Hot off the Press!

Jim Fletcher’s new book, Mark Twain’s 88 Days in the Mother Lode & Stories of the Gold Rush is available!

Find out how a little frog that couldn’t jump launched Mark Twain’s literary career.  

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The book will be featured at the Book Fest in Manteca, Saturday, October 10, at the Manzanita Writers Press booth.

Also look for it October 17 at the Angels Camp Goldrush Day.

Outlets that carry the book in the region include the Calaveras Visitors Center in Angels Camp,  Camps Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp, Sustenance Books in Murphys, Froggy’s Car Wash and Gifts in Angels Camp, Gallery Calaveras in San Andreas, Ironstone Vineyards Museum and store in Murphys, Angels Camp Museum, Calaveras Historical Society/Courthouse Museum in San Andreas, the Jamestown book store, and more outlets every day.




Too Much to Swallow Book Launch Party at Murphys Hotel Rescheduled for Sunday, October 18, 3-5 pm!

Glenn Wasson’s new book, TOO MUCH TO SWALLOW, The Gold Gastrolith of Calaveras County, is being released or unleashed on an unsuspecting public, Sunday, October 18 with a gala book launch party given at Murphys Historic Hotel, with a reading by Glenn, open mic, comedy and storytelling, and a confrontation with Black Bart himself if he hasn’t gotten himself arrested for robbing any more stagecoaches. He’ll rob the stage upstairs at the historic Murphys Hotel and Saloon, that’s for sure.

The book is a hard cover collection of new works and collected works by Glenn. He’s added several new pieces about his days as a combat pilot in Vietnam, and other fascinating stories he found in his secret drawers.  PURCHASE

A special GOLD menu with two choices will be designed by Brian, the well-loved proprietor of Murphys Hotel and longtime supporter of the arts in Calaveras County. The post-reading and launch dinner will be designed especially for writers and guests at the launch for a no-host selection at 5:30. Reserve early! Let Brian know you are with the writers event for the special dinner. Polish up on your comedic speaking skills and be ready to sidle up to the mic! We want to hear your funny tales and shenanigans.  Contact Monika:  209-754-0577 for more information. Bring a funny story of the Mother Lode, including your own experiences, to share at Open Mic. Prepare yourself for a special reenactment of the Gold Gastrolith of Calaveras County which actually took place in the Murphys Hotel Bar.


Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Book is Born!

Perfect gift to accompany a basket of wine, cheese and chocolate!

Purchase the book here!

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Authors were at the launch to read their work from the book, and there were author tables with book sales and signings, open mic for the public to read their delectable poetry and prose, and attend a morning workshop with Antoinette May, novelist,  and a Poetry for Gifting workshop with Monika Rose.


Purchase your copy now!

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Tuolumne Writers Retreat in Columbia, CA

Monika Rose will be teaching two workshops in Columbia, CA Saturday Sept. 26, 2015 for the Tuolumne Writers Retreat— one on preparing your manuscript for publication and another on flash fiction writing.  Contact coordinator Blanche Abrams for more information and go to the web site to sign up for these and more workshops and events.

Jennifer Hoffman, eBook designer with MWP, will be teaching a book on marketing and formatting eBooks converting word files.

Antoinette May, a member of Writers Unlimited, will be talking about her new book about Mary Shelley, due out the end of September in all the bookstores.  She is a featured speaker and workshop leader and will have books to sign for avid readers.

Jim Fletcher, also a featured speaker and author of the new Mark Twain book published by Manzanita Writers Press, will be there with books to sign.

Sign up for the conference here: Sonora Writers Group





Franklin Ted Laskin releases new book, Chance, A Jockey’s Odyssey by MWP

Franklin Ted  Laskin’s new book, Chance, A Jockey’s Odyssey, follows the career of jockey Chance Rollins
from 1999 to  2006.  This book explores various  venues throughout the
California racing circuit and highlights topics from  famous horses and jockeys
to mules, racing tips and transports you into the  exciting world of racing.

Chance Soft Cover

This new book is a wry account of the world of one jockey’s adventures and pitfalls, a glimpse of the world of county fair races, the venues throughout California, information and elegant writing about the thoroughbreds and mules, betting tips, and more. Ted inserts his wry humor  throughout. There is a poignant and subtle flavor of the desire to be closer to a subject as a biographer — and what happens when another person’s world is private and not always accessible. The account includes tips from Swifty, a wise-cracking, humorous but accurate,  racing afficionado. If you ever wanted to know what goes on in the horse racing world in California, here’s a book that gives you information and a journey into a jockey’s life.

$21.95 Sales price — add tax and shipping/packaging for mail order for a total of $26.00 per book. Call 209-754-0577 to order by phone with a credit card.

Total: $26.00 per book – Mail to Manzanita Writers Press, PO Box 632, San Andreas, CA 95249 – send a check made out to Manzanita Writers Press and indicate you would like a copy or copies of Ted’s book.

Chance Soft Coverback

Here is Ted with a favorite mule, Tsunami.  If you’ve never been to the mule races,   you’ll find out all about them in Ted’s new book.

Gold Rush Writers Conference



Calaveras Arts Council Literary League hosts the Gold Rush Writers Conference. Sign up for workshops now as they are filling fast at

Contact Antoinette May at and get signed up before April 1 for the early bird price.

I’ll be teaching a workshop on Literary Layering on Saturday afternoon, and another one on Mining the Word, on Sunday, but sign up soon as space is limited. Antoinette’s workshop is filling fast. See other offerings.


Sally Kaplan and David Vassar Nonfiction Writing Workshop March 9

Archived event 2013


 Nonfiction Writing Workshop with David Vassar and Sally Kaplan  – March 9 in Murphys! Fiction writers welcome!


Event Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Event Time: 10 AM to 2:30 PM

Place: Murphys Historic Hotel and Restaurant in downtown Murphys


Hosted by Manzanita Writers Press, a Literary League member of the Calaveras County Arts Council, and sponsored by Murphys Historic Hotel and Restaurant





David Vassar and Sally Kaplan will teach a workshop on the basics of writing for non-fiction television and film. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 10am to 2:30pm at the Murphys Hotel and Restaurant in downtown Murphys. Come and learn about writing techniques for nonfiction, film and TV.


Workshop fee is $45.00 and  includes lunch and materials.

All levels welcome. Call or email Monika to reserve your space.   (209) 754-0577. Mail check reservation made to Manzanita Writers Press, PO Box 632, San Andreas, CA 95249


David Vassar and Sally Kaplan of Backcountry Pictures are seasoned documentarians (recognized as leaders in the field of natural history programming) and have relocated from Los Angeles to Arnold – with offices in downtown Murphys.  Their most recent work, CALIFORNIA FOREVER is a two-part television special about California’s State Parks, which began airing on PBS in the fall, 2012 and continues to air across the nation to high ratings.


Oscar-Nominated and Emmy Award-winning David Vassar has written various scripted shows for nonfiction television i.e. History Channel, Discovery Channel and their own documentaries.


In turn, Sally Kaplan has written numerous shows that are not scripted to start for example, for the Food Network, HDTV, Outdoor Life, etc, as well as an original award-winning short film. After viewing the material, she then wrote the script or paper-cut for editors to work on.

Workshop description:


Two very different needs and approaches will be presented in the workshop.


Discussion and samples will include:

–          transcription to paper cut

–          the art of the interview

–          keeping it dramatic/humorous/moving forward


Written materials as well as DVD samples will be presented, and an in-workshop assignment will take place, followed by review and a Q&A with the filmmakers.




10-12              Morning session will include screening and written materials, in-class assignment/review of participants’ work, if time permits


12-1:30           Lunch together as a group – included in workshop price


1:30-2:30       Review of participant’s work, Q&A



You can learn more about CALIFORNIA FOREVER at the program website:


You can learn more about Backcountry Pictures, including credits, biographies and awards by visiting the website:



Monika’s eBook River by the Glass is up at Amazon!

Looking for a great gift idea? Send someone an eBook of poems for their Kindle or laptop/desktop computer!  GlenHill Publishing presents River by the Glass as an eBook, with full color photography of river scenes by Ron Pickup and a lifetime collection of poetry by Monika Rose!  River by the Glass on Amazon    Only $2.99 as a download for the holidays! 

 If you’d like a print edition, then you can order from Monika’s web site, River by the Glass at  or from Small Press Distribution!   River by the Glass at




Free Writers Workshops and Panels ~ Meeting of the Ages Sat. Nov. 10


Meeting of the Ages –  FREE! Historical Writing Panels and – Reserve your space now.
Calaveras County Arts Council, Literary League and Manzanita Writers Press

Contact: Monika Rose 209-754-0577 Date: November 10, 2012 -Event Time: 10AM to 5:00PM-Place: Calaveras Arts Council 22 N Main Street, San Andreas; CA 95249 and other locations on Main Street, San Andreas
See more about the writers and presenters at the Manzanita Writers Press web site:

Winners of the Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Contest in 2012


Winners of the Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Contest

1st prize in prose ~ Jan Parker, Fuquay-Varina, NC  – “The Entree” ~ $200 awarded – plus 5 copies, plus 2 copies for publication
2nd prize in prose ~ P.S. Dunn, Mountain Ranch, CA ~ “Who Reads Anymore?” ~ $100 awarded plus 5 copies, plus 2 copies for publication. Also going in the publication will be “Still Life with Fruit.”
Honorable Mentions: Elaine Faber, Sacramento, CA for “The Chocolate Kiss” and Jim Lanier, for “Chocolate of the Goddesses” – each honorable mention award receives 5 complimentary books,  plus certificate — and  2 books complimentary per selection for publishing selections.
1st prize in poetry ~ Scott Young, Nevada City, CA –  “Some Place Even Sweeter” ~ $200 plus publication – includes 5 complimentary copies with the award and 2 additional copies for publication.
2nd prize in poetry ~ Kathie Isaac-Luke, Sonora, CA – “Terroir” ~ $100 plus publication –  includes 5 complimentary copies with the award and 2 additional copies for publication. Also going into the book will be the poem, “Reisling.”
Honorable Mentions: Pat Phillips West, “Total Eclipse” and also included in publication: “Tonight I Read Pablo Neruda”; Bill Keener, “Taste the Heart of Darkness”; Dianna Henning, “Glass Garden Cloche” – the award includes 5 complimentary copies with the award and 2 additional copies for publication, and a certificate.
1st prize in art/photography ~ Cari Weber, Jenison, MI  – $200 plus publication – includes 5 complimentary copies with the award and 2 additional copies for publication.
2nd prize in art/photography ~ Dino Rovera, Arnold, CA  – $100 plus publication – includes 5 complimentary copies with the award and 2 additional copies for publication.
Honorable Mentions: Ruth Morrow, Arnold, CA for “Nectar of the Gods,” painting and  Brent Duffin, Davis, CA,  for Vineyard photo;  – the prize includes 5 complimentary copies with the award and 2 additional copies for publication, and a certificate.