Artist Workshops

Join the Beaverton Arts Program and Write Around Portland for a 2-part workshop series devoted to developing and honing an authentic artist statement!

Crafting Authentic Artist Statements

We need artist statements of different shapes and tones for different purposes: programs, press releases, grant applications, and websites. In order to craft these, we first need to clearly articulate our internal artist statement, one that speaks honestly and passionately about our work. We owe it to our work to represent it well.

Write Around Portland facilitator, Kellie Ernst, will lead both workshops. The first time Kellie Ernst read the following from Kurt Vonnegut, “The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow.” she pushed back her chair, threw her arms in the air and wailed a quaking hallelujah! This quote captures exactly the stuff – the huge, mysterious, life-affirming, soulful stuff – that keeps her humbly and joyously seeking growth as a writer and facilitator for Write Around Portland. Born in love with words and trained in Social Work and Medical Anthropology, Kellie is at home with human stories and has witnessed, repeatedly, their power to connect, heal, and transform lives. She has studied craft with a vast and talented array of poetic and non-fiction specialists and celebrates the discovery of worlds old and new in every literary genre. She wants to write with you. For more information, visit

Monday, Apr. 24, 6 – 8 pm
Beaverton City Library – Meeting Room B, 12375 SW Fifth St
The first workshop of the series will allow us to approach artist statements from a creative perspective through writing prompts that will draw out the heart of your work.

Monday, May 15, 6 – 8 pm
Beaverton City Library – Meeting Room B, 12375 SW Fifth St
The second workshop will focus on honing your statement for different audiences and purposes.

Attendance at the first workshop is not required to attend the second workshop, and artists are encouraged to attend both workshops to get the most out of the experience. Good for any level of experience. Please bring your favorite journal and pen to write with.

All workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited to 18 participants, so please RSVP to any of these workshops by emailing