Andrea A. Firth

Writer, Editor, Educator

Co-Founder, Diablo Writers' Workshop

Editor at the Brevity Blog

How to Get Published in Literary Journals
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Let's Try: Essay 
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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.

A Space to Tell Your Story

Let's Try: Essay

Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm PST
November 2 thru December 14
No Class November 23

6 weeks/$350/on Zoom

Essay comes from the French word essayer, which means to try. This class will provide you a space to try, to tell your story, to write a personal essay. Ideal for creative nonfiction writers of all levels. Each week we'll read one or more of my favorite essays and analyze how the personal story comes alive on the page. Plus prompts, in-class writing and exercises, and four facilitated workshops with supportive feedback from your peers and written feedback from me.

The World of Literary Journals:

How to Get Published

Saturday, October 22nd

8:00-11:00 am PST; 11:00 am -2:00 pm EST

$65 on Zoom

Getting published is a process. Whether you are an experienced writer who wants to publish more, new to submitting and getting ready to send out your first piece or looking for new outlets for writing that is stalled, it’s the same process.

In this course you will learn the steps to follow and the tools and resources to use to submit and be accepted in literary magazines. Plus, you will gain the motivation and encouragement to get started, unstuck, and publishing more. We will create a clear and manageable plan for you to follow and introduce you to range of potential literary outlets for your writing. And there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. This class is being offered via the fine folks at Blue Stoop.

Co-Writing Time

Tuesdays, 9:00 am -10:15 am PST
Inspiration. Motivation. Community


I co-host Tuesday mornings (PST) co-writing sessions with my colleague Janine deBoisblanc.  After a brief check in, we get down to writing (audio muted, camera on or off). Generate new work or Revise a work-in- progress. We provide a prompt each week for those looking for a start, but this time and space is for you to write about whatever you choose. Sixty minutes later, I'll "ring the bell," we'll do a quick check back, and off you go. No need to register in advance.  Same Zoom link each week

Selected Essays and Journalism

Unpacking Mom

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
The Coachella Review, Winter 2020

Old John
eMerge Magazine, Summer 2020

The Pandemic's Quiet Victim: Our Planet
The Bold Italic, July 2020


Aging as the Next Social Revolution
Oakland Magazine, June 2019

Is Video Gaming A New Addiction?
Oakland Magazine, October 2018

Craft and the Writing Life

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

Seven Drafts, an Interview with Allison K Williams

Catapult, December 1, 2021

What Do I Call This? How to Title a Personal Essay
Brevity Nonfiction Blog, September, 2021

Tomato Ready: Publishing, Patience and Pleasant Surprises
Brevity Nonfiction Blog, June, 2021


My Instagram's Insights

Medium, August 5, 2021