Andrea A. Firth

In A Flash

Virtual class on Zoom

Thursdays, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

March 4 - April 29 (no class April 1)

8 weeks/$400

Flash is hot! This burgeoning genre is known for its exciting, edgy, experimental writing, which often includes a surprising twist. We will read a range of flash fiction, nonfiction, and poetry (6-1,500 words) and see what these tightly crafted stories will teach about word choice, concision, narrative tension, movement, structure and more. We’ll do targeted freewrites and exercises where we’ll practice the “short write.” And we’ll workshop your writing too, short, long, any genre—writer’s choice. If you have a work in progress that you want to workshop, that’s fine too. Ideal for writers of any genre with some workshop experience.

Janine deBoisblanc

Who Speaks? 

Creating Captivating Characters

Virtual class held on ZOOM

Wednesdays, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST

March 31 - April 28

5 weeks/$250 


Get your characters up and running! Be it memoir or fiction, characters fuel our stories. In just five weeks you'll generate new work while exploring characterization. We'll consider the author's voice and answer the question: Who is telling the story? Next we'll send our characters off to fight their obstacles with dialogue, behavior, and the inner workings of their minds. Class will tackle all craft elements, with a closer look at creating scenes, using sensory details and handling subtext. A great place to start if you are new to writing and for those with stories underway.  All genres welcome (nonfiction, fiction or poetry). All levels welcome.


Advanced Writers' Workshop

Virtual class held on ZOOM

Sundays, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New Dates Coming Soon...

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Starting a novel? In the middle of a memoir? Polishing up an essay collection? This workshop is for writers with a focus. In a warm, supportive environment you’ll produce and share pages and you’ll give and receive feedback from workshop-savvy peers. To keep your focus fresh, we’ll make sure to generate new work in new-to-you genres. We’ll get technical with craft elements, but always in a lighthearted way. This is a multi-genre class for writers with experience. Let Janine know what you’re up to.

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