short story writer & novelist, 
                speaker & writing teacher


For Barrett's Fiction Writing students, here is a link to the textbook:
The Making of a Story

Writing • Teaching • Literary Musings



Barrett will be at Sewanee this summer!
And Breadloaf yipee!


Hunger Mountain

The Real World of the Writing Life at The Missouri Review blog

Barrett has two craft essays in the aptly named Firsts issue:

7 Ways to Seduce Your Reader


Love at First Sight: Agents and Editors on Irresistible Beginnings