The WGI began working with the Profile Theatre in Portland, Oregon in 2018, with their Community Profile program. In partnership with Profile, we have worked with the chronically ill and LGBTQIA communities in Portland for  program that uses the practice of writing to help participants reflect, share and build much-needed community.


“At 79 years of age, I must say that this writing workshop rates in the top 10% of incredible experiences of my life!  It is so amazing to have my writing acknowledged in such positive ways and improvements suggested in a gentle and understandable way!  I feel very close to all the people in my group and grew to dearly love our professional facilitators.  I learned so much about our craft.  Oh, and the food was the icing on the cake!  What a gift…what a gift.” – Brenda, Participant 

” My workshop mentors were excellent…. this in itself was pure joy. Also, and probably most important for me, is that ALL mentors and participants I encountered, provided an incredibly safe and secure space for me as a trans person. Bottom line, this workshop opened my dammed-up writing self, allowed me to break an awful (to me) kind of writer’s block—I found my lost voice. – Johnnie, Participant

“This was more illuminating than any writing workshop, class, or educational opportunity I’ve ever had or could ever imagine. The gentle coaching with clear expectations, honest, warm and constructive feedback from dedicated writers and facilitators and small group members were so valuable. It felt like a masters series class. The quality of instruction and perspective were incredible. – Issac, Participant

“This was life changing; it helped me to focus and build skill in my writing. “ – Vivian, Participant

Profile Theatre's Bobby Bermea on WGI Workshops

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