Portland, OR (population: 573,530) has one creative writing school within its city limits. Portland State University has a total student population of 27,901. It is the 2547th highest ranked school in the USA and the 29th highest in the state of Oregon (#1 is Reed College). To learn more about creative writing programs in Portland, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of creative writing professors at Portland State University such as Diana Abu Jabr, Brian Bendis!, Daneen Bergland, Thom Bray, Megan Breen-Leigh, and Zapoura Calvert de Ramos.
Creative Writing students from Portland schools who go on to become creative writers, writers, storytellers, freelances, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Technical writers make on average $65,610 per year and there are about 46,270 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area alone, there are 470 employed technical writers earning an average salary of $67,380. Writers and authors in this area earn $54,000/yr and there are 420 employed.
Portland lies in Clackamas county, which is one of the 16 counties in Oregon. Overall, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton-WA area has 993,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $22.15/hr average worker wage, and a $46,080 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.425 out of every 1000 jobs in Portland are held by writers and authors, and 0.469/1000 are held by technical writers.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Portland State University ends up costing a student $11,824/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Portland|
|Oregon City||OR||-||1||13.6089||75||12.9 miles|
|The Dalles||OR||-||1||11.3829||21||71.8 miles|