Andrea A. Firth is a writer, editor, and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is cofounder of Diablo Writers’ Workshop where she teaches creative writing, provides editorial consulting, and supports a vibrant writing community. She is also an Editor for the Brevity Blog. Andrea received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California where she also teaches design thinking and life design. Her focus is personal essay, and in 2021 she was a finalist for the Missouri Review's Perkoff Prize. She was a longtime contributor to Oakland Magazine and has published hundreds of articles in news outlets and magazines. Inspired by a handful of old family photos, Andrea is working on a collection of essays, Examples of her recently published work are listed with links below.
Meaning Making and the Personal Essay
Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am PST FULL
Tuesdays 3:00 - 5:00 pm PST FULL
February 7 thru March 14
6 weeks/$350/on Zoom
The art and craft of the personal essay pivots on the question--What does it mean? Essay, as a genre, opens the door to exploration, investigation and questioning. What does my personal experience mean in the context of the rest of the wide world? Probing for answers and making connections is what brings meaning to essay making. Each week we'll read and discuss thought-provoking essays and through freewrites and facilitated workshops, we'll see how our personal experiences intersect with society and the environment and discover what that means. You will receive supportive feedback from your peers and written feedback from me. Open to creative nonfiction writers of all levels--some workshop experience is ideal.
Join the Wait List in case a spot opens up--it happens.
Inspiration. Motivation. Community
9:00 am - 10:15 am PST
FREE. On Zoom
Spend an hour writing in community. I alternate co-hosting with my colleague Janine Noel. After a brief check in, you'll get down to writing (audio muted, camera on or off). Generate new work or revise a work-in- progress. We will provide a prompt each week for those looking for a start, but this time and space is for you to write what you choose. No need to register in advance.
Submit It Now!
Time and support to help you get your work out to lit mags
Next session: January 26th
3:00 - 4:15 pm PST
FREE. On Zoom.
Gather with other writers and dedicate an hour to submitting your writing to lit mags. After a brief check-in, I will introduce you to a great tool or resource to make the submission process easier and more fun. From there you will get to work and I will be available for questions. At the close we’ll see how the hour went and celebrate hitting SUBMIT. No advance registration needed.
Selected Essays and Journalism
Dorothy Parker's Ashes, January 2023
Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose, Fall 2022
Fear of Infinity
Please See Me, April 22, 2022
Capturing the Final Moments of Pregnancy in a Picture
Motherwell, August, 2021
A Coyote in the Midst
Is Video Gaming A New Addiction?
Oakland Magazine, October 2018
Craft and the Writing Life
Watch Out for the Unexpected
Brevity Nonfiction Blog, October 14, 2022
How the Literary Journal Landscape Is and Isn't Changing
Jane Friedman's Blog, April 26, 2022
You Always Remember Your First
Brevity Nonfiction Blog, April, 2022