Red Wheelbarrow Writers


by William Carlos Williams


so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white


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.

For the young ones lost in 2020

Dr. Ben Carse Nolting Student Support Fund

The Dr. Ben Carse Nolting Student Support Fund is established to honor the life of Ben Carse Nolting and benefits UNL undergraduate and graduate students pursuing study in Mathematics with preference for the disadvantaged.

Save the Children US – In honor of Jeff Adair

Jeff was passionate about supporting children in need. Once he finished his NGO management certificate, he would have continued. Please help him continue.


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



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



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. 



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.


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Museum of Stranger Things—Chapter 28

Museum of Stranger Things—Chapter 28

by Patti D. Thomas1,716 words A hush fell over the room as they listened to the howl of the wolf. Jasmine sat with her eyes closed, a soft smile on her lips. As soon as the howling ceased, with her eyes still closed, she crossed her hands over her heart. Slowly, she...

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Museum of Stanger Things—Chapter 27

Museum of Stanger Things—Chapter 27

by Seán Dwyer1735 words Catherine paused a moment to see if Lindsay would speak up, then she replied to Ted’s question. “Josiah is talking about himself. He feels shame over the way he dealt with the Tlingit people whose land he scarred, and with the workers he...

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Museum of Stranger Things—Chapter 26

Museum of Stranger Things—Chapter 26

by Cami Ostman1863 words The museum breathed in the taste of victory as the ambulance came to collect Toni’s remains. Now there would be no need to press back against a potential sale. As if She could be sold, like an object! As the matriarch and host of stories both...

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