Writers of Flash Fiction

Writers Unlimited – support group for writers of all genres

Morning Meetings 1st and 3rd Mondays – 9 am to 11:30 am at Manzanita Arts Emporium – 1211 S Main Street, Angels Camp

Evening meetings 2nd and 4th Mondays – 6-9 pm in San Andreas at 255 Lewis Street, San Andreas, CA — at the Volunteer Center of Calaveras County

Contact: Manzanita Writers Press and Manzanita Arts Emporium (209) 728-6171 or email:


Writers Unlimited group photo taken in 2000-something.




Monika will lead Voices of Wisdom classes August 7, 14, 21, 28 at Oak Shadows Community Room in San Andreas. Call or email to reserve:209-728-6171 or



Recent Events –


Monika and Suzanne Murphy led a poetry workshop Sunday, April 17, opening up pores and exploring the senses through tactile exploration.

For more information about events, call 209-728-6171

Monika’s poem “Talons” was a finalist in the Animalscapes Arts Exhibit now on view at Ironstone Vineyards through February. After that, the exhibit moves to Black Oak Casino, then to Sutter Hotel in Sutter Creek.



Monika Rose read her finalist poem written for the River Reflections arts project,  “Mokelumne River Song” at the Hotel Leger in downtown Mokelumne Hill –on Saturday, March 14. The arts event was from 2 -5 pm as a part of the River Reflections Arts Project sponsored by Amador Arts and Calaveras Arts Councils, Foothill Conservancy, and East Bay Mudd.  The project celebrates the beauty and sustenance of the Mokelumne River Watershed in our lives.  Come join us for the art show and live performances of dance and    music and poetry!                                         Photo by Ron Pickup


March 15, 2015- reading from the Taste of Literary Elegance: Wine, Cheese &  Chocolate book and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and storytelling and poetry — open mic for public sharing. Hors d’oeuvres and wine-tasting. Come join the fun at Murphys Hotel!

May 1, 2, and 3 – 2015 — Goldrush Writers Conference in Mokelumne Hill at the Hotel Leger — join writers from across California in the 10th annual Gold Rush! Monika Rose’s workshop is called “Flesh Out Your Prose with Silent Dialogue” — register now!

Flesh Out Your Prose with Silent Dialogue


Monika Rose

It has been said that 50% to 70% of all communication is body language—gesture, movement, posture, and eye contact. And actors and directors use stage business, or incidental action and movement to develop their characters and to convey underlying emotion, create atmosphere, communicate incongruent behaviors, and reveal hidden context. This workshop will explore nonverbal communication and stage business in writing prose, discovering ways to “flesh out” your scenes and make them more realistic and powerful with nonverbal business.You will develop stronger characters in your prose by learning trade secrets from writers such as Flannery O’Connor, Michael Chabon, TC Boyle, and John Steinbeck via samples of powerful scenes that illustrate effective stage business and nonverbal communication.Bring a scene from your own work-in-progress that you would like to enhance (one or two pages), especially a scene that needs a little something, but you are not sure what that something is. Triple space the selection so you have plenty of room to add material. Get ready to share your results with a circle of writers.

New Book release! 

Nov. 15, the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate book was released! 

148 pages of sublime writing and luscious art.  Get yours now!

Old news…

June 2014 book fundraising party at the Hotel Leger – 

Join Monika at a book signing of her collection of poems at the ARTS BASH Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Thorn Mansion in downtown San Andreas. Go to 87 E. St. Charles St. (Hwy 49) and listen and dance to Blame Sally, a great band, munch on some fantastic BBQ, see George Durkee paint plein air, and watch Sharon Armstrong’s mask-making techniques from noon to 5 PM. Only 35.00 at the door helps fund the Center for the Arts and Creativity, as well as helps Manzanita Writers Press with organizing workshops and events in the literary arts. Come meet Monika and chat with her and some of the press staff, get a signed book by any of the authors affiliated with MWP who are present, and have a great time! Check the youtube link below and listen to Blame Sally — great music!


Blame Sally Link:

Thorn Mansion Blame Sally

See the article about them:

ArtBash at Thorn Mansion with Blame Sally

Hours:  12 noon – 5 pm
Location:  Thorn Mansion in San Andreas
Contact:  Connie Strawbridge

Blame Sally, a female folk-rock phenomenon will be feature at ArtsBash at Thorn Mansion. You’ll love their smooth harmonies, amazing songwriting and beautiful groove. Enjoy a yummy BBQ and veggie entrees, silent auction, dancing, no-host bar, and interactive community totem art project, plein air painting, Tours of Thorn Mansion (built in 1860s) and a book-signing with Manzanita Writers Press all for $35. And the best thing, is that you will be helping The Center for Creativity & Community to bring wonderful workshops, classes and events to Calaveras County to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. So come on out and enjoy the beautiful mansion gardens for a true ARTSBASH! Tickets are $35 each. Visit for more info. To preview Blame Sally, visit

River by the Glass is available not only as a print book on Amazon and from outlets in the Mother Lode, but as an exclusive Amazon Kindle eBook. Download the Kindle app for your laptop, computer,  and other formats. Buy it for $2.99 for your Kindle now!

Looking for a great gift idea? Send someone you care about an eBook of poems for their Kindle or laptop/desktop computer!  GlenHill Publishing presents River by the Glass as an Amazon Select eBook, with full color photography of river scenes by Ron Pickup and a lifetime collection of poetry by Monika Rose!  River by the Glass on Amazon    Only $2.99 as a download for the holidays! 

 If you’d like a print edition, then you can order from

Monika’s web site,          River by the Glass at  or from Amazon, of course or even directly from  Small Press Distribution!   River by the Glass at



River by the Glass front cover small


A collection of eclectic poems that  may nuzzle against you and urge you to  puzzle, cry, laugh, and reminisce over your own memory gems buried beneath the surface like bits of glass glittering in the river.  Catch Monika reading some of these aloud at a reading coming near you. She promises you won’t go away empty. Purchase your copy now!   – send $26.00 by check made out to Monika Rose, to cover price of one book, shipping/pkging, and tax, plus shipping information and address. For two books, it’s $52.00. Thank you for supporting the literary arts in our region.

 Amazon Kindle purchase  for the eBook only pay $2.99!

Purchase a print copy from Small Press Distribution for $21.95 directly from the distributor!




Past Workshops and Readings

Come join me at the Shine Cafe for an evening of  poetry from the eBook and print book, River by the Glass, as well as some fresh material hot off the poetry saute pan.

This poetry series “Poetry with Legs” is hosted by Bill Gainer, a wonderful poet. Corner of 14th and E St. in Sacramento at 7:30 PM.  It’s every 2nd Wed. at the Shine Cafe.

 There is an open mic afterwards! You have to sign up by 7:30 PM to read at open mic.

Nov. 10, 2012 – Meeting of the Ages Writers Conference and Panel Discussions on History in San Andreas – Free to the Public

Sal Manna – Writing your Family History

Bonnie Miller – Organizing your research for your historical novel or book

Kathy Boyd Fellure, Durlynn Anema, Sarah Lundsford, Betty Weatherby-Writing Children’s Books with Historical Settings

Sally Kaplan and David Vassar – To Script or Not to Script – Writing for Television and Film documentary

Linda Abbott Trapp – Writing the Tough Memories – Memoir writing

Scott Thomas Anderson – David Roddy – Panel on historical topics in the Mother Lode including prostitution and gambling in the 1950s in the Mother Lode.

Archivist Shannon Van Zant – holds small group Archives orientation for researchers and history buffs

Sierra Lode Star Panel with Mike Taylor, Editor, and Buzz Eggleston, Calaveras Enterprise Editor — columnists and writers for the Lode Star discuss journalism for our time

Thorn Mansion talk: renovators and owners of the lovely Thorn Mansion describe their restoration adventures with this delightful 1850s home

Glenn Wasson as Black Bart – visit the past and chat with the Poetic Bandit!

Free Museum Entrance this day only.

Wine Tasting with Chatom Winery!

Affordable Gifts Reception today at the Calaveras Arts Council Gallery at 22 N. Main St. San Andreas, CA 95249 – sales of unique, artistic holiday gifts, jewelry, artisan originals and crafts, plus much more, through end of Dec.  – all under $100.00 each.  Most around $20-25.




July 14, 2011 Saturday – eBook It!

Workshop with Lou Gonzalez from 9-3 at the Calaveras Arts Council Gallery (22 N. Main St. San Andreas, CA 95249) presented by the Literary League of Calaveras County Arts Council, of which Manzanita Writers Press is a member. Learn how to format your manuscript using Word for eBook publication readiness. Contact Linda Field to sign up.  – it’s $95.00 for the entire day, including lunch and refreshments. You will receive valuable materials to take home. Hands-on publication for a ready manuscript that afternoon if you’re ready! With help from Lou and Jennifer.

Call 209-736-0222 for more information.

MEDIA RELEASE from the Calaveras Arts Council’s Literary League

Event date and time: Saturday, July 14, 2012     9:00am – 3:00pm

Locations: Calaveras County Arts Council     22 N Main St. San Andreas, CA  95249


Calaveras Arts Council

 Manzanita Writers Press


Calaveras County Arts Council Literary League Event              

Contact:         Linda Field at                                                                                                                     

 Or call 209-736-0222


Mary Jane Genochio at  Or call 209-754-1774

Past Events 

The Calaveras County Arts Council and Literary League

Invite You to


eBook It!


Join computer scientist and author Lou Gonzalez for a Manzanita Writers Press eBook creation workshop on Saturday, July 14 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Calaveras County Arts Council Gallery, 22 Main Street, San Andreas.


Whether you have a book ready to publish, a group of short stories or poems, or simply want to learn how to prepare your work for publication on Kindle or Nook, Lou will show you how and give you materials and instruction to get you going.


You’ll learn how to properly organize your manuscript according to eBook requirements, use Word Style Sheets for efficient manuscript preparation and changes associated with eBooks, and send your publication to Kindle and Nook. If your manuscript is ready to go, you may accomplish all these tasks in the class.


If you are able to bring a laptop with you to the workshop you’ll get hands-on experience in creating a sample template to use for eBook creation and practice the steps necessary to prepare your manuscript. You’ll learn how to view your eBook before you send it to a distributor and explore the process of submitting your manuscript for publication. Manzanita Writers Press publishing staff will be there to help with editing questions, and more in-depth editing assistance can be arranged.


If your manuscript is ready for publication, you may see it for sale on Kindle within 48 hours! How many six-hour workshops have taken you that far?


The cost for this valuable experience is $95, which includes the workshop, materials and instruction, lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments. Register early as the workshop space is limited and seats are going fast.


Make your $95 check payable to CCAC/Manzanita Writers Press and mail it to Manzanita Writers Press, PO Box 632, San Andreas, CA 95249. For more information contact

Linda Field at 209-736-0222, email   or Monika Rose at 209-754-0577, or the Arts Council at 209-754-1774.


Lou Gonzalez

Lou Gonzalez writes technical books and novels. To publish his technical book, Creating Your eBook, he combined his engineering and programming degrees, and his experience in computer design, with his work in converting over 15 manuscripts into Kindle and Nook eBooks. In addition, Lou teaches creative writing, lectures about novel structure and eBooks, and for the last nine years has been the moderator for a Barnes & Noble writing workshop.

For his Eric Sandoval mystery novels, he draws on his ethnic background in the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles to present the challenges and opportunities that America offers to all its citizens. His novels center on accomplishment, danger, drug lords, and political corruption in Los Angeles. He’s traveled and worked in Europe, the Near East, and throughout South America.

Lou brings to his writing a rich technical work experience in design of spy satellites and software programming. In addition to working for major aerospace and software companies, he founded his own software company. His company, which he managed for more than fifteen years, designed software for the Fortune 500 companies and for the US and NATO military.







Calaveras Arts Council

Mary Jane Genochio: Executive Director

PO Box 250 / 22 N Main Street

San Andreas, CA  95249

209-754-1774  office

209-754-4624  fax


Support the arts with your membership to CCAC.



              Now tax deductible!






January 28: Antoinette May in Travel Writing and Linda Abbott Trapp, Writing to Heal.

January – Poetry workshops monthly with Monika Rose – begin in January  – location TBA –

February – San Francisco Writers Conference – join some of our members in the trek to SF – Mark Hopkins Hotel –

Sonora Joe’s – romantic poetry and prose reading – collective reading with Tuolumne poets and writers

March:   Poetry reading at Columbia College  – Monika Rose, River by the Glass,  and Ron Pickup -river  photography exhibit from his collection of the Clavey and Stanislaus rivers, and more.

April 14 – Delta College – Maxine Hong Kingston and more….

 May  – first week in May 4-6   Goldrush Writers Conference – Antoinette May is director – go to for more information. Monika leads a workshop in adding literary detail and layering, and will be a part of the Poetry Clinic with Kevin Arnold and Kathie Isaac-Luke!


Saturday,  November 5 –  2-4 PM –Sonora Joe’s in Sonora – 140 Washington St.

 Monika Rose reads from her new book, River by the Glass, and Ron Pickup, displays his river photography exhibit. Open mic at 4 PM.  Come see the Nation’s Capitol Christmas Tree on parade at about 3:00 PM.  Come join Monika and Ron!



October 14 – Friday, 2-6 PM. Gary Rose will host an art workshop and art reception at the Mountain Ranch Community Center (Youth Alliance and Resource Center), in Mountain Ranch from 2- 7 PM,  with his works displayed for public viewing the entire month.  His works are large, geometric, acrylic hard-edge designs, with minimalist movement echoes, and they present personal icons that reflect universal modern life, yet soothe and unite the elements of landscape, and homescape.  Definitely modern. More details to come!  Reception includes refreshments!

Monika will hold a workshop on Ekphrasis – Writing about Art. 3-4 PM. She will also read from her new book, River by the Glass, as well as talk about poetry.

Free to the public.


7869 Whiskey Slide Road, Mountain Ranch

 (next to the park in Mountain Ranch)


October 14– Friday, from 2- 6   Monika Rose conducts a writing workshop for all writing levels from 2-4 and reading/signing/reception from 3-4 PM!  The workshop is free! Everyone invited.  She will share poems and insights about the way we live up here, and our wonderful rural environment, from her new book, River by the Glass. Location: Mountain Ranch Community Center next to the park- Whiskey Slide Road – (turn at Senders toward the park).

October 13 – Monika and Glenn community television interview in Auburn with Loyce Smallwood.

October 17 – Monika is featured speaker at the Friends of the Library annual meeting in Copperopolis – Saddle Creek Resort at noon. Her books will be available, including Wild Edges, and River by the Glass.

October 22 – Writers and Musicians Gather for a Fall Event – 11 AM -3 PM in San Andreas at Murrays Creek Kitchen in San Andreas – Manzanita Writers Press hosts Stories and Seeds and Music — music by Tim Christenson,  readings by writers, book signing, a drawing and silent auction for donated items, plus a seed exchange! Contact Linda Field to sign up:

 November 3 – Angels Camp Museum  – Discussion on Mark Twain and Censorship – Monika will be a part of the panel along with Scott Anderson – led by Craig Hadley, Angels Camp Museum Director – Time: 6:30 PM at the Angels Camp Museum in Angels Camp – for directions, contact


November 5 – Sonora Joe’s in Downtown Sonora – 2:00 PM – Monika Rose and publisher, Ron Pickup , GlenHill Publishing, present River by the Glass – readings from the book of poems, river photography installation, and more. Ron’s Tuolumne, Stanislaus, and Clavey River photos grace the book, and will be in full color display all month. Reception and author signing and reading – come meet author and publisher for this event! Get your book signed by the author and the publisher!



River by the Glass front cover small


A collection of eclectic poems that  may nuzzle against you and urge you to  puzzle, cry, laugh, and reminisce over your own memory gems buried beneath the surface like bits of glass glittering in the river.  Catch Monika reading some of these aloud at a reading coming near you. She promises you won’t go away empty. Purchase your copy now!   – send $28.00 by check made out to Monika Rose, to cover price of one book, shipping/pkging, and tax, plus shipping information and address. For two books, it’s $56.00. Thank you for supporting the literary arts in our region.





Past events:

Writers Unlimited

Come join the writers every 2nd and 4th Monday at the Calaveras County Arts Council gallery at 22 Main St., San Andreas, in lovely Calaveras County. 6:30 PM. Contact Monika for protocol and guidelines for meetings/critique sessions:

All levels of writers welcome!

Old news:

Sept. 17 – A Taste of Calaveras – Manzanita Writers Press will have our writers’ books and more Manzanitas to share with the public. Get your tickets at the Calaveras County Arts Council.

It’s a fundraiser! Held at Dove Hill Ranch.


Go to


Sept. 24 – Join Manzanita poets Monika Rose, Linda Field, and many more poets from the Valley, and across Northern California, converging at the Starry Nights Poetry event at Heritage Oaks Winery, in Acampo, from 11-5.  100 poets for change reading. More info coming.

Monika Rose Sept. 24 Reading at the Starry Nights Poets event in Lodi at Heritage Oak Winery in Acampo – 100 Poets for Change event. Monika Rose, Linda Field, and Kathie Isaac-Luke will represent the Mother Lode poets. 11-5 PM. Talk to Manzanita Writers Press editors and publishers, and come meet Linda Field, Manzanita Voices radio host from KVGC radio and hear about the writers she has lined up for on Sunday mornings, 9 AM, at 1340 AM or audiostreamed at For more information, contact


August 13, Saturday – 11AM -4 PM ~ Moonstruck with Manzanita Literary Festival

Saturday, August 13 ~ Ironstone Vineyards ~ Murphys, CA ~ Wonderful readings by poets and great bass licks by Dave Sackman ~ Thanks to Conrad Levasseur for hosting us at Ironstone Vineyards, a wonderful venue for poetry and art and music!

July 22 – Artspace in Placerville – Thank you to the Red Fox Underground Poetry for hosting me! ! Wonderful group of poets! Thank you Brigit Truex and Taylor Graham for inviting me!  Brigit Truex’s poetry is sublime, as is Moira Magnesun’s and Taylor Graham’s. And not to forget Wendy Williams!  Good poets all!

July 23 – Barnes and Noble reading with Manzanita – Stockton – 2-6 PM  – nice event! books are still on sale there at the Stockton store by the following: Glenn Wasson, Monika Rose, Paul Stein.

May 26 – Barnes and Noble book signing and reading of River by the Glass – great turnout!  40-50 people! Well attended and books sold.

April 30-May 1 – Goldrush Writers – debut release of first copies of River by the Glass ! First edition copies.



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