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.
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
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
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
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 bookshop.org
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