Writing Resources

We have pulled together a list of resources for writers in the Pacific Northwest. Writing groups, classes, writing workshops, and spoken word events help writers develop their craft, and give the writer an opportunity to learn by critiquing the work of peers who are also striving to improve their skills.

While these resources are specific to the Pacific Northwest, we encourage authors to search for similar groups, organizations, and events in your local area.


1. Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). There are chapters in Oregon and Washington, and local subdivisions like the “Write Direction” group: Oregon.scbwi.org.

2.  The Attic Institute. On Hawthorne—offers workshops and lectures, as well as the Atheneum, a year-long residency that functions like an MFA – Atticinstitute.com 

3. PDX Writers – Group of writers offering workshops and lectures.

4. Creative writing programs at Portland State University – Pdx.edu/creative writing/

5. Willamette Writers is a series of writer group chapters throughout the state of Oregon – Willamettewriters.org

6. The Loft is an organization that offers writing workshops, classes, resources, and an avenue to connect to other writers and writing groups – Loft.org

7. Writearound.org offers workshops for writers.

8. Lewis & Clark Northwest Writing Institute offers classes, lectures, and seminars

9. Mountain Writers Series offers workshops, readings, and support within the community – Mountainwriters.org

10. Voicecatcher.org is a non-profit that supports, inspires, and empowers female-identified writers and artists in Portland and Vancouver.

11. 9 Bridges is a community of writers who meet for support and to share resources. Chapters exist in Portland, OR, Pasadena, CA, Missoula, MT, and Phoenix, AZ – www.9Bridges.org