2023 Summer Conference
Advanced Fiction Writing
The workshop is limited to eight registrants on a first-come, first-served basis. $50 fee. To reserve one of the eight spaces, submit a manuscript (3,000 words or less) electronically by no later than June 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Submission for Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing. You will be invoiced for $50 fee when you register. Manuscripts will be distributed to all participants in advance of the conference.
Lynne Barrett is the award-winning author of three short story collections The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go, and Magpies, which received the Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for General Fiction in 2012. Her anthology Making Good Time, True Stories of How We Do, and Don't, Get Around in South Florida, was published in Fall 2019 by Jai-Alai Books. What Editors Want: A Must Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines, published by Rain Chain Press, has recently gone into its second printing. The essay on which it is based, published in The Review Review, was featured in the L.A. Times Book Blog and republished in Glimmer Train's digest. Barrett edited Tigertail: Florida Flash, and co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook, a collection of Cain's nonfiction.
Her short stories have appeared in many journals including the Orange Blossom Review, New Flash Fiction Review, Mystery Tribune, Necessary Fiction,The Miami Rail, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, Night Train, and Real South. And her essays have been published in The Hong Kong Review, River Teeth's "Beautiful Things" series, andThe Southern Women's Review.
In Fall 2020, a new essay was included Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault (Beacon Press), and a short story from the 1990s was republshed Akashic's Miami Noir: The Classics. Her stories and essays are included in many anthologies and textbooks, including: Flash! Writing the Very Short Story, Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash, Fifteen Views of Miami, Trouble in the Heartland, Blue Christmas, One Year to a Writing Life, Delta Blues, A Dixie Christmas, Miami Noir, Simply the Best Mysteries, A Hell of a Woman, Mondo Barbie, Literature: Reading and Responding to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay, The Lexington Introduction to Literature, and many more.
She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America, the Moondance International Film Festival award for Best Short story, and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She teaches in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Florida International University and edits The Florida Book Review.