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Welcome to 9 Bridges

Writing can be a solitary journey. There is no one right or wrong way to pursue your love of writing, and no two writers share the exact same experiences. The methodology that works for one person often doesn’t work for another. Writers are a little like stars in the sky – while there are countless numbers, each is completely unique and capable of creating their own world full of wonder.

9 Bridges creates connections – bridging differences in styles, personalities and level of experience. We feel we can all learn from one another, whether it means a poet might learn something new about cadence from a science fiction writer, or that a horror writer might coach a memoir writer about tension. We strive to not only connect writers to writers, but to give writers greater access to the communities that can help them the best.

We do this through offering positive, supportive activities that help writers improve their skills and focus so they can succeed.

Verbal Critique Groups:
The format is simple - each member brings a sample of their current work in progress and reads it out loud to the group. Feedback is based on based on what is heard, and this provides a different experience than seeing things on paper.

Write-Ins:
Write-ins are part group writing and part discussion. Bring your WIP and get some serious writing done within a group setting.

Specialized groups:
Whether you are working on a specific aspect of your writing or looking for a specific type of critique group, we have small focused groups for serious writers.

Finally, we partner with other organizations to bring discounts and/or free admissions to members for conferences, events and services.

Membership is free. We keep this organization up and running through the generous support of our members. Please consider assisting us - we are an Oregon-based 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible.

Keep Writing!!!!!!!

Upcoming events (5+)

Monday Afternoon Write-in (Hillsboro)

Insomnia Coffee Co.

*Please Note* Duncan Wilson will not be at this event, due to travel. Everyone is still welcome and encouraged to attend, all that is needed is for someone to keep time. Welcome, one and all to the Monday Afternoon Write In! • What we'll do Join us for a writing/ discussion group. The format is write for an hour, chat for 15 minutes, repeat. • What to bring Bring your work in progress and prepared to make new friends and get some serious writing done. Please RSVP so we know how much room to save at the table.

Monday Evening Write-in (Hillsboro/Tanasbourne)

Starbucks Imbrie Drive

*Please Note* Duncan Wilson will not be at this event, due to travel. Everyone is still welcome and encouraged to attend, all that is needed is for someone to keep time. Welcome, one and all to the Monday Evening Write In! • What we'll do Join us for a writing/ discussion group. The format is[masked]... write 25 minutes talk 10. • What to bring Bring your work in progress and prepared to make new friends and get some serious writing done. Please RSVP so we know how much room to save at the table.

Monday Evening Write-In

Chapel Pub

NOTE: this is a co-working session, not a critique group. Join fun spirits and write. We encourage everyone's creativity and all are welcome! Our format is[masked]... (work quietly for 25 minutes, chat for 10 minutes, lather, rinse, repeat). We promote an atmosphere of completing your goals and hash out any questions that arise. We enjoy sparking creativity to finish your writing project, whatever it may be--novel, short story, poem, memoir, comic, screenplay, etc. Venue info: https://www.mcmenamins.com/chapel-pub

Portland Reading Party

Rose City Book Pub

Calling all writers and writing lovers! On Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm 9 Bridges is hosting a Book Party at the Rose City Book Pub in North Portland. This is great for published Authors (self and traditional) to get their work read and promoted. May have late night Open Mic for everyone (non-published included). Authors who are reading only, are allowed to bring Books to sell but will be cosigned through the Pub's book store. They will then at the end of the day write your percentage of the sales. Food and Beverages are available for purchase by attendees. Street Parking only. RSVP DETAILS BELOW: Published Authors Mic: Please RSVP via email to [masked] for a spot on the stage and if you are selling items through the consignment with brief descriptions (such as item details and your pricing). We will send consignment in response to your email. Disclaimer: Please do not sell your books nor merchandise during the event on the Rose City Book Pub personally - it must go through the Rose City Book Pub Store for consignment. Open Mic: Does not require RSVP but a sign up sheet will be present.

Past events (2,291)

Sunday Morning Write in

Ford Food & Drink

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