Creative Writing in the East Bay
Diablo Writers' Workshop
New Fall Classes Enrolling Now
With Andrea at the Writing Studio In Moraga
Register by email: email@example.com
For Writers with experience.
Tuesdays, 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Fall 2: 10/29 thru 12/10
No class 11/26 $300/6-week session
Join a collaborative group of writers and cross the border with us. In both our readings and writing we will examine and push the boundaries of craft, form and genre. Ideal for the writer with some workshop or writing class experience and open to all genres. You can workshop projects in progress or new work and take one session or both.
You Are the Story
Memoir and Personal Essay
Wednesdays, 9/18 thru 10/23
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
We'll use real life as our inspiration. You will read published writers and examine the key elements of storytelling through their work. And, you will have many opportunities to write and share your work through weekly freewrites and in a fun and productive workshop setting.
Write Here. Right Now.
A Place to Get Started.
Thursdays, 10/31 thru 12/12
9:30 am to 11:30 am
No class 11/28 6-weeks, $300
Are you looking for motivation, structure, or time to write? This will be a generative class with brief readings and prompts to inspire you to write both in and out of class. You will have the opportunity to share your writing too. Designed for beginners and those with some writing experience and open all genres—nonfiction, fiction, memoir, and personal essay.
Diablo Writers’ Workshop brings adult writers of all ages and experience together with the goal of inspiring and guiding them to discover their stories and succeed in telling them. We keep our classes small to provide room for expression and lots of individual attention. Our Writing from Life Experience series of classes center around a themes, like time, conflict, and lessons from contemporary writers, and all include stimulating readings, in-class writing exercises, prompts to motivate your writing outside of class, and a workshop to share your writing. Plus, Janine and Andrea provide a detailed analysis of each student’s workshop piece along with a written critique. Moving forward, we plan to offer half-day and full-day writing retreats where we will journal, do some yoga, and dig deep into the writing process.
Whether you’re drawn to fiction, nonfiction, memoir, essay or poetry—we offer a supportive environment where you can take risks while expanding your awareness of both writing and reading as a writer. With camaraderie we will strive to make vivid and powerful work. Most importantly we will honor the rigor and joy of the creative process by working hard but not taking ourselves too seriously.
who we are
Established by Andrea A. Firth and Janine deBoisblanc, both alumni of the St. Mary’s College of California’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, Diablo Writers’ Workshop is committed to making professional level classes accessible East of the tunnel, allowing you to more easily make writing a priority in your life. We offer daytime and evening classes in two convenient locations—at the independent bookstore Orinda Books and at a writing studio in Moraga.
Janine deBoisblanc holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. With experience teaching English at the college level, she is passionate
Andrea Firth has been a freelance writer and journalist for over twenty years and has taught writing in both the college and community settings.
about helping writers express themselves through both creative nonfiction and fiction. She is particularly interested in autobiographical works and how stories find their ideal form.
A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in drama, Janine brings a love for the performing arts to her creative writing process. She cares deeply about developing strong characters and exciting scenes set against cinematic backgrounds. She is currently working on a memoir about dreams, sacrifices, and the pursuit of art. Janine is thrilled to be a part of the bookselling team at Orinda Books.
Andrea believes that we all have interesting stories to tell—finding those stories and how best to frame them, through memoir, personal essay, or fiction, is what excites her about teaching. She helps writers learn how to “read as a writer” and edit their work too.
Andrea has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. Inspired by a handful of old family photos, Andrea recently completed a collection of essays, which explores beginnings, endings, and the hardship and happiness that lies in between.