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
"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."
~K.M., PWW participant
"...what a joy it was to participate in a weekly writing practice with Portland Women Writers. To put the negative voices on hold and let my scribbling hand and free-associating mind see where they would leap in response to the outstanding prompts and exercises. For me, this approach both invited and sustained what I can only call a "sacred" space; the voices that emerged around its circle rang heartfelt, lively, and deeply true. I now have a notebook full of raw material to mine for future poems and stories. How great a gift is that?"
~Nancy Flynn, poet, 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.
In November, 2016, a statement from the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers tells us: "...The time you are living in is called the age of destruction," they said, "the Kali Yuga. It is the lowest point. At this time evil rises to the surface to be destroyed. This dark-age takes place just before the arrival of the in-coming Golden Age, so today you are watching out-of-balance Yang energy creating destruction all over your planet. This IS the Kali Yuga. You have heard and read about it and now it has come...." "You are a great being, here on earth to occupy a steady place in an unsteady world....Within yourself you carry the great holding power of Yin. Call on it now."
Write about an in-coming Golden Age. Imagine it. See it. Bring it alive on the page. Or write about the wisdom of the elders.
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~
*Congratulations to PWW writer Hillary Tieferfor the publication of her short story "Hope" in Juxtaprose Literary Magazine.Click here to visit Juxtaprose and to read Hillary's story.
*Visit PWW Writer and Facilitator, Lisa Kagan'sArt of Motherhood Program on her websiteFamily Heirloom Arts:Celebrating Life Stories. In the New Year Lisa will be offering a monthly series, "Mom's Night Out," on 1/23, 2/27 & 3/20 from 7-9.
*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 the First Annual Northwest Narrative MedicineCollaborativeConference held last September. Starting Tuesday, January 10, 2017 the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative launches a FREE monthly series with a focus on how stories – spoken, written, visual or performed — help shape our experience of healthcare.Visit their website at: https://nwnmcollaborative.org/nwnm-project/2017-schedule/
*PWW Writer and facilitator, Meg Weber, along with Sara Blackthorne and Megan Jennifer announce Paper Lion Press - Founded in 2016, Paper Lion Press seeks to publish exciting, engaging, and enthralling works by new and established writers. They want edgy stuff. Stuff that pushes boundaries, that calls privilege into question, that makes them ask questions. Visit them by
*PWW Writer Anne Richardson, Chaplain, Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator and Certified Spiritual Director is excited to share Nurture Your Journeyand her new website, which includes her poetry, a blog and information about the workshops, spiritual direction and labyrinth services she offers. Click here.
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