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.
Cooler days. The dark arriving earlier and earlier. Leaves letting go from the tree. A delicate perfume of change in the air. Fall.
The earth will soon begin to replace her summer smock with scarfs of oranges, reds, browns. What change of season is occurring in your own inner lanscape?
For this piece, use the metaphor of fall or change of season to write about what is happening in your own life or within you that feels important to acknowledge or explore. What needs composting? What is falling away? What new colors are you ready to clothe yourself in?
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 Sarah Kastrup will be offering a one-time writing group for parents and children on September 19th, from 10am-12pm at the Tabor Space (SE 53rd and Belmont). The group is based on the AWA method and is recommended for children ages 3rd grade through high school and their parent(s). Cost is $25 per person. To register, go to 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