Voices of Wisdom” Writing Classes for Seniors 55 + 

Online Zoom sessions are by invitation only. Please contact Linda Toren, Director of Voices of Wisdom, at lintoren@gmail.com to get on the email list and for an invitation to the weekly Zoom sessions. 

First and third Fridays via Zoom: Monika Rose leads workshops

Second and fourth Fridays via Zoom: Linda Toren leads workshops. 

Extra sessions held for fifth Fridays, TBA monthly. 

Voices of Wisdom is a free writing program for seniors 55-plus that is a continuing series of weekly writing classes open to all levels, and for those with no formal writing background, or experienced writers seeking a writing community.

Contact Manzanita Writers Press at manzanitawp@gmail.com for more information about our writing programs and activities. 

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.

Classes are free and open to the public, but you must contact the sponsor to sign up as space is limited and classes fill up fast. All levels welcome, and beginners are encouraged to sign up! Go to manzanitawp@gmail.com or email the director, Linda Toren, at lintoren@gmail.com

Call 209-728-6117 for questions. 

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 of writing toward a culminating anthology of edited and Drop us a line at manzanitawp@gmail.com or give a call. You won’t want to miss it. 

If you know a senior in the Mother Lode region, counties of Calaveras, Amador, and Tuolumne, who would love an opportunity to start writing down his or her stories, then please let them know about this program. Some seniors do not use Facebook and may not hear about this. Please spread the word and share this post. Thank you so much! 
 

Linda Toren is the director.  Writing Coaches in 2020-2021 are Linda Toren & Monika Rose. 

We have a great group of returning participants who are seasoned and working on their own writing projects for family, friends, and the community to enjoy reading. New Voices of Wisdom participants are joining every week. Now is your chance to meet new people, exchange great stories and memories of living in our generation, and writing down your stories and impressions.

We have an online writing platform called Manzanita Writers Press NING, and our sessions are conducted via Zoom. Email us if you would like us an invitation to the online community.

manzanitawp@gmail.com

This is a convivial and friendly group that has formed a community of writers and friends from all walks of life and levels of writing over the last five years, most of them not having written down or published their stories before. They have written publishable accounts and essays published in three community volumes of Voices of Wisdom, with supporting grants for publishing all three volumes provided by the Calaveras Community Foundation.

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Write stories, memoir, essays, poetry, and more that reflect your memories and stories buried in those deep recesses, the nooks and crannies of times past.

Speaking of time, which is increasing in speed as we get older, it’s Time to bring those memories to the surface, not only for friends and family to enjoy, but for historic documentation. Only you can describe what it has been like to live in your world.

Calaveras stories, childhood and growing up stories, life happens stories, inspiration and events that remind us we are all a part of the human fabric– these are stories evoking a flood of other people’s memories that can be opened with one key, unlocking it all.

 

FREE program. Bring a laptop, notebook, or other writing materials. Contact manzapress.com for calendar information, times and locations.

Sponsors: 

Signal Service – Angels Camp, CA

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IN 2019, this program was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the nonprofit National Endowment of Humanities   —  visit calhum.org

Voices of Wisdom

Voices is a free writing program for seniors that is a continuing series of weekly writing classes at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Calaveras County, sponsored by Manzanita Writer Press, and serving the Mother Lode. Since August, 2017, the series has continued to provide delight and satisfaction for writing seniors.

It’s free and open to the public, but you must contact the sponsor to sign up as  classes fill up fast. Go to manzanitawp@gmail.com or call 209-728-6117 to sign up. The Manzanita Writers Press Ning is an online opportunity to share writing and participate in the program with lessons and communications available to a closed group of members by invitation only. These members are Voices of Wisdom writers who have their own private group space to share, or they can choose to share with professional writers in an equally safe space, getting some wonderful encouragement and feedback.  Sign up by emailing Monika and letting her know to send you an evite by email.

At Voices sessions, 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, released in September 2019.

Publication of the 2019 and next year’s 2020 anthology is possible by a generous grant from the Calaveras Community Foundation who have supported the seniors in their endeavors since the program’s inception. Manzanita staff are very grateful and appreciative of their help.

Thanks also goes to Signal Service for their ongoing sponsor sustenance of our facility so that these programs for the public can continue.

Just one session sampler of some of the participants.