Photo by Alan Beymer – for Volume 4 of Voices of the Grove

Manzanita Writers Press

501(c)3 Nonprofit Literary Publisher

 Mother Lode and Sierra region of California


FREE writing classes and workshops for seniors 50+:

    Classes meet at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas

from 12:30-2:30 pm every TUESDAY – live and Zoom meetings –

956 Mountain Ranch Rd, San Andreas

 Email  for information. Zoom and live meetings for regional seniors.

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit”


 Volume 4 – Voices of the Grove anthology will be released in 2024. Watch for postings!  Funded in part by a grant from California Humanities and a grant from Calaveras Community Foundation. 

MANZANITA NIGHT WRITERS & WRITERS UNLIMITED Free Writer manuscript review and support sessions every 1st and 3rd Monday evening via ZOOM.  From 6:30-9:00 p.m. Email Monika for an invitation at – serving the Mother Lode/Sierra region and beyond:  ALL GENRES WELCOME.  We also have an online NING group to post and comment on work. Private, with vetted members. 

Memoir sessions every 2nd Monday at 6:30 pm. Contact to sign up. We use the Manzanita Writers Press Ning (a private online writing space).  The Zoom sessions are by invitation only.  HIATUS until Spring 2024.

Poetry sessions every 4th Monday at 6:30 pm. Contact or to sign up. Hiatus until Spring 2024. 

Gold Country Oral History Project:

We want your family, generational, community, and business/work stories about the good old days in Calaveras County from 1990s back to the 1850s. We are holding group conversations that are videotaped for the history books.  Contact us for a time slot, and we’ll record your elders and family members talking about the past. Have artifacts, relics, and cherished heirlooms/photos ready to show and share, telling their story, too. We want to hear your story!

Contact Monika at 

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit”

Support for the film project and book project is also made possible by Calaveras Community Foundation.

Literary Events and Happenings: Join us for author signings and talks, workshops, readings, and more. 

Gold Rush Writers Conference is set for September 27-29, 2024, at the Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, CA. Join us for a wonderful boutique writers’ conference. We moved the date back a few months (as traditionally it has been held in May) due to ongoing hotel renovations.

Contact Monika Rose, Co-Director, at or Kathy Boyd Fellure  at

Registration opens June 1 – headliners and featured authors:  Mary Mackey,  award-winning novelist and poet – Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall); Novelist and memoirist – Sands Hall, memoir and fiction – Antoinette May, novelist and biographer – and many more authors!


Manzanita Writers Press released these new books – perfect gifts, all of them!

Michele Rugo – Farmers Markets – Share the Joy! A children’s book that encourages young ones to grow their own vegetables and participate in the farmers market. 

You can purchase directly from the author here, or shop at Manzanita’s online bookstore.  

You can also purchase this book on Amazon.

Judy Creighton, our regional cheese lady and expert on all things cheese, has just received more copies of her new book, Cheese Loves Wine, with elegant and easy appetizers pairing wine and cheese. This book is highly popular and sold internationally.

A fantastic holiday gift for friends and family! Easy and elegant appetizers, pairing cheese with wines, with ideas that won’t break the bank with ingredients that are easy to find.
Judy Creighton’s cheese and wine pairing book is a sensation! Get yours now for holiday gift-giving. Judy mixes cheese history, delectable recipes, and 20 pairing ideas, complete with fantastic photos.
The Third Annual Calaveras Poetry and Journaling Day – A Cavalcade of Regional Poet Laureates – JUNE 29from 9 am to 6 pm, including workshops and readings by laureates and participants. No-host Lunch with the Laureates in Murphys. 



Native Sons Hall in beautiful, historic downtown Murphys.  Enjoy workshops with authors and poets, writing time, wine-tasting and dining in a quaint Gold Rush town, with a writing block of time to record your thoughts and share them at the end at the open mic for the public. Contact Linda Toren for information:

A Cavalcade of Poet Laureates!

Featuring Poet Laureates, past and present, from over 5 counties!

Last year, we held this fine event at Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County for a day of poetry and journaling on Saturday, July 15, from 9:00 am – 6 pm, with poets Dana Gioia, Lee Herrick, and Susan Kelly-Dewitt, Calaveras Poet Laureate Linda Toren, poet Conrad Levasseur, and poet Monika Rose, Director of Manzanita Writers Press, and regional poets.

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit”

Manzanita Arts Emporium

Online Art Gallery 

Online Book Store – Manzanita Authors

OUR ONLINE BOOKSTORE IS VIBRANT and thriving, so GO TO THE online BOOKSTORE where you will also find art to purchase! We are expanding the store. 

Support your rural and California authors, please!

New authors and books are out this year!

Judy Creighton’s cheese pairing book – Cheese Loves Wine

Michele Rugo’s children’s book, Farmers Market: Share the Joy

Doug Alberts’ book of stories and poems, Love Simply

Stephen Finlay Archer’s Fortunes, Book 6 in the Series of the Irish Clans saga

Coming in the next three months: 

Monika Rose’s children’s book, Moths on a Limb – children’s book grades 4-6

Don Urbanus’s new novel, A Nursery to Die For

Voices of the Grove: A Calaveras Anthology  and catch us on Facebook: @Manzanita Writers Press. Or Instagram and X (formerly Twitter).

Manzanita Writers Press has been granted a generous California Humanities grant for a fantastic Gold Country oral history project through May 2024. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Also supporting this historical project is the Calaveras Community Foundation, with a generous grant for filming and editing equipment and publishing assistance. 

  • Oral interviews of the elders in our community filmed by partner CCTV with assistance from museum, senior center, and community members – teen filmmakers wanted for training
  • FREE filming, editing, transcribing, and interview classes at CCTV – paid positions available after the training is complete
  • FREE Voices of Wisdom free writing classes for seniors 55+
  • FREE Technology and smartphone classes for seniors
  • Publishing a community book of Voices of Wisdom and another book based on the stories of our community.
  • Many community and business partners are participating in this worthy project. The community is invited to contact us if you’d like to be a part of this!

More information has been posted in social media, newspapers, and senior centers.  See the Calaveras Enterprise article in February 2023. Find out more at

Assistance with funding for our videotaping and editing equipment has come from a Calaveras Community Foundation grant. Thank you so much!

Notice about our location:

Our MWP office of record is located at the Volunteer Center of Calaveras County, 325 Lewis Avenue, San Andreas, CA 95249. Contact us via email or phone. 

Publisher meetings with authors are by appointment. Contact us at or phone: 209-728-6117 (message)


Mailing: PO Box 215, San Andreas, CA 95249   

Contact the Director, Monika Rose:

Office: 209-728-6117  messages only   

Find us on Facebook and Instagram!   

Free Technology and smartphone classes were held for Seniors 50+ on Tech Tuesdays throughout the month of April and May occurred from 10-11:30 am at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas (956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas in Calaveras County). Classes and topics were Smartphone training, social media, settings on tech devices, apps, Google tools, YouTube and Spotify, safe surfing on the web, and more. An emphasis for May is social media, apps, and tech tools, as well as photos and videos, texting and uploading, and more. We hope to sponsor more. “This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit”
Young filmmakers were offered free film and video classes  at the CCTV studio. “This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit”