Andrea A. Firth

Writer, Editor, Educator

Co-Founder, Diablo Writers' Workshop

Join me  for 
Co-writing Time
Details below.

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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. 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, which explore what's real, what's imagined and what lies in between. Examples of her recently published work are listed with links below.

Co-Writing Time

Inspiration. Motivation. Accountability.

Tuesdays, 9:00 am -10:15 am PST
June 28 - July 26
FREE. On Zoom.

I'm taking some time off from teaching this summer. Why? I need to dedicate more time to writing, but I sure would like some company. Don't we all need a nudge to get us to the page sometimes?  Join me on Tuesday mornings (PST) this summer and spend an hour writing in community. After a brief check in, we'll get down to writing (audio muted, camera on or off). Generate new work or Revise a work-in- progress. I'll 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. Come when you can. Same Zoom link each week

Selected Essays and Journalism

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