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.
"Portland Women Writers creates the best kind of community. A safe and sacred circle where women can speak the truth, create, and come to know their hidden talents. There is some kind of magic that happens in these circles. They are life changing." ~Bonnie Minden Ward, PWW participant
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 renews us. 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.
“We could all take the vow of obedience, even as we pursue freedom and individuality. Obedience means to listen closely to others for words of direction. Only in an ego-mad world do we think that destiny is revealed in our own will and thought.
You know something that I don't know about where I want to be. If I just listen to myself, I will be trapped in a circle. If you don't speak to me about what you see and suspect [and deeply feel and authentically express I would add], then I won't know the direction in which I want [need] to go.
And if I don't listen to my friends and neighbors, I'll be stuck in the labyrinth of what I think I want. Obedience is a way of being communal, but if I'm not in community, obedience will become slavery. The monk sees the will of God in his superior. I can see the deep will that guides me in the thoughts and reflections of my neighbor."
from Meditations, Thomas Moore
Write about a time your life was significantly influenced by someone else. Or simply write about who or what you are obedient to.
PWW hosted "Back to the Jungle Gym" on September 24 featuring PWW writers and author FayetteFoxwho read from her new book The Deception Artist.
Workshop Schedule (click on workshop for more info)
Click here to learn about:A free on-going writing workshop at OHSU for women with a cancer diagnosis
PWW Writers News ~Amazing things our writers are doing~
PWW Writer Johanna Courtleigh, M.A., is delighted to announce her new book Prayers for a New World: Writings for an Awakening Humanity. "In this crucial time of beauty, degradation and transformation, it is imperative that we evoke and manifest a new world." Contact Johanna for more information or to order a copy. Available on Amazon soon. Johanna@Courtleigh.com
PWW WriterSarah Kastrup is now offering writing workshops for children and teens. Visit Write Now! at:writenowportland.com
Click here to enjoy Donna Zerner telling the story of how she came to Portland at Portland Story Theater's Urban Story Tellers. Donna was invited back to tell a story about a head injury and perfectionism. Click here to listen. Donna also tells the story of a silent retreat and a scorpion at the Multnomah Art Center's "Truth Be Told."
Find out more about Alice Hardesty's newly published book, "An Uncommon Cancer Journey: The Cosmic Kick That Healed Our Lives" at www.bachopress.com.
Bonnie Ward was one of three poets selected for "Stone Poems," a public art project at Greenway Park in Beaverton. For more information about Stone Poems click here.
Click Here to see the full listing of current workshops offered by Portland Women Writers