Voices of Wisdom” Writing Classes for Seniors 55 + continue on October Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 2 – 4 pm at the Murphys Library. FREE program. Bring a laptop, notebook, or other writing materials. Contact manzapress.com for calendar information, times and locations.

Sponsor: Manzanita Writers Press & Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main Street, Angels Camp     manzanitawp@gmail.com   209-728-6171

Voices of Wisdom

Voices is a free writing program for seniors that is a continuing series of weekly writing classes at various locations in Calaveras County, sponsored by Manzanita Writer Press, and serving the Mother Lode. Since August, the series has continued to provide delight for writing seniors.

It’s free and open to the public, but you must contact the sponsor to sign up as space is limited and classes fill up fast. Go to manzanitawp@gmail.com or call 209-728-6171 to sign up.

Participants enjoy a 2-hour class each week designed to stimulate memories and to write these stories and moments down in an artistic and professional manner, eligible for publication and further exploration by the writer. Trained writers and teachers lead the sessions and assist writers in drafting and polishing writing.

Writing exercises and tasks, instruction with models of good writing, and creative avenues of expression are important to the process. Collaboration and sharing of individual writing is nurtured and valued at these sessions. Participants enjoy the social aspects of writing and sharing with friends that they make in the classes, and cohesive writing friends and colleagues are formed. Many of the participants have been with the program since its inception and continue to attend and participate in the gatherings.

Writing coaches and editors guide the editing process toward a culminating anthology of edited and polished essays and stories, due out in April 2019.

A collaborative sharing of writing in the program will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, right after the class, from 3:15-5:15, and the public is invited to sit in and listen to some great stories.

Publication of the 2019 anthology is possible by a generous grant from the Calaveras Community Foundation.

Fall Schedule – the series has been in progress since August:

October Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 2-4 pm
Murphys Library, 480 Park Lane, Murphys
November Tuesdays, 6,13,20,27 – 1-3 pm.
Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main Street, Angels Camp
December Tuesdays, 4,11,18 – 1-3 pm.
Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main Street, Angels Camp