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.
"I had no real writing experience when I joined a workshop with Portland Women Writers. I was intimidated by the idea of sharing my writing, but quickly found myself welcomed into a comfortable, supportive, and encouraging circle of lovely women. In a relatively short time, I learned several techniques to improve my writing, but most importantly, I realized that regardless of skill or experience, we are all writers. We all have a story to tell."
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.
Write about what you hunger for. If this seems daunting, start with a simple desire, such as a craving for chocolate or sushi, and then move on to experiences that either feed or intensify your hunger. Be honest in your writing.
~from "Room to Write," Bonni Goldberg
Workshop Schedule (click on workshop for more info)