"What do I hope to get out of each workshop? Actually I am beyond hope - I am at a near-certainty that I will get wonder, pleasure, surprise, fun, challenge, companionship and inspiration."
~ D.L., workshop participant
Fundamentally, Portland Women Writers workshops are based on the Amherst Writers and Artists method developed by Pat Schneider. By offering a safe environment, these workshops support participants in finding and expressing their authentic voice, accessing their creative power and building community with other women. The foundation of Schneider's approach is the revolutionary notion that writing is "an art form available for all persons." PWW workshops draw from Schneider's "Five Essential Affirmations:"
1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice. 2. Everyone is born with creative genius. 3. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level. 4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer's original voice or artistic self-esteem. 5. A writer is someone who writes.
During a Portland Women Writer workshop, facilitators offer inspiring prompts into the freewrite that spark creativity and encourage writing from one's authentic voice. These doorways help the writer bypass the critical mind and go where they most need to go with the writing. The writer is always welcome to disregard the prompt and write whatever she wants. We write for different time periods and always have a chance to share what we have written, although sharing is always optional. Sometimes we open the circle for non-critical feedback. We write by hand in order to connect more deeply with our body, breath and heart.
Writing is often a solitary practice. Writing in community offers us a chance to learn from one another as both writers and human beings. We witness each others' stories in a respectful, inspiring, uplifting environment. In this day and age of technology, social media and electronic devices Portland Women Writers consciously chooses to bring people together in the same space. We believe this real-time human connection promotes health, happiness, authentic connection and a diminishment of isolation. The majority of our workshops are held in a participant's home. Having the opportunity to write in the beauty and comfort of a home environment is a treat for writers. It also gives us the opportunity to offer writing circles at different locations aross the metro area.
At Portland Women Writers we try to keep our workshop prices low so that all women, regardless of economic status, have access to workshops, while still recognizing that the money paid supports the facilitators so they might be able to continue to do this important work.
We offer partial-scholarships and payment plans for many of our workshops (for details, contact the workshop facilitator directly). We also have a strong, vibrant, caring community of participants who occassionally wish to provide full or partial workshop payment for women who may need additional financial support. If you'd like to contribute money towards another participant's workshop - either someone specifically or to those most in need - please contact us for instructions.
Methods of Payment
We accept both checks and PayPal. If you'd like to pay with a check, contact your workshop facilitator directly. If you would like to pay with PayPal, please let the facilitator know and she will send you all the information you will need. Clicking on the website PayPal link will take you to the sign-in page on PayPal. Please, include the title of the workshop in the "comment" section of the PayPal screen. If you experience any issues or need addtional information about paying for a workshop, please contact the faciitator directly.
All paid workshop fees are fully refundable if notice is given before the first day of the workshop.
In a weekly group, if a participant must withdraw after the 2nd week, no refund is possible. Check with the individual facilitator about using a portion of the fee for a future workshop. Also, if you are going to miss sessions in a weekly group, pro-rating is not available. Please, contact the individual facilitator for other questions regarding refunds.