Red Wheelbarrow Writers

THE RED WHEELBARROW

by William Carlos Williams

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so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

Welcome

At Red Wheelbarrow Writers, we believe that so much depends upon community. We are a loose affiliation of working writers who produce independently, and who join together to support, encourage, and sustain one another.

Red Wheelbarrow Writers is not a club or non-profit. We have no dues or formal order of responsibility. When we need money, we pass the hat. When we have an important endeavor, we show up. Several times a year we have a Bored Meeting (yes, that’s the correct word) that is not at all boring. Anyone can attend with a thought, an idea, a project.

We welcome all writers to our monthly Happy Hour to drink wine, share excerpts of works-in-progress, exchange news and views. We often meet for Write-Outs, a day spent writing together in unique settings.

Red Wheelbarrow Writers participates in the annual April National Poetry Month with a dedicated Facebook page. Each November, National Novel Writing Month, we collectively write a novel, and in December we come together for a reading of this novel where, as they say, hilarity ensues. For details on all our activities, see Events.

Partnering with Village Books and Whatcom Community College, Red Wheelbarrow Writers created Washington Memoir Month. Annually, for the whole month of September, memoir writers gather for classes, readings, weekly Write-Outs and mutual encouragement. Since 2016, we have combined our talents to write, edit, and publish an anthology every other year. See Publications for more information.

Red Wheelbarrow Writers was founded in 2010 by Cami Ostman, Laura Kalpakian, and Susan Tive. We have evolved to include hundreds of writers on our mailing list and on our Facebook page. We are located in Bellingham, Washington. We act locally and think globally. In fostering connection among writers, we create community. We invite you to join us.

MONTHLY HAPPY HOUR:

First Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. Currently our meetings are online through Zoom. See Updates for current link information.

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NaPoWriMo:

RWB has a private Facebook page for National Poetry Writing Month in which poets write a poem a day for the month of April.

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WaMemWriMo:

Since 2014, September has been declared Washington Memoir Writing Month by the Red Wheelbarrow Writers in conjunction with Village Books and Whatcom Community College. Throughout the month there are classes, write-outs, readings and encouragement to write 50,000 words of your memoir. 

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NaNoWriMo:

November is National Novel Writing Month and Red Wheelbarrow Writers hosts a collective novel. Each participant writes one chapter of approximately 1667 words on their day for a total of 50,000 words by the end of the month. Then each writer who wishes to reads a portion of their chapter at Village Books in December.

Publications

Latest News, Events, Book Announcements and more…

Zoom Link for Happy Hour

Zoom Link for Happy Hour

Here is the current Zoom Link.... Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUldeGvqz4iGtd3B-5E-IiXOsUcHtn_2J4Z After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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RWB Anthology

RWB Anthology

“So much depends.....on community” We altered this sweet, succinct line from the William Carlos Williams poem when we first started Red Wheelbarrow Writers. Six years ago Cami Ostman, Susan Tive, and I began with some classes, but the concept of Red Wheelbarrow...

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A MESSAGE FROM LAURA, SUSAN AND VICTORIA!

Hello RWB NaNoWriMo authors. We’re super excited to hear you read your magic this coming Thursday! To make sure we’re all on the same page, we are re-posting the guidelines you received earlier. Here you go: We are delighted you are joining us for the Fourth Annual...

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