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.
"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."
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.
Make a list of the familiar voices you identify with in the day to day. Are you comfortable using a gentle voice? Or do you identify as someone who uses a direct, no-nonsense voice? Do you have a worrier voice that seems to often crop up? Who do you know yourself to be? Sometimes we forget that the range of our voice is much (much!) wider than we think.
Identify one voice you use on a regular basis that no longer serves you. Is it your pleaser voice? Your victim voice? Now go one step further and identify one voice you have been afraid to use or that has been hidden but which is calling for expression. Write about one or both of these voices. Perhaps the voice will write for you.
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 & a monthly workshop for women & men waiting to adopt
PWW Writers News ~Amazing things our writers are doing~
Join PWW writer and guest facilitator Meg Weber Jeske, who will be reading as part of Ariel Gore's School for Wayward Writers on December 17th, 7:30-10:00pm at Common Grounds Coffee House, 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Click here to enjoy Donna Zerner - new to Portland and PWW - telling her story at Portland Story Theater's Urban Tellers in Portland earlier this November.
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 go to: http://stonepoems.net/.
Click Here to see the full listing of current workshops offered by Portland Women Writers