September 30, 2018
September 30, 2018 –
Local artists from the mile-high mountain community of Wrightwood are putting together the town’s fourth annual literary festival the last weekend of September.
Guest faculty this year include novelist and publisher Yi Shun Lai (author of Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu), the cross-genre poet Nicelle Davis (The Walled Wife), and journalist-poet Alejandro Escudé (My Earthbound Eye), with a keynote presentation and conversation with award-winning Young Adult author and poet Ron Koertge (Shakespeare Bats Cleanup).
In addition to the usual fiction, poetry, and editing workshops, the festival features new classes in parody songwriting, news poetry, community building, and the business of being an author. Some workshops are geared toward experienced writers, while others are offered for more casual readers.
For $55, festival registration includes any two workshops, lunch, the keynote presentation, and free entry into the annual “soapku” contest and Wrightwood Poetry Slam. Saturday night and Sunday festivities are free to the public, including the guest faculty reading, a group hike, presentation of the annual Young Authors Award, and a poetry slam, where poets will compete in a rowdy contest of verse for a $200 prize. Find more at https://www.wrightwoodlitfest.com
September 30, 2018 –
From September 30th to November 18th, Inlandia Institute in partnership with Riverside Art Museum will present writing workshops using inspirations by current exhibitions at RAM to give voice to the migration stories of our multicultural community. Workshop participants will view artworks and with guided writing prompts reflect on their family's migration stories, or imagine their own creative immigration adventure.
Join Frances J. Vásquez on September 30, 2:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. for a workshop inspired by the exhibition of authentic ancient treasures, Uncovering Ancient México: The Mystery of Tlatilco.
Join Frances again on November 18, 2:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. for a workshop focusing on two art exhibitions as the spark for writing stories of migration and immigration, Codex Rodriguez-Mondragon by Sandy Rodriguez who makes powerful historical and visual linkages to present day ICE agents... and Refugee Stories by Kathryn Clark who, in a series of embroidery panels and works on paper that follow the journey of Syrian refugees into Europe.
The workshops are free for RAM members; included with paid general admission.
About Frances J. Vásquez
Frances J. Vásquez facilitates Tesoros de Cuentos writing workshops in Casa Blanca and is a contributor to the Inlandia Literary Journeys column in The Press-Enterprise and The Sun. She Graduated from UCR with BS and MBA Degrees. Frances serves on the Inlandia Institute Board and is a member of the Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates.
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October 4, 2018
7:00 pm: ARTS WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS FEATURING BEN STOLTZFUS AND HIS NEW BOOK, 'FALLING AND OTHER STORIES'
October 4, 2018 –
On Thursday, October 4, at 7:00 p.m., join us for the first installment of Inlandia’s Arts Walk for Book Lovers at the Main branch of the Riverside Public Library, downtown, upstairs, on the first Thursday of every month. In October, our featured author is Ben Stoltzfus, who will be presenting and discussing his newest publication, Falling and Other Stories (Anaphora Press, 2018).
Falling and Other Stories, a novella and six short fictions, is by turn mythic and realistic, moving and wistful, innovative and traditional. It maps a wide geography of human emotions: lust, adventure, love, alienation, explicit violence and implicit passion. Ben Stoltzfus makes each character--a glamour girl, a scuba queen, a shaman, a mountain climber, a skier, a ball-court superstar, women in distress, even strangers--come vividly alive.
About Ben Stoltzfus
Ben Stoltzfus is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a novelist, translator, literary critic and internationally recognized inter-arts scholar. He has published 12 monographs of literary criticism, five novels and one collection of short stories. Romoland, a pictonovel, his most recent publication, was written in collaboration with Judith Palmer, the artist. He has received many awards: Fulbright, Camargo, Gradiva, Humanities, Creative Arts, and MLA. Stoltzfus lives in Riverside, California, with Judith Palmer, his wife.
Reading will be followed by light refreshments and book sales and signing.
The Riverside Public Library is located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside. This event is free and open to the public.
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October 6, 2018
October 6, 2018 –
On Saturday, October 6th, develop your public reading skills and gain confidence to share your work in front of an audience. Learn techniques to prepare for public readings, reduce fear before readings and on stage, work with a mic, and give readings that engage audiences and leave them wanting more. You’ll also get practice and one-on-one supportive, useful feedback.
This event begins at 2:00 p.m. The SSgt Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library is located at 2985 Madison St. Riverside, CA 92504.
About liz gonzalez
liz gonzález is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (Los Nietos Press 2018). liz earned a BA in Theatre Arts and has almost 30 years experience sharing her writing to audiences of different ages and backgrounds. She recently performed her work at KPCC's Unheard LA-Live in Baldwin Park, and an excerpt of her performance was used in their radio promotion. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in the City of Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, Inlandia: A Literary Journey, BorderSenses, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She is the author of the poetry collection Beneath Bone (Manifest Press 2000). Her awards include an Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Artistic Grant, and residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Lucas Artists Residency Program, and Hedgebrook. liz grew up in the San Bernardino Valley and currently lives in Long Beach. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literature and the arts, and is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Lizgonzalez.com
The workshop is FREE and open to the public.
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November 1, 2018
7:00 pm: ARTS WALK FOR BOOK LOVERS NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH KICKOFF EVENT WITH BECCA SPENCE DOBIAS
November 1, 2018 –
Do you want to write a novel? Do you want to write a novel in 30 days? Every year, people around the world take on this ambitious adventure during National Novel Writing Month. Join Inlandia Institute at the Riverside Public Library downtown, upstairs, for a fun, friendly event to get your novel underway.
In this workshop, Becca Spence Dobias, who has participated in and "won" NaNoWriMo several times, will explain how to participate, lead exercises, and share tips and tricks for making the most of it all. For those already in the know about NaNo, there will be a dedicated space for writing and some fun writing prompts.
About Becca Spence Dobias
Becca Spence Dobias is a mom, author, doula, and ukulele player. She is the author of Rock of Ages, currently in production with Inkshares, and one of the founding members of WritingBloc.com.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, November 1st, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Riverside Public Library is located at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
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