Work I've Taught In Plot Class:

For those of you interested in plot, I'm posting some of the reading I have used in different semesters of my plot course:

Aristotle's Poetics (I like the Hutton translation)

Maria Tatar's The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton)

Pride & Prejudice

Wuthering Heights

Great Expectations

The Great Gatsby

The Postman Always Rings Twice

I've taught several works by Graham Greene, including The Third Man, The End of the Affair, Our Man in Havana, and Travels with my Aunt.

Short stories by Poe, Wharton, Conan Doyle.

Rebecca, Du Maurier

The Long Goodbye, Chandler

A Far Cry From Kensington, Muriel Spark,

Possession, A. S. Byatt

Polar Star, Martin Cruz Smith

The Final Solution, Michael Chabon (with the Conan Doyle stories). The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,  Mark Haddon

Students choose works outside the reading list to analyze for plot and structure, and have ranged widely across literary fiction, horror, science fiction, memoir, historical fiction.




Recent Events

The International Women's Writing Guild annual conference, this year took place at Yale University, New Haven, CT, June 24-July 1.

I taught two classes at Grub Street's Muse & the Marketplace, Boston, April 30-May 1, 2011.

Info here.

April 8 & 9, 2011, I read and was part of two panels at the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers conference at the University of South Alabama's Fairhope, AL campus. This is a great organization for writers in the Gulf States who teach, or aspire to. Check out the website to learn more.

My workshop "Haunted: Ghost Stories and the Use of the Uncanny," Oct. 30th, 2010 at FIU's BBC Campus was a benefit for Gulf

Stream Magazine, and drew a great crowd of writers ready to think about what's eerie. To learn about GS's other workshops, visit their site.

Aug. 4-6, 2010 I taught at the International Women's Writing Guild Conference at Brown University, Providence, RI, which ran from July 30-Aug. 6. 

July 29-Aug. 1, 2010, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, CA.  Coverage fro

m the San Francisco Examiner.  I had the pleasure of teaching a master class in revision, a class in flash forms, and giving a keynote address on the last night.  And I got to see whales spouting off Point Cabrillo.

In May 2010 in South Florida, Les Standiford and I did two events , reading from our stories in Tyrus Books' Delta Blues anthology, edited by Carolyn Haines with a foreward by Morgan Freeman.

May 18, 8 PM, Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL.


May 21, 7 PM, Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Delray Beach, FL

May 1 & 2, 2010:I had a great time teaching at Grub Street's Muse & the Marketplace Conference at the Park Plaza Hotel  in Boston.  More info. here.

April 24, 7 p.m., Lip Service True Stories Out Loud  reading at Books and Books, Coral Gables, FL.  Coverage on Plum TV.

April 8-10, 2010, Associated Writing Programs Conference, Denver, CO. I was on a panel on plot and form, "Plot as Ritual Not Representation," with John Dufresne, Debra Monroe, and Antonia Nelson.   Tamara Linse blogged the session. And the Lavademon blog covered the panel in detail.

March 26-27, Events for launch of Delta Blues from Tyrus books in Clarksdale, Mississippi, including debut of the Blues Muse Band at Ground Zero Blues Club on Saturday evening.

March 5th and 6th, 2010: Fairhope, AL, the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers conference (U. South Alabama-Baldwin County Campus), I read fiction and chaired a panel on On-line vs. traditional publishing.

Feb. 24, 2010, 2 PM, reading at Broward College, South Campus Amphitheater, Pembroke Pines, FL, part of Southern Exposure Book Fest, which runs Feb 10th -April 13.

Jan 16-17, 2010  Workshop and Master Class in Structure, Geneva Writers Group, Geneva, Switzerland. 

Saturday class: Fundamentals of Narrative Structure (morning) and Creating a Strong Story Structure for Your Novel (afternoon). 

Sunday Master Class.


Alice Baudat of the Geneva Writers Group did this watercolor of Lynne teaching in Switzerland in April 2008. 

In November 2009, I coordinated the Florida Book Review's live-blogging of the 26th annual

Miami Book Fair International.  Read it online.

Nov. 5-8, 2009, FGCU Sanibel Writer's Conference, Sanibel Island, FL.  (That's quite a line-up on the poster!)

Oct. 22-24, 2009 F.I.U.
Hutchinson Island Writers Conference, Hutchinson Island, FL.

All-day workshop "Plot: The Structure of Story in Fiction, Memoir, and Narrative Nonfiction," Oct. 17, 2009, as part of the International Women's Writing Guild's Big Apple Weekend  at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, N.Y., NY.

June 12-19, 2009: International Women's Writing Guild Remember the Magic Conference, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.


June 6, 2009: One day workshop, "Plot: The Map of the Story," at Grub Street, Boston, MA. More info. soon.

May 16, 2009: At 7 PM, I was part of the Lip Service reading at Book & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL.  

 And earlier that day I spoke on "The Rift: Creating Complex Characters" at the monthly lunch meeting of the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America

May 6-9, 2009:  Florida Center for the Literary Arts Writers Institute, Miami, FL   I taught a workshop called "Understanding Plot."


Feb. 28, 2009: Workshop, Southwest Florida Romance Writers, Naples, FL.

Nov. 6-8, 2008:  FGCU Sanibel Writers Conference, Sanibel Island, FL

Tom DeMarchi, director of the conference, talks about it online at The Southeast Review.

The conference was great and the weather was gorgeous.


Oct. 30, 2008 6 P.M., Meet the Authors, All Souls' Episcopal Church,  Miami Beach.  Reading, dicussion and signing by Diane Abu-Jaber, Lynne Barrett, and Lorna Owens read.  4025 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach.  For more info, 305-538-2244.




Oct. 22-25, 2008: FIU Writers Conference on Hutchinson Island, FL


June 13-20 2008: International Women's Writing Guild Conference, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. 


 May 22, The Noir Side of the Sun: Crimes, Mysteries & Thrillers Miami Style, 6:30 PM Soya  e Pomodoro, 120 NE 1st St., Miami. 

 A Write Out Loud reading, sponsored by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts. Featuring Lynne Barrett, James O. Born, Edna Buchanan, Vicki Hendricks, Paul Levine, Bob Norman, and Bob Williamson.

After the event, James O.Born reflected on how strangely safe downtown Miami has become


 May 20, Open Doors presented an Evening of Poetry and Storytelling.  Lynne Barrett, Leonard Nash, Nina Romano read .  Open Doors, Miami Modern District, 7300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.  A reading at a furniture store?  Why, yes.

The Miami Herald's Ben Candea reports on the evening.

Tom Swick's blog at the Sun-Sentinel describes this event and other doings on the Upper East Side.


April 12-13, Master Class: Saturday: "The Map of the Story: Story, Scene, Movement, Territory,", Sunday Master Class in Fiction,  Geneva Writer's Group, Geneva, Switzerland.

                                          Geneva Press Club 


Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Workshop: "21st Century Noir," at the Florida Center for the Book, Broward Public Library, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Chauncey Mabe of the Sun-Sentinel gave this workshop a great write-up on his blog.  This workshop was part of The Big Read  For info on other Florida Center for the Book events, e-mail.





Kind words from Chauncey Mabe of the Sun-Sentinel for my workshop at the Florida Center for the Book in March.


Monday, March 10: A Hell of A Woman, A Conversation, with Megan Abbott, Lynne Barrett & Vicki Hendricks.                                                          —10 a.m., Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Room 2106, Miami                                                                                                               —1:30 p.m., Miami Dade College, Hialeah Campus, 1780 W. 49th St., Hialeah  Co-presented by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts and the student life department at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus in celebration of
Women's History Month.  Free and open to the public.


Saturday, March 8, American Association of  University Women Book Brunch, Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, FL .



December 7: Launch of A Hell of a Woman at Murder on the Beach in Delray Beach, FL. 

Lynne Barrett & Vicki Hendricks read from their stories in  the new anthology of female noir and answered questions.




A Murder on the Beach denizen appreciates A Hell of a Woman 


Miami Book Fair International 

November 10th & 11th: The Florida Book Review took on live-blogging at the Book Fair, coordinated by Lynne.  Read her piece on Richard Russo and the questions authors are asked here and blogging by FBR staff, book fair attendees, and other authors here.

Noir Fiction, the Darker Side of Literature Sunday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 P.M.  featured  Megan Abbott, Lynne Barrett, John Bond, John Dufresne, & Vicki Hendricks reading from their work and discussing what the heck Noir is, anyway, to a lively audience that packed Centre Gallery at Miami Dade College.  Lynne & Vicki read from their stories in A Hell of A Woman, an anthology of female noir edited by Megan Abbott.  There's a blurry photo of the panel up on John Dufresne's blog.

Earlier in 2007, on the Miami Noir touring trail...

LB, Vicki Hendricks, Jeff Wehr, George Tucker, Barbara Parker at Murder on the Beach.