Tattered Cover Reading from TO THE MOUNTAIN 2014


City Arts Reading 2013:


General Information:

Recently asked to give the keynote address for the 2017 Association for Mormon Letters conference, Barber has spoken at writers’ conferences, women’s conferences, women’s pilgrimages and retreats, symposiums, book club groups, and has served on literary panels at Writers at Work, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Lighthouse LitFest, and at the Associated Writing Programs conferences, among others.

After taking a twenty-year hiatus from the church of her birth and writing a book (To the Mountain: One Mormon Woman's Search for Spirit, May 2014) about her diverse spiritual experiences, she welcomes opportunities to speak on the subject of what people can learn from each other in their individual journeys toward the Unseen.

For speaking engagements, she's most interested in the topics of faith and religion, difficult personal relationships and how to engage them differently, and the craft of writing both fiction and creative nonfiction with emphases on such topics as structure, characterization, how to use setting to your advantage, how to stay with the moment, how to see your story objectively and be freed from the prison of subjectivity with your personal narrative.


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