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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 Publisher and a member of the Literary League of the nonprofit arts organization, the Calaveras County Arts Council. We bring writers, readers and artists together through workshops, anthologies, book publishing, referrals and events. We are a growing literary publisher 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 12 books, with several more planned for 2016. We have organized countless readings, workshop and events in the region and have held writing contests, and promoted the literary 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.



Storyteller, Cynthia Restivo

Cynthia Restivo is a storytelling regular at Manzanita Arts Emporium. Check out her storytelling session dates. Kids and adults alike enjoy what Cynthia offers.


Wednesdays, January 13 and 27 plus
February 10 and 24
Preschool ages 2-5 • 10-11 am
$10 per session, $30 for all 4 session

Storytelling for the Wee Ones
Register for Storytelling


Writing Romantic Poetry for Your

With Suzanne Murphy
Saturday,February 6, 2016, 9 am - 11:30 am


Click here for a workshop flyer
Register for Something Sweet or Sizzling



There's a new creative scene in downtown Angels Camp.

Visit Manzanita Arts Emporium at 1211 South Main Street
(kitty-corner from the Visitors Cernter).

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 . . .


January & February 2016 Workshop Schedule


ScriptedWebImageScripted Or Not: Writing For Non-Fiction Film & TV

David Vassar & Sally Kaplan

Join this professional creative team for an intensive, day-long, screenwriting workshop. Check out the workshop flyer below for details and be sure to reserve your spot before January 25.

Backcountry Pictures

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Click here for workshop flyer
Reserve your spot for this workshop with a credit card now



Social Media Flyer

Facebook & Social Networking
Workshop Series

Brett Bunge

Thursdays, January 14, and 28 &
February 11 and 25. Sign up for individual sessions or both sessions for a discounted price. Learn how to create a page, to post events and to spread the word, as well as other management tips. Classes are 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

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Reserve your spot for the social media workshop with a credit card now



With Connie Strawbridge

February Dates TBA
Would you like to know how to manipulate your images for print and web? This is a class on the basics of photo editing using Photoshop and other digital editing programs. You’ll come away with the ability to provide your work in the correct form for all purposes. This class is perfect for artists, business owners and anyone who’d like to solve the resolution mystery. Register for the class online at or give us a call at MAE.

Click here for a workshop flyer

Reserve your spot for Photo Editing with a credit card now


We are excited to announce the latest Manzanita releases:

Mark Twain's 88 Days
in the Mother Lode &
Stories of the Gold Rush
written and compiled
by James Fletcher.

Jim Fletcher has done an amazing job of putting together the details of Mark Twain's early life, career as journalist and the 88 days he spent in the Mother Lode, on Jackass Hill. This short
period would launch Twain's career with the writing of
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

Order Mark Twain's 88 Days in the Mother Lode

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 member of the Calaveras Arts Council Literary League.

Meeting Information

Evening Meeting Times:
When: Every 2nd and 4th Monday at 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM and every 3rd Monday morning at 10 am, except holidays (such as Christmas and Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc. that fall on a Monday).

Where: Manzanita Arts Emporium
1211 South Main Street
Angels Camp, CA 95223

Evening meetings: Snacks are brought and shared by the collective.  Bring your own bottled water or beverage, although cold water from an indoor fountain is available. You must 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
PO Box 460
Angels Camp, CA 95222

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

Now Showing in the Gallery

Manzanita Maiden

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






With historian, Jim Fletcher, Author of
Mark Twain's 88 Days in the Mother Lode

Jim will be taking a hiatus until mid March!

Starting in mid March, Jim will be at MAE Every Saturday, noon - 1 pm. Join Jim for a cup of coffee or tea and listen to his lively and informative presentation. You'll want to pick up your signed copy of his fabulous book, produced and published by Manzanita Writers Press.



TooMuchToo Much to Swallow
The Gold Gastrolith of Calaveras County &
Selected Works

by Glenn Wasson

Glenn Wasson is a storyteller extraordinaire. He is a story weaver of comedic expression. You'll be laughing out loud with Glenn's favorite tales, in this beautiful hardcover compilation.

Order Too Much to Swallow



 A Taste of Literary Elegance
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate is an athology of poetry, prose, photography and art representing the works of over 90 writers and artisans from the Mother Lode region and beyond. Also included are signature recipes from five fine establishments in the Gold Country.

Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate is available online at and at these fine establishments in the Mother Lode:
Camps Restaurant, Murphys Hotel and Restaurant, Hotel Leger, Stevenot’s winery, Ironstone Vineyards, Rosebud’s Cafe in Jackson, Sustenance Books, Hein & Co Books and more, Treats, Cliff’s Cafe, Black Oak Casino, Sender’s Market and Hardware (Valley Springs and Mountain Ranch), Metzger’s Farm and Vineyards, Nelson’s Columbia Kitchen, Rising Sun Nursery, Calaveras County Arts Council, Froggy’s Car Wash, Calaveras Visitors Center, Calaveras Mini Storage, The Mark Twain Trading Post in Angels Camp, and other outlets.

Order Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
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