Author Testimonials

“A well-run writing series can bring out a sizable audience, provide a conducive atmosphere, take care of the important technical details, provide excellent accommodations, and the people who run Manzanita’s do all that very well.  But there’s something else in the air there: a receptivity and responsiveness, a fullness of attention, that distinguish both organizers and audience, and make this one of the best series I’ve ever had the good fortune to be involved with”Floyd Skloot, author of The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life –

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“Vera Wildauer and Kathie Hightower, co-founders and hosts of the Manzanita Writers’ Series, and who are writers themselves, they really roll out the red carpet when an author comes to town. Their panache and flair for detail were in evidence from my first contact with them, and continued beyond the event itself. Publicity and book sales, (provided by Manzanita’s own Cloud and Leaf Books) were handled in a professional and timely manner. Accommodations were provided at a modest little motel within walking distance of the beach. My well-attended reading was enthusiastically emceed by the hosts at the intimate Hoffman Arts Center.  A wine and chocolate bash topped off the evening.Authors, if you have a new book to promote, I would highly recommend contacting the Manzanita Writers’ Series. You won’t be disappointed.”  Willa Schneberg, poet and author of Storytelling in Cambodia –

JBarrington-3SM“Thank you so much for including me in your terrific series. I think you’ve got a real success on your hands, and much appreciate the work you have put into it. It’s a great audience.”Judith Barrington, poet and author of Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea –

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“I absolutely loved reading for the Manzanita Writers’ Series. The fun, quirky atmosphere and good vibes in the room, not to mention all those friendly faces, made it a special evening.”Jennie Shortridge, author of When She Flew –



“The Manzanita Writers Series is a fabulously good time! The scenery is wonderful, the accommodations comfortable, and the crowd–well, nothing like a room full of raucous readers! I encourage all my fellow authors to make the trip to the Coast and enjoy the fun!”Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain –