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The WritersUA West venue is McMenamin’s Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon. All of the sessions will take place there. The venue is a converted school. As with other McMenamin properties, a lot of attention is paid to retaining the atmosphere of the original building while adding artistic and contemporary designs.


McMenamin’s offer a unique experience as a hotel. There are two types of rooms. In the original school building, the sleeping rooms are converted classrooms. There is an adjacent building with standard hotel rooms at a bit of a lower price. All the prices for rooms are determined by availability. Book early to get the best selection and price. There is not a WritersUA rate.


The Portland (PDX) airport is just a ten-minute taxi ride from the conference venue. The venue offers free parking.

The Portland Area

The conference venue has a restaurant, brewery, and lounges. We expect to be spending most of our time there during the two days. Downtown Portland is a ten-minute drive or a twenty-minute bus ride. Portland is a great place to explore before or after the conference.