CLOVER, Vol 14 is HERE!

Norman and I opened the box containing the 14th edition of Clover, A Literary Rag this past Monday.  Fourteen firsts from the finest writers we can gather. We feature poetry and stories from wherever they arrive. Clover won a Bellingham Mayor’s Arts award in 2017. We have a generous share of resistance writing to make you Read More

Get to Know Us!

At the Independent Writers’ Studio, I offer two groups for writers: Monday afternoons from 1-3 PM and Tuesday evenings, 7-9 PM. The room is an invitation to write: a long and much loved red mahogany table, a coffee pot perking, and tea water heating await group members.   Our writers come from all walks of life, Read More


  I recently moved from a huge house to a small house. In an insane real estate market, my old house sold 4 times in 5 months.  The heart palpitating ride landed and although I am not getting in line for another go-round, I am delighted I braved the one I was on. Outside my window Read More

Summertime at IWS

  Summertime at IWS We meet on Mondays from 1-3 PM–our evening group resets during July.  The week of July 12 we meet on Tuesday evening at 7 PM. The Independent Writers’ Studio is home of CLOVER, A LITERARY RAG.  For Submissions please follow the link! CLOVER, A LITERARY RAG, Vol. 9 is available at Threshold Documents Read More


I have a list of things I want to say: 1.  You are the master of your imagination — the engineer whose job it is to develop a pathway from your experience to an audience.  In your own words. 2.  The Independent Writers’ Studio begins again June 22, that is Monday at 1 PM.  Get excited Read More

Clover, A Literary Rag, Vol. 8, Reading Date

Yesterday I listened to a leafless tree–a small crabapple or cherry tree, perhaps, but a singing tree.  I studied the empty limbs, and saw the fluff of a squirrel’s tail as it lay prone along a branch. Apparently the squirrel was curious, too. My two little dogs and I stood stalk still, waiting.  Those were chickadee songs Read More


IWS attended the writers Chuckanut Writers Conference at Whatcom Community College this weekend.  Village Books and Whatcom Community College jointly put on the  writers conference.  Hats off to Chuck and Dee Robinson who support writers at the ground level, and give them a garden to grow in.  Anna Wolff from Whatcom College and Paul Hanson Read More

Four Candles

Officially we will celebrate the Independent Writers’ Studio’s birthday at our Clover, A Literary Rag event on Saturday, September 28th at Village Books.  Wish us well.  Join us then for a reading from our Volume 5 of Clover.  The studio is four years old, and is a Recession baby.   She’s up and walking and talking. Read More

Everything’s Coming Up Clover

IWS steered into 2012 with engines revved.   We just finished a fiction writing workshop courtesy of Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner.   Our first ever author-invitational.  He shook things up some. We received boat passes on the schooner, Zodiac to participate in Bellingham Rendevous courtesy of IWS member Chris Wallace who is chief mate on the schooner.  I’ve never been on a tall Read More

Cloughmills — February 8, 2012 — Getting Unstuck

I dreamed I  went to a physical therapy appointment.  The waiting room was large and industrial, the way it is with big practices.  Cold.  Most of the patients making due with old chairs, that are unpadded.  These chairs hold the frailest of us.  My doctor’s office has such a waiting room, and I think, how Read More

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