New Classes 
In Person and on Zoom
If you have question or want more information about a class, please email us and we will set up a time to discuss. Thx.

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   with Janine deBoisblanc

Advanced Writers' Workshop

 Wednesday Nights on Zoom

September 7 - October 12

6:00 - 8:00 PM 

6 weeks / $350

Writing a novel, memoir or essay collection? Wednesday workshop is for writers with a focus. Share/receive feedback from your workshop-savvy peers. Tackle elements of craft in a supportive environment. This is an ongoing workshop for writers with workshop experience. Please submit an enrollment form. I will then request a writing sample for review.


True Story Workshop

 Sundays at Orinda Books

September 11, 18, 25

1:00 - 3:00 PM 

3 weeks / $175

Do you have a few stories from real life you'd love to get on the page? Curious about how to work with real material--especially the characters that inhabit our past and present lives? This class is ideal if you have family stories and are working on ancestry and leaving a legacy. It's also great if you have a specific story to tell sparked by a past experience. With prompts to inspire, short readings, and time to share, you'll leave class with polished work & directions for next steps. All levels. All Genres

       with Andrea A. Firth

Co-Writing Tuesdays

Inspiration. Motivation. Community.

9:00 am - 10:15 am PST

Tuesdays, Now thru September 27th

FREE. On Zoom

Spend an hour writing in community. 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. Andrea 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. Same Zoom link each week.

through September 27

Lyric Essay:

Exploring the Unexpected

Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 am PST
October 11 thru December 6

- or -
Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm PST
October 12 thru  December 7

NO classes Thanksgiving week
8 weeks/$460

3 Spots

     The lyric essay is a piece of writing with a visible/ stand-out/ unusual structure that explores/ forecasts/ gestures to an idea in an unexpected way. -Randon Billings Noble

We'll read a wide range of unique  essays (including flash, segmented, collage, braided, mosaic and more), explore the power of the many lyric forms, and uncover how it's done. Craft essays and meditations by the authors will inform us too. Then we'll put what we've discovered to work in freewrites and 2 full workshops with written feedback for each writer.

Please purchase the class text in advance of our start--available online thru

or your independent bookstore--try ours Orinda Books. Supplemental readings provided.

Choose one:  Tuesday mornings or Wednesday afternoons 

Class Text: A Harp in the Stars , An Anthology of Lyric Essays Edited by Random B. Noble