Las Palabras Vuelan, Los Escritos Quedan

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Tesoros de Cuentos

Thursdays • March 1 — April 5 • 2 pm to 4 pm
SSgt Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library
2985 Madison Street, Riverside


The Inlandia region of Southern California has maintained a significant Mexican American presence. Thus, the workshops are designed with a bilingual, bicultural focus. Participants will put into writing the stories that are waiting to be released from inside their hearts: the hidden treasures perhaps unknown to younger generations; the cuentos, dichos & leyendas that have been passed on from generation to generation through the rich oral tradition. Workshop participants will write the community histories from their own perspective. Our goal is to give literary voice to their stories.

Participants will be encouraged to chronicle what life was like back in the day. We aim to preserve the community’s treasure trove of stories for the appreciation of future generations. We will discuss effective writing techniques and tips on documenting family histories through narratives that begin with childhood.

This FREE community enrichment program is presented by the Inlandia Institute and is open to the public.


Rose Y. Monge is a quintessential educator. She earned degrees from UCR and CSU San Bernardino. She taught French and designed the Chicano studies course at Poly HS where she was a guidance counselor. She facilitates memoir writing workshops at the Goeske Center. She serves on the Boards of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and the Community Settlement Association, as well as memberships in the Riverside Museum Associates and the Multicultural Council.

Frances J. Vasquez has a diverse background in education and public service. She earned degrees from RCC and UCR. She participates in the Riverside Inlandia creative writing workshops and is a contributor to the Inlandia Literary Journeys Column in The Press-Enterprise and The Sun. She serves on the Board of the Inlandia Institute and is a member of the Multi-Cultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates.


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