Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is the author of Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt Mifflin Harcourt/Mars Street Press), which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the Best Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She edited the anthology Palm Springs Noir (Akashic Books), and her short stories have been included in the anthologies Coolest American Stories (Coolest Stories Press), USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, and Orange County Noir (both Akashic Books). Her short fiction has appeared in Oyez Review, Literary Hatchet, Broad River Review, Rock and a Hard Place, and Dark City Crime and Mystery Magazine. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Inlandia, the Antarctica Review, the Ocotillo Review, the San Jose Mercury News, Orange Coast Magazine, Poets and Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. She hosts and produces the long-running podcast Writers on Writing, and she was a co-producer and writer of the documentary Not in My Neighborhood. She has taught at Chapman University, the University of California-Irvine, and Saddleback College.

Teacher Excerpts

Palm Springs Noir

Teacher Articles

A Candid Talk About Agents

Books to Film

Breaking the Dry Spell

Jumping Genres

On Revision

Social Media: Does it Really Sell Books

The Writing Therapist

Writing Into Your Seventies and Beyond

Writing Noir