Marilyn’s Creative Writing Classes/Workshops are designed to:

  • Provide a wide variety of springboards and prompts, adaptable to multiple writing genres.
  • Guide participants in expressing themselves, regardless of their age, background, and abilities.
  • Develop skills in revising and editing, paring a piece of writing down to the essentials.
  • Practice in presenting writing as a spoken word presentation.
  • Encourage creative writing as a part of one’s daily practice.



Marilyn Johnston is an Oregon writer.  Her work has been published in dozens of literary journals and poetry anthologies. She received fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and the Fishtrap Foundation, among others, and her writing has received three nominations for Pushcart Prizes.  She is the winner of the Donna J. Stone National Literary Award for Poetry and the 2017 Salmon Creek Literary Journal Award for Flash Fiction. 

Marilyn works in collaboration with Barry Shapiro as part of the Art+Poetry Project at the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility, in partnership with The Arts Center. In addition, she teaches creative writing workshops for the Salem Arts Association, and serves as a facilitator for an Oregon Humanities program designed for returning veterans, using literature as a way to heal from War.  Since 2001, she has facilitated intensive creative writing workshops for youth and adults in the U.S. and Spain. 

In the times we are in, Marilyn finds Margaret Atwood’s quote about writing more important than ever:  “A word after a word after a word is power.”

For the last 20+ years Marilyn has been teaching and helping college art and design students launch their careers. She has also mentored many artists in their first years of Foundation Art teaching as a Department Chair of Foundation Art at the Art Institute of Portland.

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