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November 5, 2023(1 event)

1:30 pm: The Brothers Lee and Tod Goldberg: Crime Writers in Conversation with Susan Straight

November 5, 2023

The Brothers Lee and Tod Goldberg: Crime Writers in Conversation with Susan Straight

Sunday, November 5, 2023

1:30-3:00 PM

Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

3834 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501


Three award winning authors – one spectacular program! Inlandia Institute and UCR ARTS present “The Brothers Lee and Tod Goldberg: Crime Writers in Conversation with Susan Straight” on Sunday, November 5, from 1:30-3:00 PM, and invite you to celebrate the launch of Lee Goldberg’s new book, Calico.


Book sales will be provided by Mystery Ink. Refreshments will be served.


This event is free and open to the public, but please be aware that some content may not be suitable for all audience members.


Tod Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Gangsterland, a finalist for the Hammett Prize; Gangster Nation; and The Low Desert: Gangster Stories, named a Southwest Book of the Year and a finalist for several literary prizes. He lives in Indio, California, where he directs the low-residency MFA in creative writing and writing for the performing arts at the University of California, Riverside.


Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Lost Hills, the Ian Ludlow trilogy, fifteen Monk mysteries, and five internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare books co-written with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and Monk, and is the co-creator of the hit Hallmark movie series Mystery 101.

November 6, 2023(1 event)

6:00 pm: Writing for Children with José Chávez

November 6, 2023

Writing for Children with José Chávez

(All Levels)

Alternating Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, and 11/6/23, Zoom

To register:

This workshop is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to write or are writing for children. We’ll explore the writing voice for children, define a “picture book,” story arc, story introductions, appropriate vocabulary, children’s poetry, and more. There will be time to flex our writing muscles and develop the beauty and strength of our “voice” for children.

José Chávez is a retired bilingual teacher and dedicates his life to writing. He's had poetry published in the Multilingual Educator Journal, Acentos Review, Inlandia Anthology and has written two award-winning bilingual poetry books for children. He lives in Riverside, CA, is married, and has three grown children.

November 7, 2023(3 events)

11:30 am: Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

November 7, 2023

Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

(All Levels)

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM PT, Weekly. Workshops resume Tuesday, September 12, 2023 on Zoom.

To register:

Named in honor of beloved workshop leader CelenaDiana Bumpus, participants are encouraged to write from a prompt and share their work, with friendly critiques offered by workshop members. All genres are welcome to be explored. Enrollment is limited.

Wil Clarke tolerates writing, but loves having written. He was born and spent 27 years of his life in Africa. He misses the guidance and wisdom of Celena Bumpus and is attempting to keep her legacy alive in her former students through Celena’s Scribes.

6:00 pm: Spoken Word Poetry with David Puma

November 7, 2023

Spoken Word Poetry with David Puma

(All Levels)

Alternating Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, and 11/7

In person at Riverside Main Library

3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside

To register:

In this Spoken Word Poetry Workshop, we invite you to dive into the expressive storytelling power of the spoken word. Unleash your creativity and find your unique voice as we explore the art of crafting powerful and evocative poems. You will be guided through various poetic forms, techniques, and performance styles. Discover how to convey emotions, perspectives, and personal experiences through your words and presence.

Through interactive exercises, drafting poems, peer review, and analyzing spoken word poets, you will learn to infuse your poems with rhythm, rhyme, and mesmerizing imagery, unlocking the potential to engage listeners on a profound level. Our inclusive and supportive environment encourages open expression, fostering a space where you can share your truth and elevate your spoken word prowess. Registration is limited to 12.

David Puma obtained his M.F.A. in creative writing at San Jose State University and his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Redlands. He has been in advanced poetry workshops every semester for the last four years, and has performed spoken word across California, including the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire – as well as in New York City and in London, U.K. Professionally, David’s poetry has been included on streaming platforms like Disney+.

6:00 pm: The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington

November 7, 2023

The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington

(All Levels)

Alternating Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, and 11/7/23, Zoom

To register:

Discover the art and craft of writing poetry with generative prompts and other forms of poetic inspiration. Brief group feedback will help you uncover images and language that resonate for you and for your audience.

Romaine Washington, M. Ed., is the author of “Purgatory Has an Address” (Bamboo Dart Press) and “Sirens in Her Belly” (Jamii Publications). She has been published in a wide variety of anthologies and periodicals, including Inlandia Institute’s “San Bernardino Singing” anthology and “Cholla Needles 32, 36 and 39.”

Ms. Washington is a fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina, and the Inland Area Writing Project at the University of California, Riverside. She was a public school educator for over twenty years, and has developed a social justice curriculum available for free on her website: The proud mother of two sons, Romaine Washington is a native Californian from San Bernardino who currently resides in the Inland Empire.

November 8, 2023(2 events)

2:00 pm: No One Else Can Write Your Memoir! with Alaina Bixon

November 8, 2023

No One Else Can Write Your Memoir! with Alaina Bixon

(All Levels)

Meets Weekly on Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 PM PT, 10/ 11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, and 11/8/23, Zoom

To register:

What makes a compelling memoir? We will examine some excerpts for structure, tone and craft. Each workshop session will include time for writing from prompts. Writers are welcome to share their work with the group for feedback.

Writers of all levels may join the workshops.

Alaina Bixon is a freelance writer of personal essays. She has led Inlandia Institute workshops on creative writing, food writing, and memoir. Her company, Tilton Bass Publishing, helps clients launch their books into the world.

6:30 pm: Writing and Presenting Poetry in American Sign Language with Ryan Fingerle

November 8, 2023

Writing and Presenting Poetry in American Sign Language with Ryan Fingerle

(All Levels)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM PT, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, and 11/8/23, Zoom

To register:

Do you want to write poetry but don’t know how? Would you like to express poetry in ASL, but you’re not sure where to begin?

Then come to this workshop! This introductory course is especially created for poetry lovers who want to learn how to write and present poetry in American Sign Language. It’s also for those who want to learn how to appreciate the art of poetry in both English and ASL. All are welcome – d/Deaf, HOH, and hearing – and an interpreter and closed captioning will be available.

In this course, participants will experience both written and visual poetry. The workshop has several aims: to increase the ways you can become more engaged and curious readers of poetry; to increase your confidence in writing poems through text in English and American Sign Language; and to provide you with the support and resources for writing and presenting poetry in ASL.

Ryan Fingerle is a Deaf writer, poet, and educator whose love of words has no boundaries. One of her works, “Stuck in the Middle,” was published in the 2021 MUSE Literary Magazine. She presented her English poem “Connected” in ASL in front of a live audience for a National Deaf History and Poetry Month event. Ryan holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and she is in a process of earning her M.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a private tutor in English and Math, and her 10 years of experience – and passion – is helping her adult students and their families enjoy the merits of both ASL and the English language.

November 9, 2023(2 events)

11:00 am: All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello

November 9, 2023

All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello

(All Levels)

Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Ongoing. Meets Weekly. (A Zoom option may be available; contact Inlandia for details.)

To register:

This ongoing writing workshop meets weekly at Redlands Community Center. Memoir writing, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing are all encouraged and welcome. Discover the pure joy of writing and creating with others in a supportive environment.

Mae Wagner Marinello has been a part of Inlandia since a 2008 writing workshop with Ruth Nolan. In 2014, she began facilitating a weekly writing workshop called Joslyn Joy Writers, at the Joslyn Senior Center in Redlands. During the pandemic lockdown, the weekly workshop continued on Zoom; it is now a hybrid class averaging between 10-20 combined participants on Zoom and in-person.

3:30 pm: Tesoros de Cuentos “Viva Abuelita Power” with Frances J. Vasquez

November 9, 2023

Tesoros de Cuentos “Viva Abuelita Power” with Frances J. Vasquez

Eight Thursdays, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, and 12/7, 2023; 3:30 - 5:30 PM (No meeting on Thanksgiving.)

In person at SSgt. Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library, 2985 Madison St., Riverside CA 92504.

To register:

Inlandia’s Tesoros de Cuentos bilingual creative writing workshop is back! This fall, the “Viva Abuelita Power” theme will give voice to the wisdom, knowledge, and power of the Grandmother. Through writing exercises, participants will unravel from their hearts and memories personal experiences and/or stories of the abuelitas in their lives — chronicling a treasure trove of sweet and savory recollections.

Tesoros Motto: Las palabras vuelan; los escritos quedan — Words fly; writings endure.

Frances J. Vásquez is a native Inlandian of immigrant parents from México. She attended local schools and earned BS and MBA degrees from UC Riverside. An aficionada of arts and letters, she loves cultural events and served as a guide at Riverside Art Museum. She is director Emerita of the Inlandia institute.

November 10, 2023
November 11, 2023(1 event)

12:00 pm: So You Want To Be a Writer? with James Coats 

November 11, 2023

Saturdays, September 9-November 11, 2023

12:00-2:00 PM

In person at Riverside Main Library

3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 93501

Free and open to teens ages 13-19


So You Want To Be a Writer? with James Coats 

(Teens ages 13-19)

Saturdays, 12 - 2 PM PT, 9/9/23-11/11/23, in person at the Riverside Main Library

3900 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501

Free and open to teens ages 13-19


Registration required:


This fall, Inlandia brings college-level creative writing workshops to teen-aged creatives thanks to a unique partnership with the City of Riverside Library. Led by James Coats, working writers drawn from the area community will lead teens through a ten-week progressive series. The program will be held at the Riverside Main Library on Saturdays beginning September 9, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.


Workshop leader James Coats, himself an author, poet, and educator, will welcome a new guest writer each week, offering teens the opportunity to learn from professional working writers in a library environment. Topics will include: poetry, and the different modes of poetic expression; memoir and memory; fiction writing including micro fiction, flash, short stories, and long-form fiction; journalism and the newspaper industry; writing for magazines and periodicals; reading and performing your work for an audience; strategies for revising work toward publication; what it’s like to be an editor; and getting published. The final session will be a public reading and discussion.


Free and open to all interested teens but registration is required.


James Coats is an author, poet, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in the Inland Empire. He received his BFA from Cal Poly Pomona and his MBA from Cal State San Bernardino. As a creative change agent, he believes the arts can inspire youth and influence positive change in the world. His first poetry collection, If I had Lived, was published in 2018. In 2021, he founded Lift Our Voices Education, which hosts the monthly “Be The Change: Social Justice Writing Workshop.” His newest poetry collection, Midnight & Mad Dreams, is published by World Stage Press. Follow him on Instagram @MrLovingWords.