Manzanita Writers Press

Manzanita Night Writers Meet in the Mother Lode on Zoom

Manuscript feedback – 5 typed pages shared and discussed – 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:30 – Email director for an invitation for local and regional writers:

Voices of Wisdom –

Free writing classes and support for seniors 55-plus in the tri-county Mother Lode region — Calaveras, Tuolumne, Amador   – Every Tuesday from 12:30-2:30 at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas. Contact: Director, Linda Toren –

Manzanita Writers Press Hosts

Gold Rush Writers Conference

18th Annual – May 3-5, 2024

at the Hotel Leger in Historic Mokelumne Hill 

Email – Registrations open up January 1, 2024.

Stay tuned for a list of workshops and authors and agents participating.

ARCHIVES from 2020

April 23 from 11 am-5 pm – Free!

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 and link to the Zoom

Poets featured: Conrad Levasseur, Linda Toren, Kevin Arnold, Monika Rose and local poets – High School Poetry-Out-Loud poetry recitations, and a public open mic. The public is invited to read a favorite poem or an original poem written by the reader. Sign up ahead by contacting Linda Toren at  

Author Book Launch Celebration

Tuesday May 3 – 3:30

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

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

Author Talk and Book Launch party  at 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 in the series, Revolution. 

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.

Gold Rush Writers Conference – October 7-9, 2022

Get tickets now by August 1st to save!

Early bird $230  –

Former attendees – $220

Regular conference fee – after August 1 – $240

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


 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

Manzanita Writers Press at its arts center in Angels Camp suffered THE LOSS OF many programs in 2020-2021 due to Covid-19 (ALTHOUGH the ONLINE WRITERS Zoom sessions and the online writing platform NING are AVAILABLE to the public). We meet via ZOOM. WRITER SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK MEETINGS, LECTURES & SEMINARS, ART RECEPTIONS,  AND OTHER PROGRAMS, are all on Zoom now. We will resume activities such as workshops, classes, lectures, and meetings at the following location in the future – some time2022

Volunteer Center at 325 Lewis Avenue, PO Box 215, San Andreas, CA 95249 –

Message/office phone: 209-728-6117 –


Manzanita Writers Press

FREE writing classes and workshops:   VOICES OF WISDOM for Seniors 55+ – Every Friday at 10.a.m.

Email  for more information. ZOOM every 2nd and 4th Friday at 10 a.m. and on every 1st and 3rd Friday at 10 a.m., live, in person, outside. Email for more information.

MANZANITA NIGHT WRITERS & WRITERS UNLIMITED manuscript review meetings every 1st and 3rd Monday evening via ZOOM.  From 6:30-9 p.m. – call Monika, 209-754-0577, for more information or email

16th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference –  October 1 – 3, 2021  – Plan on attending!  – registration begins June 15. Website shows 2019 offerings for now. Contact Monika at 754-0577 –  CHECK out our Website: for future events and catch us on Facebook: Manzanita Writers Press.

Writing support in the form of manuscript review among writing colleagues resumed via ZOOM sessions as of March 1, 2021. Email us for more information.  Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6:30 pm. – open to the Mother Lode region and within a 70-mile radius of Calaveras County.  Manzanita Morning Writers and Manzanita Night Writers, and Writers Unlimited are consolidated and included. 

Voices of Wisdom classes have been ongoing on Zoom from 2020 to the present. Let us know if you would like to join in — covering the Mother Lode region, tri-county areas of Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne counties.   Free weekly writing classes for seniors 55 and up. Every Friday at 10 a.m. via Zoom by invitation. 

Email: or

Books launched in October 2020: 

– Cate Culver: The Untold History of Sonora Pass and Its People: 1860-1960

– Thomas White – Soldier By Chance –  Memories of Vietnam

— Voices of Wisdom anthologyMother Lode Voices: October 18, 2020

Stephen Finlay Archer’s Book 5 of the Irish Clans:

Notice of gallery closure – June 29, 2020

As of April 2021:

Thank you everyone in Calaveras County and beyond for  your support 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. Our new location will be the Volunteer Center in San Andreas at 325 Lewis Avenue.

Phone: 209-728-6117 or email director at



Call for MORE INFORMATION  728-6117
MONIKA •  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.    – •

This was our last event of 2020 B.C. (Before Covid)

Sunday, March 8 – 6:30 – Intimate Concert at Manzanita, with Brad Hoshaw.  New to our foothills from a hugely successful era in Omaha, Brad Hoshaw has already been making a big splash locally. Living now in Wilseyville, Hoshaw has found new inspiration for his heartfelt and personally relatable original songs and Americana, pop-folk, country and old-time favorites. Manzanita is delighted to bring Brad Hoshaw to our Gallery for an intimate evening of music and song. Seating and space are limited, so reserve NOW to attend this first in a series of mini-concerts. Refreshments provided during intermission and after the show. $15.00 cash/ credit card: fee added – $20 at the door, if space available. Limited seating! We advise purchasing tickets online or in person in advance. We are anticipating a sell-out performance.

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.

 Book launches October 2021, when things calm down:

– Cate Culver: The Untold History of Sonora Pass and Its People

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

— Voices of Wisdom anthology titled Mother Lode Voices – volume 3 and  –
Visit us on our two Facebook pages! (209) 728-6117

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 community in Calaveras County and the wider Mother Lode region. Publishing services for writers   Bookstore – Writers Unlimited manuscript review meetings and Voices of Wisdom classes in September

Oh, you guys – Brad is an awesome musician. Hope you were able to make this lovely intimate concert March 13 at 6:30, our last one. Have a listen online to Brad Hoshaw.
Love all his songs, and hey, I can HEAR and understand every word! He’s a melodic storyteller who tugs at your heart — and that velvet voice! Love the acoustic guitar — hits the emotions and will hold you in a tender hug. He’s a bear of a nice guy, too.