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 or those who identify female 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
"These workshops are church, therapy and a party all at once...I am so full of gratitude for Dawn and all you ladies of Portland Women Writers—for the transformative experience of holding sacred space in writing circles to cultivate voices and tell stories. So much of this book exists because of the space I'm honored to share with you."
-Ash Good, author of "These Things Will Never Happen Quite Like That Again."
"I don’t know how to say to you exactly the thanks that I need and want to. While visiting and stewing in all of the family narratives, I was so thankful to have taken classes with you. There is something about being in the circle and watching you hold space that, in borrowing a tiny pinch of this alchemy, it allowed me to be so present and in the moment with my grandmother. We went through photo albums I have never seen before and she told me all sorts of stories about her childhood and her war years that I had never heard. I have written about her quite a bit in our groups, and unearthing those memories and tying the past to the present meant so much to us both...I hope you know how valuable this work is and how lingering the impact."
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.
Your answer may be a list, a reflection on one role, or a creative exploration of many. Allow whatever needs to flow from your pen in response to this question be welcomed by the page.
Reflecting on your roles
Did you choose your roles or did they choose you? Which roles would you release if you could? Which roles require a costume? Which roles make you feel nourished? What is stopping you from releasing roles that do not serve you? If there is a role that you cannot for whatever reason release, can you find a way to choose/welcome it so you are no longer in resistance? Gently consider these questions and let your response flow. Answer as many or as few serves you right now. There are no right answers.
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~
*Congratulations to Natalie Hirt for the publication this November of her short story "Riverside" in Sadie Girl Press!
*Congratulations to PWW writer Hillary Tiefer. Her novel, LILY'S HOME FRONT, is due to be published on October 7, 2018 by Moonshine Cove Publishers. The story takes place during World War II and is about a young woman welder of Liberty Ships who faces prejudice in Oregon.
*PWW WriterSarah Kastrup offers writing workshops for children and teens. VisitWrite Now! for more information:writenowportland.com
*PWW Writer April Brenneman has helped to found what is now the Annual Northwest Narrative MedicineCollaborativeConference. To find out more about the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative, click here.
*PWW Writer Anne Richardson, Chaplain, Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator and Certified Spiritual Director is excited to share Nurture Your Journeyand her website, which includes her poetry, a blog and information about the workshops, spiritual direction and labyrinth services she offers. Click here.Anne's poem "End Time: One Life" won the Willamette Writers 2017 Kay Snow Award, Second Place-Poetry.
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