Manzanita Night Writers meetings in the Mother Lode with Zoom

1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:30 —

Voices of Wisdom – free writing classes and support for seniors 55-plus in the tri-county Mother Lode region — Calaveras, Tuolumne, Amador    – every Friday morning at 10 AM via Zoom- Contact: Director, Linda Toren –




March Voices of Wisdom Seniors 50+ Writing Classes Schedule


Every FRIDAY in March from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas – off Mountain Ranch Road near Government Center.

209-754-3769 If a session is canceled due to bad weather, we will convene on Zoom — get the link from – Be sure to call the senior center to check during inclement weather.

March 3: Voices session on Friday postponed due to low attendance following record snows

March 10: Susan Barich: Poetry to Song – via ZOOM session –

Both poetry and song seek to speak to the human experience in ways prose may not. Poetry and song appeal to the emotions; prose to the intellect. Poetry gives emotions a language of their own. Assignment – If you wish, write a short piece of prose about musical memories. It would fit in nicely with other things you may be writing for yourself or your family. This can be a starter for a poem or we can polish the prose piece by using elements of song lyrics to revise our work. Send your draft to me and we can share ideas as well as enjoy the memories!


March 17: Jim Allday: Point of View – LIVE meeting at Calaveras Senior Center – Topic: First person or third person? We will explore how point of view can enhance your writing.

March 24: Patricia Grant: Topic: Beginning and Endings -LIVE meeting

What will catch the reader? What about the twists, turns, and surprise endings?

March 31:  Diane Magid: Legacy Writing – LIVE meeting

Have you thought about leaving a legacy? What sort of legacy would you like to leave?  Ideas and examples. Discussion. Time to write.

 Note change of time for Voices of Wisdom free writing classes:

April every Friday from 1-3 pm – Writing coach: Tom Weidlinger  – Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas

May every Friday live from 1-3 pm – Writing coach: Sharon Strong – Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas


Upcoming Events:

April 15 – Crafty Chicks Spring show at the Calaveras Fairgrounds – BOOTH – Manzanita Writers Press will have a booth – stop by and say hello, talk to the authors and editors! Help support local authors and buy their wonderful books!

April 25 – TUES Author panel at Murphys Library – 4 pm – several authors from Manzanita will talk about writing and publishing

April 29 – Ragin’ Cajun fest in San Andreas – author table – come meet editors and talk to authors with Manzanita – book signings by the authors

May 23 TUES – Children’s Author panel at Murphys Library at 4 pm –  So you want to write a children’s book — what now? 

July 15 – Poetry and Journaling in the Forest – all day event at Big Trees State Park – more information to come. 

The Three featured poets are Dana Gioia, Lee Herrick, and Susan Kelly-Dewitt, plus local poets, a John Muir expert from UOP, and our own Calaveras Poet Laureate, Linda Toren, director of the event. 

For more information, contact Linda at

There will be tiered fees for attending, and tickets will be available soon on our website, so stay tuned. Voices of Wisdom attendees in 2023 will receive a discount. We will be walking and talking with featured poets and docents in the North Grove, journaling and writing, attending workshops and readings, and spending some time listening to the poetry voices of the giant Sequoia in the Grove.  



Tech Tuesdays: Classes for Seniors 50+

Tech Tuesdays for Seniors – March, April, May at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas – 209-754-3967 – call to reserve your spot.

Voices of Wisdom is sponsored by Manzanita Writers Press, partnering with CCTV and the Senior Center, through a grant from California Humanities and our California Gold Oral History project.



March- every Tuesday –  10-11:30 – Zoom, Skype, and other online video chat forums  (Sarah from CCTV)

Learn how to create and participate in zoom sessions, skype, and more – including YOUTUBE and making your own channel – checking out granny and grampy channels out there – all the rage! Every Tuesday from 10-11:30 – great no-host lunches afterwards to continue your conversations after class


April –- Smart Phone training – a month of exploring apps, functions, basic settings, photos and videos, texting, emailing, Google tools, and more! Smart phone safety tips and protection settings  and Smart Phone Training instructors on April 10 – iphone and April 11 – Android)

April 4 – Smart phonetexting  – Basic class – texting, smart phone apps, and getting started – how to download apps safely – instructor Brett Bunge


The following classes are presented by Mary Rodriguez: (filling fast)

April 10 – iphone class with Mary Rodriguez – capped at 8 people
April 11 is the Android class with Mary Rodriguez – capped at 10 people

This program on April 10 and 11 is presented by An Official State of California Program
California Telephone Access Program/CA Connect, a program of the
California Public Utilities Commission Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program.
© 2012 California Public Utilities Commission.


April  17 – Smartphone settings and tools continued – 10 am. –  apps and social media – internet searches –  messaging – email – instructor Brett Bunge


April 24 – Google tools on your phone –10 am.– How to search, bookmark, with Google and other search engines, use Google tools such as Drive and Docs, and other topics that come up in discussions – instructor Brett Bunge


May – Smart phone and tablets/laptops – 10 am. Social Media using phones, tablets, or laptops – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and continued Google tools, safety online, apps and social media topics continue – Facebook, Google tools, Youtube, Spotify (music station), texting and emailing, photos and storage, and more! Instructors Brett  Bunge and/or Sarah from CCTV


WRITER SUPPORT SERVICES – all genres and all levels

Manzanita Night Writers  Manuscript Review Schedule – 2023 – contact to get the Zoom Link and join the group.

First and third Mondays 6:30 pm – 9 pm on Zoom – plus, we have free access to our Manzanita Writers Press NING group online, a free service for our writers in the group. It’s a safe online, vetted community of writers who post and get feedback on their work online, with several genre groups to choose from – Voices of Wisdom, Poetry, All-genre Manuscript Review, Fiction group, and Memoir group.


Schedule for Winter 2023:  (we met Jan and Feb on Zoom

March 20 – see you then! 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Email for an invitation. We service regional writers in the rural foothill counties, particularly Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne counties – we include Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, El Dorado, and Mariposa, etc.



Mondays, April 3 and 17

Mondays, May 1 and 15  –

Mondays, June 5 and 19


Event: July 15  (Poetry and Journaling at Big Trees) with poets Dana Gioia, Lee Herrick, and Susan Kelly-Dewitt, plus our local and regional poets & writers. Contact Linda Toren, Poet Laureate  –


Mondays, July 3 and 17

Mondays, August  7 and 21 Mondays,

September 4 and 18


Mondays, October 2 and 16

Mondays, November 6 and 20

Monday, December 4

 Memoir Mondays:  with Linda Toren – 2nd Monday of every month – 6:30 – 8:30 on ZOOM 

Poetry Mondays – 4th Monday  




Film classes coming in April and May– for young people – Film Classes at CCTV with special invitations to ages 16-30 to get trained in filming, creating video programs, interviewing, audio techniques, editing, transcribing & captioning, and more – 4:15-6:15 at CCTV studios in San Andreas. After classes are completed, students will be offered paid opportunities for capturing the stories of our elders on film and audio. For more information, contact Monika: or Sarah at Calaveras Community Television in San Andreas.








Gold Rush Writers Conference – October 7-9, 2022

Headliners were Ace Antonio Hall, Tommy Orange, and Sands Hall! 

No Conference is scheduled for 2023

Author meet-and-greet! Free!

April 23 from 11 am-5 pm 

at the Spring Wine Weekend

at Ironstone Vineyards 

Museum and Gift Store




Poetry in the Mother Lode

Celebrating National Poetry Month

April 30 – 2-4 pm


email for an invitation to the Zoom

May 3 – Author Book launch

Fireside Room next to Camp’s Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek Golf Resort in Angels Camp

3:30 – 5 pm – refreshments served

Stephen Finlay Archer – Revolution: Book 5 of the Irish Clans Series

May 7 – Linda Toren book signing and reading

Raven Braids the Wind–Haiku: A Life in Syllables 

Hein & Co Bookstore in Jackson

Author tables at the Calaveras Jumping Frog & Jubilee County Fair in the Frogeteria Building – with the Professional Art Show – 8-10 local authors will be there to talk about writing and publishing

May 19-22

Come on by and meet the authors in our region

Children’s Poetry Contest – grades pre-K to 6th – wonderful prices and participation gifts – all four days of the fair  – Free entry! May 19-22.



 Manzanita Book Launch

Events & Readings 

A Marvelous time was had by all!

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 2 pm at Ironstone Vineyards!

Author talks, signings, new book releases, Voices of Wisdom readers, and so much more!


Join Manzanita authors and writers in an Outdoor Book launch at Ironstone Vineyards in the breezeway/cavern  coming up Sunday, October 25, at 2 pm — distancing and masking up required.  Reservation only: $10 for canapes, a half wrap, and a cup of soup will be lovely!


– Cate Culver: The Untold History of Sonora Pass and Its People – 1860 to 1960 — the author will speak

– Tom White – Soldier By Chance –  (Vietnam memoir)

Author talk

— Voices of Wisdom anthology

Writers in the anthology will read from the book!

Stephen Finlay Archer’s Book 5 of the Irish Clans: December release – presales and an author talk

Book Launch party  and author talk –  Tuesday, May 3 at 3:30 in the Fireside Room next to Camp’s Restaurant in Angels Camp – at Greenhorn Creek – Stephen Finlay Archer talks about the Irish Revolution and his new book #5 in the series. 




Call for MORE INFORMATION   209-728-6117






New address for client meetings, Manzanita Morning Writers, Writers Unlimited evening manuscript review meetings, Voices of Wisdom (free writing classes for seniors), and a place to meet with writers once things clear up:

325 Lewis Avenue, San Andreas, CA 95249

Mailing: PO Box 215, San Andreas, CA 95249

Phone: 209-754-6117 (this number is new)


Facebook pages: Manzanita Writers Press and Manzanita Arts Emporium

The Manzanita Arts Emporium has closed its doors on Main Street in Angels Camp DUE TO CORONAVIRUS issues and complications. We are saddened about this, but there was no other choice. We could not sustain the onslaught and financial upheaval. We are very happy at our new location in San Andreas for Manzanita Writers Press (by appointment only). We have not resumed regular activities, but check back with us in Summer 2021. 

Thank you for all your support and participation at our Angels Camp location the last five years. We will be getting creative with our projects, but for now, we are taking a hiatus, except for book publishing, which is going strong. We are very busy. If you have a book project you would like to complete, please call us. We would be happy to review your project proposal. See Book Publishing tab and protocol in sending us your proposal.



WRITER SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK MEETINGS, LECTURES & SEMINARS, ART RECEPTIONS,  AND OTHER PROGRAMS, are coming back slowly. Contact us to find out more. Writing support may start back up in September as conditions improve.

Publishing services for writers •   Manzanita Writers Press is a non-profit 501(c)3 creative arts organization & publisher devoted to the development and support of the literary, music, and visual arts community in Calaveras County and the wider Mother Lode region.    – •

Publishing Services: Nonprofit 501(c)3 publisher, reasonable services in Editing, Book design and Layout, Book Publishing, Writer Support, Workshops & Classes. Contact us for an appraisal of your book project. We can help.

Manzanita Writers Press is a non-profit 501(c)3 creative arts organization & publisher devoted to the development and support of the literary and visual arts in Calaveras County and the wider Mother Lode region. and  –
Visit us on our two Facebook pages! (209) 728-6117





Instagram Workshop for Creatives: 3 more dates in 2019:

Insta-1    October 29 – Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 with Sherri Bloomer – bring a smartphone or tablet – $15 class is capped at 10.

Insta-2    November 5 – Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 with Sherri Bloomer – bring a smartphone or tablet – $15 class is capped at 10 – no overlaps from the Oct 29 session

Insta – LAB   November 12 – LAB for attendees of either Insta-1 or Insta-2 – Tuesday – 5:30 – class is capped at 20 participants – $20.



Instagram Workshop for Creatives:

Thursday, June 4 – at 6:30 pm at Manzanita Arts Emporium. $20. Sign up now. Limited enrollment. Learn all about marketing and using Instagram for artists, writers, musicians and all creative people. Taught by artists, with expertise in marketing and an eye for what works. Call 209-728-6171 or email: to sign up ASAP.

Voices of Wisdom:

Preserving the Memories of the Elders – Free Writing Classes for seniors 55+ — every week through end of March-  see itinerary of classes

FREE Tuesday afternoon sessions in 2019. Sign up at 728-6171 and

Call to reserve your spot.

Complete Schedule:  click on Voices of Wisdom link above.

Voices of Wisdom is open to all Mother Lode writers with an anthology planned for an April launch and reading celebration.

Writers Unlimited Meetings on Mondays – see schedule: free.


Morning group:  1st and 3rd Mondays –  9-11:30 AM at MAE

Evening group: 2nd and 4th Mondays – 6-9 PM –  meet at the Volunteer Center of Calaveras in San Andreas at 255 Lewis Avenue on the lower terrace of San Andreas Elementary School from 6 to 9 pm.

WU member authors can sell their books in the retail store, receive discounts on writing workshops, classes, events – participate in street fairs, Jumping Frog Jubilee book table sales, book and author signings organized, Wild West Fest in October booth (free), and other events – author writing craft lending library and resources –

Call for more information: 209-728-6171 or email:

Paint Nights Every third Friday at 6 pm – must reserve ahead – deposit $25 and prefer full payment to reserve.

–with Mary Sexton, a complete acrylic painting in one session!

$40.00 per person – all materials provided including canvas, paints, and brushes. Space is limited to sign up now to reserve.

Whim Paint Parties presents:

Paint Nights with Mary Sexton, artist.


Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main Street,
Angels Camp, CA 95222
$40. includes all paint supplies. Wine and beverages and hors d’oeuvres complimentary. For reservations contact or call 209-770-5818 or Manzanita Writers Press Gallery at 209-728-6171. Seats are limited.
Leave your Stress at the Door, Relax and Have Fun!
Benefits of Paint Parties:
  • Painting uses both the left and right side of the brain. It uses your creative and emotional side, as well as you rational and logical thinking.
  • Even in a group setting, painting is a solo activity that allows you to focus on the task at hand, leaving your worries behind, as the stress begins to melt away.
  • Paint Parties boost your self-confidence.  In a non-competitive atmosphere everyone is treated equally regardless of their abilities.
  • Learning how to handle a paintbrush helps to strengthen fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
  • Painting sparks creativity and makes good use of the imagination. Each painting becomes as unique as it’s painter.
  • At Paint Parties whether, Coffee n Canvas or Sip n Paint, there is always opportunity to laugh, socialize, and make some fun-filled memories.



Mother Lode Storyteller’s Guild – Story sharing – open to the public – last Sunday every other month, in the afternoon from 4-6 pm.  July 28, Sept.27, Nov. 24. Free. Donations gladly accepted.