community is soul work. It takes us down to the blessed dark where our stories of loss and grief, transformation and becoming await. We gather the ash and hard, black coal from these stories and through our writing build a new fire to live by.
Writing in community is spirit work. Through our writing we envision. We imagine. We pull ourselves back to the light on the wings of our natural creative genius. We transcend. We soar.
When we commit ourselves to a regular writing practice we learn to listen to the great intelligence of the heart and our writer's voice becomes strong and sure.
In the company of other women we are inspired, encouraged and forever changed.
Describe the anatomy of a tree: roots, bark, sap, trunk, branches, leaves. Instead of accepting a conventional relationship to trees, see the tree as symbolic of something else that undergoes change. How is your own body like a tree? Where in your own life are seasons changing?
Workshop Schedule (click on workshop for more info)