“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
—Virginia Woolf

Ana Manwaring writes, edits, teaches and connects writers with writers in Wine Country, California. She’s branded cattle in Hollister, out-run gun totin’ maniacs on lonely highways, rented casas to Canadians in Cuernavaca, slept in ruins, PEMEX stations and beached sailboats, hitchhiked through-out the West, discovered hot springs in Baja, lived on houseboats, learned Spanish, advocated for immigration reform, consulted brujos, prepared hundreds of tax returns, visited every California mission, worked for a PI, and swum with dolphins.

Ana won first place in the 2006 Southwest Writers fiction contest for Chupacabra and was awarded the Cortage Scholarship for, I Do, a humorous look at wine country weddings. She was mentioned in the Tiny Lights 2007 contest for her essay Mole. KRCB’s Morning Haiku has featured her work and recently she won first prize for The Suitcase at www.wordsfordollars.com and second place in the Redwood Writer’s Spring Poetry Contest. Ana’s work appears in Vintage Voices, an annual anthology of the California Writers Club, Redwood Branch, which she has co-edited. She’s published locally, written for the Sunday English page in Cuenavaca’s Universal newspaper, and published a handbook for teaching English reading and writing to limited English learners. Zihuatanejo, the first novel of the JadeAnne Stone series is completed and Ana and is working on book two, Coyoacan.

Raised in California, both in the Bay Area and rural ranchlands with her “cowboy cousins,” Ana writes poetry and personal narrative as well as fiction that explores the themes of aging, racism, and immigration. She teaches Creative Writing and Memoir through Napa Valley College—Upper Valley Campus and privately in Sonoma County. Ana performs her work publically in bookstores, coffee houses, on public radio, at book festivals, in senior centers, community centers, libraries and classrooms.

An active board member of Redwood Writers, Ana She created the club’s financial reporting systems during her tenure as Treasurer and developed a membership database when she chaired the Membership Committee. She helped organize the ODD Month Readings, the Revision Workshops, the Tech Workshops, and the Redwood Reading Circle at the Sonoma County Book Festival with her husband, David Prothero of Dwarf Productions. She also founded The Redwood Salon, a roving, bi-monthly literary evening, the annual Vintage Voices Launch Party, Book Swap and Critique Club. Don’t miss Ordinary People/ Extraordinary Moments, Ana’s effort sponsored by Redwood Writers for the ArtsSonoma 2009 Festival at http://norcalextraordinary.blogspot.com.

Ana is happiest when she can help writers connect with one another and achieve their literary goals through classes and private editing. Her goal is to create an atmosphere of camaraderie and confidence where writers, both new and seasoned can come together to practice craft, “re-vision” writings, and support one another in becoming the best writers possible.

“Such a wonderful, compatible group. We are so lucky, and you deserve the credit for making it so successful!”

“Loved the class today and so did Lee. Felt so good being in the room with so many writer friends. Thanks.”

“I must say that in the 15 years I have been taking classes at the college, you are the best teacher we’ve had.”

Visit her “Classes and Workshops” page for class schedules and join Ana in her “writers’ room” soon. Or contact her for developmental-stage manuscript editing.

“Your editing work on my book, “MICKEY-HOME WANTED” is a rescue mission. You are helping me find my way out of the jungle. Five hundred pages of words and I’m thinking, “What am I doing right and what am I doing wrong? I need help. I can’t see where I’m going.” There is still a huge challenge ahead, but with your help, I’m actually enjoying the journey. Many thanks.”
—Robert Shafer

All of your criticisms of my story, “Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof,” had merit and I thank you for your efforts on my behalf.” —Phil Jerome