Voices of Wisdom

Temporarily on hiatus until we can reconvene in groups.  Check back with us in September 2020. We are expecting a book launch of the anthology, Mother Lode Voices, in October if gatherings and events will be feasible.

  Email: manzanitawp@gmail.com

FREE program. Bring a laptop, notebook, or other writing materials.

Contact manzapress.com for information.

Writing exercises and instruction, with hands-on activities, writing time and sharing. Voices is a free writing program for seniors 55+ of all writing levels that is a continuing series of weekly writing classes in Calaveras County, hosted and sponsored by Manzanita Writer Press,  serving the Mother Lode, with 2018, 2019, and 2020 publications funding generously granted by the Calaveras Community Foundation.

This 2019-2020 writing class project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.

Participants enjoyed a 2-hour class each week that was designed to stimulate memories and to write them down in an artistic and professional manner, eligible for publication and further development and collection by the writer. Trained writers and teachers led the sessions. Guest writers and artists from all over the region assisted in presenting fresh and stimulating activities.

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, as well, and cohesive writing friends have developed. 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 in Volume 3 of Voices, due out in April with funding provided by a generous grant from the Calaveras Community Foundation.

Classes will be located at various locations in the county once the schedule is back to normal. 

 Contact for more information: Monika Rose

(209) 728-6117 – manzanitawp@gmail.com

Publication of the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Voices anthologies have been made possible by a generous grant from the Calaveras Community Foundation. Release of the third Voices of Wisdom anthology will be at a public reading in 2020 once we figure out how to do that with Covid concerns. Location and date/time TBD. Participants will be sharing their work from the new book.

We would like to thank Signal Service for their major funding support for Manzanita Arts Emporium & Manzanita Writers Press the last two years.

Support for Classes from March 2019 through November 2019:

This 2019 writing project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org

Note: “Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

 

 

2019 Instructors were:

Mid-March through April – Sally Kaplan

May through mid-June –  Sally Kaplan (in for Suzanne Murphy)

June-July – Chrys Mollett

August-mid-Sept – Monika Rose

Sept- end of October – Denella Kimura

November – Writing workshops, WORD Training, Peer and Self-editing, Writing Craft sessions, Guest speakers and writers, Manuscript organization & editing, and more.

2019 Book submissions and participant editing – November & December

December 7 – 2019 major reading event  –

Voices Book #3 release in October 2020 – Thanks to Calaveras Community Foundation for funding the publication!

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This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org