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Insider Workshop: "Polishing Your Short Story to A Publishable Shine" with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cathedral City Branch Library, 33520 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234


  • Premium Members attend free. Includes free entry to all General Speaker Meetings, Insider Workshops and Writing Labs for the year. You must be logged in to access the discount.
  • Discounted rate for Standard or Student Members. You must be logged in to access the discount.
  • Not a member yet? Please consider joining for $75.00/year to get all the discounts offered. If you join before registering, you will save $75.00 on this workshop alone.
  • Limited to the first 10 members who sign up.

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Insider Workshop

First ten members to sign up for each workshop get in for $50.00. Not a member yet? Please consider joining for $75.00/year. If you join before registering, you will save $75.00 on this workshop alone.

Polishing Your Short Story to A Publishable Shine

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

DeMarco-Barrett’s essays and articles have seen print in various publications including Inlandia, The Ocotillo Review, and The Los Angeles Times among others. Throughout the year she teaches “Pen on Fire” for Gotham Writers Workshop (online), Advanced Creative Writing at Saddleback College’s Emeritus Institute, and holds two private workshops. She co-hosts “Writers on Writing” on KUCI-FM, broadcasting from UC-Irvine. Most recently, Barbara edited the acclaimed desert short-story anthology, Palm Springs Noir.

Description of talk:

An experienced short story writer with an eye for the market, Barbara most recently commissioned thirteen short stories for Palm Springs Noir. And, according to Publisher's Weekly "there wasn’t a dud in the bunch." How did Barbara accomplish this? In this workshop you will learn ways to detect when your story is working, when it’s not, and the reasons for both. If you love to write and/or read short stories, this is the workshop for you. 


Unable to attend, no problem, all registrants will receive a video replay of this presentation.

Please note: masks and proof of double vaccination required for this event.

To receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation processing fee, attendees must cancel their registration 5 days before the event. No refunds will be given after that time. To cancel your registration, go to and click on the blue icon at the top right of any page. Enter user name and password and click "LOG IN". On the next screen click "My event registrations". Select event and cancel registration. 

Meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. 

There will be a table at the back of the room where you can purchase books.

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago