Bestselling Writer Tom Barbash on the Collaboration Between Writer and Character

tom barbashThis week, critically-acclaimed author Tom Barbash will be speaking to students at the Stanford campus. Author of the New York Times bestselling nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11–A Story of Loss and Renewal, the novel The Last Good Chance and, most recently, the short story collection Stay Up With Me, Tom is much-beloved by readers, fellow writers, and the many students he has taught over the years.

Tom is currently teaching in the MFA program at California College of the Arts and over the last 15 years has taught at Stanford, Iowa, SF State, and St. Mary’s, where he was the Visiting Distinguished Writer.

Last year, upon the publication of Stay Up With Me, The Rumpus sat down with Tom to ask him about inspiration (experiences in his life), writers he loves (Cheever, Updike), how he develops his characters (whether or not they need to be likeable and how they come together), and how his work as a journalist impacts his fiction writing.

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