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Welcome to
Manzanita Writers Press!

Whether you are a writer, an avid reader, or are ready to publish your book, you've come to the right place. Manzanita Writers Press is a literary publisher and nonprofit arts organization located at Manzanita Arts Emporium, a creative community center in historic downtown Angels Camp. We bring writers, readers and artists together through workshops, anthologies, book publishing, referrals and events in the Mother Lode region of California. Our location in the scenic, rural Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County is inspirational to the many writers who reside here and in the surrounding rural counties.

Manzanita Writers Press has published 14 books, with several more planned for 2017. We have organized countless readings, workshops and events in the region and have held writing contests, and promoted the literary and visual arts in Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne Counties. Manzanita publishes works by regional writers and those with a connection to the Mother Lode. It also prints Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra, a series of literary publications. Our latest anthology, A Taste of Literary Elegance: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, and our other publications are available for purchase on our website and through Amazon and Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, CA.

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Twain Talks Thurs

Join Storyteller-Author Jim Fletcher at the Emporium any Thursdays at 11:00 am for


Pressed Flowr Class

Create your own
pressed-flower artwork
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at MAE
1-3 pm • $30

Read more about this
whimsical workshop

Reserve your spot online

Dana Gioiia

Save the Date!

Saturday, June 17

An Afternoon With Dana Gioia

Manzanita Writers Press and The Calaveras Chronicle host California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia at the Angels Camp Museum Carriage House from 12-4 pm. Reception at noon. The event is FREE, but donations will be accepted at the door to support Butte Fire publications, website, and other MAE projects.

Out of the Fire

Donate to our Kickstarter Campaign

Attention Writers, Artists and Photographers

We are accepting ongoing submissions for the
Out of the Fire Blog

Manzanita Out of the Fire Blog

All submissions will be considered for the blog site as well as for future anthologies planned, including an eBook and print book. Ameteurs and professionals are welcome.
If you have a fire story to tell, please submit.


at 1211 South Main Street
(kitty-corner from the Visitors Center).

You'll find a warm environment where creative workshops and events
are happening and you'll marvel at the gallery of contemporary arts.
The Emporium is open 6 days a week from 10 am - 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays).
Come join us in artful collaboration.


April Calendar of Events


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Gold Rush Writers

Surround yourself with friends and colleagues and
share the joy of the written word!
Beginners to advanced all are welcome.
Dialogue with successful writers, poets, screenwriters, novelists, memoirists, children’s authors and short-story writers through a series of workshops, panels, celebrity lectures, and open mic readings. Click below for a schedule of workshops.

Read About the Gold Rush Writers Conference

May 5, 6 & 7
Historic Hotel Leger, Mokelumne Hill, CA

Lucy Sanna Book
An Evening With
Lucy Sanna

Author of
The Cherry Harvest

Thursday, May 11, 7 pm
Manzanita Arts Emporium
Angels Camp

Read more about it

Writers Unlimeited

Writers Unlimited is a gathering of authors who bring their work for peer feedback. The group was founded in 1984 by Monika Rose and has published five Manzanita volumes and an additional three Journal volumes. With the formation of Manzanita Writers Press in 2009, the Manzanita series and other books are now published by MWP, Manzanita Writers Press, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.

Meeting Information

Morning Meeting Times:
Every 1st and 3rd Monday morning at 10 am

Evening Meeting Times:
Every 2nd and 4th Monday
6:30 until 9:30 pm

Manzanita Arts Emporium
1211 South Main Street
Angels Camp, CA 95222

There will be no writers meetings on holidays such as Christmas and Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.

Evening meetings: Snacks are brought and shared by the collective. Please email Monika ahead to let her know you are planning on coming as seating is limited.  Also, you should attend a couple of sessions before your work is approved for manuscript review. Longtime members receive priority for manuscript review. There is a manuscript and review protocol.  

Contact: Monika Rose, facilitator  
(209) 728-6171



1211 South Main Steet, Suite 110
PO Box 460
Angels Camp, CA 95222

Wednesday through Monday, 10am - 5 pm
Closed on Tuesdays

Now Showing in the Gallery

Manzanita Arts Emporium is filled with the works of these fine artists . . .

Gary Rose, Mountain Ranch
Cate Culver, Mountain Ranch
Janet & Andy Trinkle, Glencoe
Roberta Hughes, Sutter Creek
Patty Payne, Sheep Ranch
Giles Parish, Campbell
James Aarons, Mokelumne Hill
Kevin Brady, Mokelumne Hill
Sharon (Shay) Baker
Paul Neal
Ty Childress
Christi Canepa
Selma Sattin
Peter Crane
Robert Tomaino
Wanda Macioszek
Gordon Long
Judie Caine
Susie Hoffman
Randall Metzer
George Haskell


Gordon Rowland


Take private guitar lessons with concert guitarist and teacher, Gordon Rowland at MAE. Click on the above photo for more details. Schedule your lessons with Gordon on Mondays or work out another time.


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