Pen on Fire


“In her years of teaching, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett has found aspiring writers–especially women– blocked not by fear of the blank page but by the lack of time. We’re sure we need an afternoon to do any real writing, yet finding even an hour free of work, children, or chores seems impossible.

But you don’t need an hour. Start looking for just fifteen minutes a day–minutes spent stalled in traffic, waiting for water to boil, stuck on hold with the phone company–and DeMarco-Barrett will help you turn them into productive sessions that get and keep your creativity flowing. In short, inspiring chapters, she offers classroom-tested exercises and innovative techniques for generating ideas, as well as advice from well-known authors.

Give her fifteen minutes: She’ll ignite your pen and help you become the writer you have always wanted to be.”

Pen on Fire
by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and at 11 moved to Lansdale, just outside Philadelphia. She attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, where she earned a bachelor’s degree. She has published fiction, poetry, articles and essays in such journals as the Los Angeles Times, The Writer, Poets & Writers, Sunset, Westways, Orange Coast Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News . Her work has been anthologized in two books: The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing (St. Martin’s Press, 2003) and Conversations with Clarence Major (University Press of Mississippi, 2002). She is host of Writers on Writing, a weekly radio show that airs on KUCI-FM (88.9) and at and teaches creative writing at the University of California, Irvine Extension.


She lives in Corona del Mar, California, with her jazz and blues musician husband, her 10-year-old son, two tanks of fish and one cat. Her first book is Pen On Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide for Igniting the Writer Within (Harcourt/Harvest, October 2004).