Dawn Thompson believes writing our stories, whether they originate from our life experience or our imagination, is a sacred act that liberates, heals and transforms us.
Dawn holds an M.A. in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon. She has worked as a staff member for Write Around Portland, facilitating workshops for adults in drug and alcohol recovery and for individuals experiencing homelessness, living with disabilities, metastatic cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS.
Dawn has been published in VoiceCatcher and Thresholds and has self-published a collection of short stories and a chapbook of poetry with her father. Three of her poems are featured in the 2012 edition of We'Moon "Chrysalis" and her poem "Last Days" is included in the 2012 edition of Perceptions Magazine of the Arts published by Mount Hood Community College. Dawn is also the writer for Divine Eros, a photography narrative about women mystics.
Dawn currently holds writing workshops for women with a cancer diagnosis at OHSU. She also holds workshops for caregivers, elders in assisted living, hospice and other groups. Please contact her at the below e-mail or phone number if you are interested in setting up a workshops for a specific community.
Dawn spends as much time as possible with her son and husband in green spaces and is constantly tending to her poetic heart.
Dawn is also available for individual writing coaching sessions, writing project support and manuscript editing.
Sidra Quinn's poems and short stories have been published most recently in Cirque Literary Journal, Wordstock 10, and a variety of others. Sidra is a freelance writer, editor, and business consultant; she also gets paid to write other people's blogs (but refuses to have her own). She holds an MBA as well as an undergraduate degree in English Literature. Sidra facilitates writing workshops for a variety of communities and was an associate editor for a local women’s anthology.
She lives in Portland with her partner and their small petting zoo of animals. With years of teaching and training experience, Sidra is excited for each new opportunity to explore the power of writing in a group.
Sidra is available for writing coaching sessions, writing project support, and manuscript editing. She can also assist those who are trying to start their own writing critique groups.
Pearl Waldorf offers individual psychotherapy and creativity supports in her private practice in SE Portland where she is inspired every day by her work. For her, pursuing a life in the “arts” means not being afraid to follow your passions. She supports her clients to clear the barriers to the expression of those passions and champions a deep integration of the creative process into all life’s endeavors. Pearl is a Graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies. For more information about Pearl, visit her website at: www.pearlwaldorf.com
Michelle McAfee has a way of weaving unforgettable melodies into vivid stories with a devotion to uplifting the human spirit through the magic of music and storytelling.
Michelle co-created the artist collective “One Soul” which takes music and art into prisons, working extensively in New Folsom California State Prison. This collective helps connect the men behind bars with their own creative voice and facilitates a safe place to create and express through music and visual art.
Michelle has been a staff songwriter for publishers in Nashville and Los Angeles (Warner-Chappell, Sony/Maypop Music, Bluewater Music) where she learned the craft of popular song structure and the business of music.
Currently, Michelle is a performing artist with two albums “blending edgy pop and bluesy bluegrass with intriguing instrumental virtuosity”. She has opened shows for G Love & Special Sauce, Jewel and The Indigo Girls.
Michelle is based in Williams, Oregon three quarters of the year and McCarthy, Alaska in the summer where she teaches a songwriting workshop at The Wrangell Mountain Art Center.
With thanks and gratitude to our founder, Emily Trinkaus.
Emily Trinkaus started leading AWA-style writing workshops in Brooklyn, NY in 1999, after training with Pat Schneider. She founded Portland Women Writers in 2003. She is an astrologer, BodyTalk practitioner and writer. She also teaches Yin Yoga at OmBase. For more info see virgomagic.com.
We are blessed to have these compelling, compassionate and grounded facilitators from our community offer workshops in partnership with Portland Women Writers from time to time. Here is more information about some of our guest facilitators:
Meg Jeske writes to connect with herself and to understand the world around her. She believes in the power of words to heal and in the incredible synergy that is created by writing in community. Meg's writing has been published in two different anthologies and she is working on a collection of memoir pieces she plans to self-publish. Meg holds a master's degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed professional counselor in private practice, working primarily within LGBT communities. She is honored to be a guest facilitator for Portland Women Writers, after having relished the opportunity to write with both Sidra and Dawn. You can contact Meg at:email@example.com Emily Fern Dayton, MS has professional and educational training in trauma transformation and movement inspired healing and growth. She received her Masters in Conflict Resolution in 2010 and infused studies of: Neuroscience, Nature Therapy, Trauma Transformation, Creative Dance, Dance/Movement Therapy and Expressive Art Therapy into her thesis project. For over ten years, Emily Fern has worked with diverse populations locally and internationally. Emily Fern has used nature, movement, imagined play, and the creative arts to help participants heal, release, and transform internalized conflicts associated with trauma. FernlilyHealing Arts was established in 2013 by Emily Fern in support of the 1 Billion Rising international movement that called for action in stopping the global problem of violence being committed against women and girls. Fernlily Healing Arts is committed to working with diverse communities of women and children, helping them gain access to the restorative possibilities of nature inspired movement arts. Fernlily Healing Arts is devoted to establishing a safe and supportive therapeutic environment with the goal of producing local and global healing and health for all women and girls. You can contact Emily Fern Dayton at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at: www.fernlilyhealingarts.com Mary Lee Levitan has been an active participant in Portland Women Writers for over three years and is committed to the writing process both as a means to engage in vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells in each of us, and because it's fun! She is a certified Life Coach (Say Yes Life Coaching), certified NLP Coach Practitioner and organizer of the Thrive Portland meetup group. She is passionate about helping others reveal their unique voice, find the means to articulate it, and the courage to live it.
Nikki Jardin is a freelance writer and contributor and managing editor of Spot Magazine, a local monthly devoted to companion animals. Nikki began her writing career in 2007 and has had her work featured in Animal Wellness, SageWoman, The Oregonian and street roots. A longtime devotee of journalism and creative non-fiction, she loves to write stories about people who are making the world a better place for all beings. Much of her work can be found on her website NikkiJardin.com. Emily Olson is a Yoga teacher and therapist at Potentials Yoga Studio in Portland. She works one-on-one with people, designing a Yoga practice they enjoy that helps them meet their goals, whether it is addressing pain or discomfort in their body, stress, anxiety or just wanting to feel better. These practices incorporate Yoga tools such as movement, breathwork, meditation and intention. She also teaches group Yoga classes and Senior Chair Yoga, as well as classes and workshops on Optimal Breathing and Stress Reduction.
Jenny Suzumoto was born in the South of England and has lived in Portland since 1995. With a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, she runs a private counseling practice and teaches worskhops on how to use the tarot for self-discovery. Jenny has engaged with the healing arts her whole adult life, studying and practicing a blend of Eastern mysticism and Jungian perspectives. Her relationship with the tarot began with a fateful reading given by a characterful tarotist in the East End of London almost twenty-five years ago. Since then, the tarot has woven its wonderous images into her life. Through attending workshops and earnest self-study, Jenny has become a tarot scholar and consultant with a passion for sharing the wisdom of these extraordinary cards. You can contact Jenny at: email@example.com.
Ellen Lorenzi-Prince is a writer, artist, priestess and spiritual teacher with over 25 years of magickal experience. Author of the novel Glitter Ball, and creator of Tarot of the Crone and Tarot Paper Dolls, she is convinced imagination is not only the key to creation, but opens doors to deep spirituality as well. For more information about Ellen, check our her website at croneways.com
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