I love the power true stories hold, words stacked and held together by turns of phrase that highlight the integrity they demand. I love the shape of them and the sound, the emotional rigor they show me I didn’t know I had. I love inspiring others to share their true stories, all of us in it together on the page.

For over a decade, I’ve grown as a writer, editor, and educator, earning my master’s degree in English, with post-graduate work at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. I teach creative writing workshops, as well as working one-on-one with creatives, aspiring authors, and other private clients. From artist statements to full-length story collections to social media posts, I offer editing and content development for writerly projects large and small.

I write where life takes me, more often than not, my bed in my hometown, Portland, Oregon.

May my words be brave,

Jenny Bates