Portland Fiction Project is a collaborative writing project that began in 2006. The participating writers committed to writing and workshopping new short stories on a weekly basis using a prompt-based writing process. The stories produced together for each prompt were published in our online publication at portlandfiction.net. The group met regularly until 2010 and has performed together at readings around Portland.
During the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011, Portland Fiction Project worked on two projects that focused on social issues, using the same prompt-based weekly writing and workshop process. The work produced in these workshops were used to create stories featured in benefit readings to raise money for charities that deal with the issues the work focused on, as well as to help explore the issue being addressed.
During the Summer and Fall of 2011, Portland Fiction Project collaborated with The Benjamin Benjamin Art Gallery, using artwork from an upcoming show at Benjamin Benjamin as visual prompts. Some of these stories were re-written as theatrical monologues to be performed live by a company of actors. Other stories from the collection produced were performed by the participating writers at a live reading.
We will continue to work on projects with the intention of creating quality writing while experimenting with the medium of the short story.