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About Us

Diablo Writers’ Workshop was established in 2017 by Janine deBoisblanc and Andrea A. Firth, both alumni of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of California. Hiking the hills in the East Bay together with our dogs leading the way and Mount Diablo as the backdrop, the vision for Diablo Writers’ Workshop became clear. We are committed to making professional writing classes accessible and to helping you make writing a part of your life. We offer a stimulating and supportive environment where you will grow as both a reader and a writer. Our classes include a wide range of readings, analysis and craft discussion, free writes and sharing, and prompts. Whether you’re drawn to fiction, memoir, essay or poetry, our workshop method creates a safe and encouraging space for you to take risks and generate powerful work. You will surprise yourself! Plus, we provide a detailed analysis, written and oral, of each student’s workshop submission. Most importantly we honor the rigor and joy of the creative process by working hard but not taking ourselves too seriously.

 

We hold live classes in two locations, at our local independent bookstore, Orinda Books, and the Writing Studio in Moraga, and online via Zoom. Currently, all of our classes, workshops, and consultation are being conducted online via Zoom.

 

-Andrea and Janine

Andrea A. Firth

Janine deBoisblanc

P.O. Box 621

Lafayette, CA 94549

P.O. Box 621

Lafayette, CA 94549

Andrea Firth has been a freelance writer and journalist for over twenty-five years and has taught writing in both the college and community settings. ​

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,” find their stories, 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 is working on a collection of essays, which explores beginnings, endings, and the hardship and happiness that lies in between. You can read her most recently published essays here, here, and here.

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 about helping writers express themselves through both creative nonfiction and fiction.

She is particularly interested in autobiographical storytelling and how writing about our personal experiences can speak to universal themes, reaching readers of all backgrounds.

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 the pursuit of art and following dreams, which may break us and save us.

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