Barbara A. Barnett

Barbara A. Barnett

Barbara A. Barnett is a Philadelphia-area writer, musician, orchestra librarian, and Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate. Her short fiction, which ranges from the dark to the wacky and whimsical, has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Shimmer, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, Fantasy Magazine, Black Static, and Wilde Stories: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction. She is a contributor to Speculative Chic and currently serves as managing editor of the Odyssey Writing Workshop's blog.

Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts in music (vocal performance) and English literature from the University of Maryland and her Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. Outside of fiction writing, she has spent most of her professional life working for performing arts organizations, from grant writing and database management for opera and theater companies to her current position as a part-time librarian with the Philadelphia Orchestra.


A full bibliography is available at

Awards and Memberships

Active Member, SFWA

Related Experience

Public readings

Convention panelist


  • Led a four-part fiction writing workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ (October 2015)
  • Served as Resident Supervisor (2015-present), overall workshop moderator (2011), and critique group moderator (2011-2012, 2014) for The Never-Ending Odyssey (TNEO), an annual eight-day, invitation-only workshop exclusively for graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH

Lectures & Presentations:

  • For the South Jersey Writers' GroupTurning Ideas into Stories and Other Tales from Publishing (April 2013)
  • For The Never-Ending Odyssey (TNEO): What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Writing Humor? (July 2017); So Emotional: Using Emotion Arcs in Your Writing (July 2014); Buffy the Rejection Slayer: Defeating Doubt, Procrastination & Other Writerly Demons (July 2012); The Musical Stylings of Your Prose (July 2012); Top Literary Agents for New F/SF/H Writers (July 2010); "Exercising" Your Dialogue Demons (July 2008)

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