Memory into Memoir

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We Released Our First Community-Created Book


BELLINGHAM, WA—In 2013, Flavorwire named Bellingham one of the top 20 “Great American Cities for Writers.” The Red Wheelbarrow Writers, formed here five years ago, give voice to that assessment: we have classes and workshops, critique groups and bookish events from readings to a book club. The Red Wheelbarrow Writers are all about creating and maintaining community. In September 2016 we release our first book, an , an anthology titled Memory into Memoir.

The anthology, too, is a project of community collaboration, using Red Wheelbarrows own talents and resources to write, edit, publish, and market this collection of 30+ memoir pieces. We think the story behind this book, Memory into Memoir, launching at Village Books September 16, is an opportunity for a crowd-pleasing community feature. Two of the three Red Wheelbarrow Writers Founders, Laura Kalpakian and Cami Ostman, are available for an interview. Photos of our activities are also available.

Here’s Laura Kalpakian on Red Wheelbarrow Writers:

“So much depends. . .on community. We altered this sweet, succinct line for the William Carlos Williams poem when we first started Red Wheelbarrow Writers. Six years ago. . .[we] began with some classes, but the concept of Red Wheelbarrow quickly evolved into something much less structured, much looser, more fun. When I am asked to describe Red Wheelbarrow, I always say it is a loose affiliation of lively writers.

“The loose and the lively are equally important. We don’t have members. We don’t pay dues. We don’t take roll or assign committees. We have no Board, though we have a lively ‘Bored’ meeting once a month. That’s also loose.

“With this anthology Memory into Memoir, which grew out of our first WhaMemWriMo (Whatcom Memoir Writers Month) in September 2016, Red Wheelbarrow takes a big step forward. We are still a loose affiliation of lively writers, but we have come together to create our own book with our own voices, funds, skills and talents.”

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