Events

Events in February 2023

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January 29, 2023(1 event)

1:00 pm: Blacklandia Virtual Discussion: Black Panther - Wakanda Forever with Lisa Henry


January 29, 2023

Blacklandia Virtual Discussion: Black Panther - Wakanda Forever with Lisa Henry

Sunday, January 29, 2023

1:00 - 3:00 PM

On Zoom

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/BlacklandiaWakanda

This program will be a community discussion and an opportunity to consider some of the main themes of the film Wakanda Forever. Topics include Afro-futurism, pop-culture, Black exceptionalism, commemoration and grief. There will also be time for participants to respond to select writing prompts and to share their work.

Lisa Henry, is a curator based in Riverside, California. Henry has been a guest curator for institutions on both the east and west coasts. She has also worked with Riverside Art Museum on several projects including the exhibitions Brenna Youngblood: Lavender Rainbow, Sheila Pree Bright: #1960Now, and June Edmonds: Rhythmic Inquisions. Henry is on the steering committee for the Blacklandia Event Series and has led workshops including “June Edmonds and the Legacy of the American Abstract Painting” which she co-taught with art historian Richard Allen May III.

January 30, 2023(2 events)

1:00 pm: Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge


January 30, 2023

(Seniors, all levels)

Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside,

1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/17/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

Writers are encouraged to respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition: key relationships, physical places, historic events, personal hardships/recovery, love and loss, and personal achievement and development. It is these ties that bind us all in different stages of our lives. Each of us brings a unique perspective to every story. Maybe it's time to write yours. Space is limited.

Rose Y. Monge has facilitated memoir classes at the Goeske Center since 2009. She encourages everyone to leave a written legacy for future generations. As an immigrant from Mexico, her memoir honors her parents’ legacy of life lessons. Her activism since retirement has been advocating for social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

6:30 pm: Make them Swoon: Writing Romance Readers Will Love with James Coats


January 30, 2023

(All Levels, +18)

Alternating Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, and 3/27/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this poetry and prose generative writing workshop, participants will be prompted to create delicious text the audience can’t put down. Participants will explore – and be inspired – by the work of romance writers past and present as we examine craft, ways to avoid cliché pitfalls, and how to develop text that is both unique and thrilling.

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.

January 31, 2023(2 events)

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


January 31, 2023

(All Levels)

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Zoom, Weekly. Meetings resume January 10.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

7:00 pm: “Beginning Flash and Micro Fiction” with John Brantingham


January 31, 2023

“Beginning Flash and Micro Fiction” with John Brantingham

Tuesdays, January 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2023

7:00-9:00 PM PT, on Zoom

Boot Camp cost is $100 for four weekly sessions.

To enroll: https://tinyurl.com/BrantinghamWrites

Get ready to launch your New Year with a new writing program from Inlandia! Esteemed poet, fiction writer, and teacher John Brantingham returns (online) to the Inland Empire for a series of writing boot camps you won’t want to miss. Choose one, two, three – or all four workshops and hone your craft like never before.

In the January boot camp, students will learn how flash and micro fiction differ from longer work. Students will gain the tools to write both stories and vignettes, and will workshop a number of their pieces. (Meets weekly on Zoom.)

February 1, 2023(2 events)

OPENS: Call for Entries: 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prizes

OPENS
February 1, 2023

Call for Entries: 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prizes

Submissions from February 1-April 30, 2023

National and Regional awardees each win book publication and a cash prize of $1,000. Enter using Submittable: https://tinyurl.com/InlandiaSubmit

Inlandia Institute is excited to announce the opening of the submission window for the 2023 Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry competition. Poetry book manuscripts will be accepted via Submittable from February 1 through April 30, 2023. One National and one Regional prizewinner will each be awarded $1,000 and a standard book contract.

The competition was created in memory of the late Inland Empire poet, Hillary Gravendyk, who passed away in 2014.

The Hillary Gravendyk Prize is an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. The manuscript page limit is 48-100 pages, and Inlandia Institute Press invites all styles and forms of poetry. Only electronic submissions will be accepted via Inlandia’s ‘Submittable’ portal. Multiple submissions are accepted, with a $20 reading fee required for each manuscript. The winners will be announced Fall 2023 for publication in 2024.

All entrants will be considered for the National Prize, and entrants who currently reside or work in Inland Southern California, the “Inland Empire,” will also be considered for the Regional Prize (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and any non-coastal Southern California area, from Death Valley in the northernmost region to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the southernmost).

Hillary Gravendyk (1979-2014) was a beloved poet living and teaching in Southern California’s Inland Empire region. She wrote the acclaimed poetry book, HARM from Omnidawn Publishing (2012) and the poetry collection The Naturalist (Anchiote Press, 2008). A native of Washington State, she was an admired Assistant Professor of English at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals. She was awarded a 2015 Pushcart Prize for her poem “Your Ghost,” which appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Hillary Gravendyk passed away on May 10, 2014 after a long illness. This contest has been established in her memory.

For additional details about the Hillary Gravendyk Prize, or to learn more about Inlandia Institute, please visit inlandiainstitute.org.

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

6:30 pm: Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson


February 1, 2023

(18 +, College Students, Graduates, Young Adults)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30, Zoom, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, and 3/15/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

This poetry workshop is aimed to support young writers in refining their poetry for publication through a feedback-based workshop setting. Community care and trusted feedback will be fostered in a welcoming environment. Each session will create a space in which participants can relate to each other’s unique experiences as young writers. The authenticity of the writers’ work will be emphasized in a free, non-competitive setting.

Cait Johnson is a poetry and nonfiction writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from CSULB. She credits much of her writing growth to leading and participating in writing workshops over the last 5 years. Workshops helped Cait build the confidence to share her work with the public. Cait's poetry has been published by Picture Show Press, Left Coast Review, and Literary Alchemy Press. She has also created two zines of original poetry and serves as a co-founder and editor of Art of Nothing, an annual zine that showcases up-and-coming young artists.

February 2, 2023(2 events)

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


February 2, 2023

(All Levels)

Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Weekly.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

6:30 pm: “The Gratitude Project: Readers & Writers Edition"


February 2, 2023

First Thursdays Arts Walk

“The Gratitude Project: Readers & Writers Edition”

with Janine Pourroy Gamblin, Cati Porter, Leila Kirkconnell, Robert Kirkconnell, and David Stone

 

Riverside Main Library

3900 Mission Inn Blvd

Riverside, CA 92501

Doors Open at 6:00 PM

6:30-8:00 PM

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Is gratitude part of what it takes to build a writer’s life? We think so.

In reading and writing, as in life, we don’t often take the time to tell people how much they – and their work – mean to us. Join Inlandia and a gathering of IE writers to learn how to weave together a literary life, and discover ways readers and writers can express gratitude for one another while doing so.

February 3, 2023
February 4, 2023
February 5, 2023(3 events)

1:00 pm: “Creative Approaches to Drawing the Selfie-Portrait” with Richard Allen May III


February 5, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

First Sundays at RAM

“Creative Approaches to Drawing the Selfie-Portrait” with Richard Allen May III

In person at Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Blvd

Riverside, CA 92501

1:00-4:00 PM

The workshop is free and open to the public; $10 materials fee, payable at the door.

Registration required. https://tinyurl.com/SelfiePortaitRAM

Join Inlandia at Riverside Art Museum for a First Sundays session of poetry and art! In Creative Approaches to Drawing the Selfie-Portrait, artist, writer and educator Richard Allen May III will guide participants through a simple technique for writing a name poem – while teaching them how to draw their own “selfie-portrait.”

The workshop is free and open to the public; $10 materials fee, payable at the door.

Registration required. https://tinyurl.com/SelfiePortaitRAM

1:00 pm: Conversations at the Culver: Black Dads Who Write – A Conversation on Fatherhood and Poetry


February 5, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Blacklandia Presents Conversations at the Culver: Black Dads Who Write – A Conversation on Fatherhood and Poetry

Moderated by James Coats with panelists Eric DeVaughnn, George Hammons, and Brandon Allen

Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

3834 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92501

1:30-3:00 PM

Doors open at 1:00 PM

This February, “Conversations at the Culver” offers a one-of-a-kind discussion on poetry and fatherhood – with four Black dads who also happen to be poets. Moderated by James Coats, the panel will investigate the ways fatherhood has shaped their writing in the past, and continues to show up in their poetry today. They will also look at the importance of being present, active, and inspirational in their roles as fathers. Plus, we'll receive the opportunity to hear some poetry from the panelists.

There will be a preshow dance performance by the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UCR.

2:00 pm: “Crumple Art Puppeteering” with Puppets a la Carte


February 5, 2023

Sunday, February 5, 2023

First Sundays at RAM

with Nicole Cloeren and Puppets a la Carte

“Crumple Art Puppeteering”

Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Blvd

Riverside, CA 92501

2:00-3:00 PM

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Attention parents and kids who love puppets – and families that want to try something new! Join puppeteer Nicole Cloeren and Puppets a la Carte for an afternoon of creative adventure with Inlandia at Riverside Art Museum’s First Sunday event. Learn about crumple art puppeteering as you turn paper into puppets – and discover how to turn well-known stories into a puppet show. No experience needed. All ages welcome!

February 6, 2023(2 events)

1:00 pm: Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge


February 6, 2023

(Seniors, all levels)

Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside,

1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/17/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

Writers are encouraged to respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition: key relationships, physical places, historic events, personal hardships/recovery, love and loss, and personal achievement and development. It is these ties that bind us all in different stages of our lives. Each of us brings a unique perspective to every story. Maybe it's time to write yours. Space is limited.

Rose Y. Monge has facilitated memoir classes at the Goeske Center since 2009. She encourages everyone to leave a written legacy for future generations. As an immigrant from Mexico, her memoir honors her parents’ legacy of life lessons. Her activism since retirement has been advocating for social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

6:00 pm: Writing for Children with José Chávez


February 6, 2023

(All Levels)

Alternating Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM, Zoom, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, and 3/6/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

February 7, 2023(3 events)

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


February 7, 2023

(All Levels)

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Zoom, Weekly. Meetings resume January 10.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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: All Genres Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo


February 7, 2023

(All Levels)

Alternating Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM, Zoom, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, and 3/21/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this multi-genre workshop, participants receive bi-weekly inspiration in the form of both poetry and prose. Prompts inspire writing in the genre of your choice. Class discussions include the craft of writing and the challenges writers face in generating poetry, memoir, and short and long fiction.

Allyson Jeffredo is a poet, writer, and educator from the Coachella Valley. Learn more about her and her work at www.allysonjeffredo.com.

7:00 pm: “Writing the Novella-in-Flash” with John Brantingham


February 7, 2023

John Brantingham Boot Camp

“Writing the Novella-in-Flash”

Tuesdays, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, and 2/28/23

7:00-9:00 PM PT, on Zoom

$100, four weekly meetings

Register today at https://tinyurl.com/BrantinghamWrites.

February is right around the corner! Time to register for our second boot camp in a series of four with esteemed poet, fiction writer, and teacher John Brantingham. John returns (online) to the Inland Empire for a series of writing boot camps you won’t want to miss. New boot camps will be offered in March and April.

In “Writing the Novella-in-Flash,” participants will develop the skills to write flash and micro fiction pieces that can stand alone, but also form a unified work when collected. A number of techniques in storytelling will be explored and students will be able to workshop their pieces. (Meets weekly.)

February 8, 2023(1 event)

6:30 pm: All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle


February 8, 2023

(Int.-Adv.)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, and 3/8/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this multi-genre workshop, participants submit poetry and prose for biweekly critiques and receive feedback from other group members. Discussions include the craft of writing and the challenges writers face. The workshop leader provides biweekly articles and links related to participants’ work, particularly to problems that were discussed in the previous session.

Victoria is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, with fiction and nonfiction published in literary journals and anthologies, including in Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. A collection of her short fiction, Acts of Contrition, was published by Los Nietos Press. Her chapbook The Mortality of Dogs and Humans is upcoming from Bamboo Dart Press in February 2023. Previously the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, she helped to establish a yearly teen issue. In a previous life, she was a high school English teacher and librarian.

February 9, 2023(2 events)

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


February 9, 2023

(All Levels)

Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Weekly.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

6:30 pm: Nonfiction: Opening the Research Doorway, Part 4 with Jo Scott-Coe


February 9, 2023

(Int.-Adv.)

Alternating Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, and 3/23/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

Explore how variations of structure can open new possibilities in your nonfiction storytelling.

Jo Scott-Coe’s essays and stories have been published widely, for literary as well as academic audiences. Her third book, Unheard Witness: The Life and Death of Kathy Leissner Whitman, is forthcoming in Fall 2023 from the University of Texas Press.

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

10:00 am: Show Us! Don’t Tell Us! with Renee Gurley


February 11, 2023

(All Levels)

Alternating Saturdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Zoom, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, and 3/11/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

These five sessions will revolve around moving one’s writing from telling to showing.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned writer, the chances are good that you’ve come up against this feedback and grumbled under your breath trying to figure out how, exactly, to show more than tell. In this workshop, writers will get down and dirty with ways to show and how to identify in their drafts where they are telling and how to enjoy transforming that telling into showing.

Gurley, MA, MFA, is a writer and English teacherwith over 20 years of experience with words, whose works have appeared in Coping Magazine, Lehigh Valley Woman’ s Journal, and Budget Press.

February 12, 2023
February 13, 2023(2 events)

1:00 pm: Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge


February 13, 2023

(Seniors, all levels)

Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside,

1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/17/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

Writers are encouraged to respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition: key relationships, physical places, historic events, personal hardships/recovery, love and loss, and personal achievement and development. It is these ties that bind us all in different stages of our lives. Each of us brings a unique perspective to every story. Maybe it's time to write yours. Space is limited.

Rose Y. Monge has facilitated memoir classes at the Goeske Center since 2009. She encourages everyone to leave a written legacy for future generations. As an immigrant from Mexico, her memoir honors her parents’ legacy of life lessons. Her activism since retirement has been advocating for social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

6:30 pm: Make them Swoon: Writing Romance Readers Will Love with James Coats


February 13, 2023

(All Levels, +18)

Alternating Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, and 3/27/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this poetry and prose generative writing workshop, participants will be prompted to create delicious text the audience can’t put down. Participants will explore – and be inspired – by the work of romance writers past and present as we examine craft, ways to avoid cliché pitfalls, and how to develop text that is both unique and thrilling.

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.

February 14, 2023(2 events)

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


February 14, 2023

(All Levels)

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Zoom, Weekly. Meetings resume January 10.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

7:00 pm: “Writing the Novella-in-Flash” with John Brantingham


February 14, 2023

John Brantingham Boot Camp

“Writing the Novella-in-Flash”

Tuesdays, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, and 2/28/23

7:00-9:00 PM PT, on Zoom

$100, four weekly meetings

Register today at https://tinyurl.com/BrantinghamWrites.

February is right around the corner! Time to register for our second boot camp in a series of four with esteemed poet, fiction writer, and teacher John Brantingham. John returns (online) to the Inland Empire for a series of writing boot camps you won’t want to miss. New boot camps will be offered in March and April.

In “Writing the Novella-in-Flash,” participants will develop the skills to write flash and micro fiction pieces that can stand alone, but also form a unified work when collected. A number of techniques in storytelling will be explored and students will be able to workshop their pieces. (Meets weekly.)

February 15, 2023(1 event)

6:30 pm: Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson


February 15, 2023

(18 +, College Students, Graduates, Young Adults)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30, Zoom, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, and 3/15/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

This poetry workshop is aimed to support young writers in refining their poetry for publication through a feedback-based workshop setting. Community care and trusted feedback will be fostered in a welcoming environment. Each session will create a space in which participants can relate to each other’s unique experiences as young writers. The authenticity of the writers’ work will be emphasized in a free, non-competitive setting.

Cait Johnson is a poetry and nonfiction writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from CSULB. She credits much of her writing growth to leading and participating in writing workshops over the last 5 years. Workshops helped Cait build the confidence to share her work with the public. Cait's poetry has been published by Picture Show Press, Left Coast Review, and Literary Alchemy Press. She has also created two zines of original poetry and serves as a co-founder and editor of Art of Nothing, an annual zine that showcases up-and-coming young artists.

February 16, 2023(1 event)

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


February 16, 2023

(All Levels)

Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Weekly.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

February 17, 2023
February 18, 2023
February 19, 2023
February 20, 2023(1 event)

6:00 pm: Writing for Children with José Chávez


February 20, 2023

(All Levels)

Alternating Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM, Zoom, 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, and 3/6/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

February 21, 2023(3 events)

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


February 21, 2023

(All Levels)

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Zoom, Weekly. Meetings resume January 10.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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: All Genres Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo


February 21, 2023

(All Levels)

Alternating Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM, Zoom, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, and 3/21/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this multi-genre workshop, participants receive bi-weekly inspiration in the form of both poetry and prose. Prompts inspire writing in the genre of your choice. Class discussions include the craft of writing and the challenges writers face in generating poetry, memoir, and short and long fiction.

Allyson Jeffredo is a poet, writer, and educator from the Coachella Valley. Learn more about her and her work at www.allysonjeffredo.com.

7:00 pm: “Writing the Novella-in-Flash” with John Brantingham


February 21, 2023

John Brantingham Boot Camp

“Writing the Novella-in-Flash”

Tuesdays, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, and 2/28/23

7:00-9:00 PM PT, on Zoom

$100, four weekly meetings

Register today at https://tinyurl.com/BrantinghamWrites.

February is right around the corner! Time to register for our second boot camp in a series of four with esteemed poet, fiction writer, and teacher John Brantingham. John returns (online) to the Inland Empire for a series of writing boot camps you won’t want to miss. New boot camps will be offered in March and April.

In “Writing the Novella-in-Flash,” participants will develop the skills to write flash and micro fiction pieces that can stand alone, but also form a unified work when collected. A number of techniques in storytelling will be explored and students will be able to workshop their pieces. (Meets weekly.)

February 22, 2023(1 event)

6:30 pm: All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle


February 22, 2023

(Int.-Adv.)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, and 3/8/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this multi-genre workshop, participants submit poetry and prose for biweekly critiques and receive feedback from other group members. Discussions include the craft of writing and the challenges writers face. The workshop leader provides biweekly articles and links related to participants’ work, particularly to problems that were discussed in the previous session.

Victoria is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer, with fiction and nonfiction published in literary journals and anthologies, including in Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. A collection of her short fiction, Acts of Contrition, was published by Los Nietos Press. Her chapbook The Mortality of Dogs and Humans is upcoming from Bamboo Dart Press in February 2023. Previously the managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey, she helped to establish a yearly teen issue. In a previous life, she was a high school English teacher and librarian.

February 23, 2023(2 events)

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


February 23, 2023

(All Levels)

Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Weekly.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

6:30 pm: Nonfiction: Opening the Research Doorway, Part 4 with Jo Scott-Coe


February 23, 2023

(Int.-Adv.)

Alternating Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, and 3/23/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

Explore how variations of structure can open new possibilities in your nonfiction storytelling.

Jo Scott-Coe’s essays and stories have been published widely, for literary as well as academic audiences. Her third book, Unheard Witness: The Life and Death of Kathy Leissner Whitman, is forthcoming in Fall 2023 from the University of Texas Press.

February 24, 2023
February 25, 2023(1 event)

10:00 am: Show Us! Don’t Tell Us! with Renee Gurley


February 25, 2023

(All Levels)

Alternating Saturdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Zoom, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, and 3/11/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

These five sessions will revolve around moving one’s writing from telling to showing.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned writer, the chances are good that you’ve come up against this feedback and grumbled under your breath trying to figure out how, exactly, to show more than tell. In this workshop, writers will get down and dirty with ways to show and how to identify in their drafts where they are telling and how to enjoy transforming that telling into showing.

Gurley, MA, MFA, is a writer and English teacherwith over 20 years of experience with words, whose works have appeared in Coping Magazine, Lehigh Valley Woman’ s Journal, and Budget Press.

February 26, 2023
February 27, 2023(2 events)

1:00 pm: Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge


February 27, 2023

(Seniors, all levels)

Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside,

1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/17/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

Writers are encouraged to respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition: key relationships, physical places, historic events, personal hardships/recovery, love and loss, and personal achievement and development. It is these ties that bind us all in different stages of our lives. Each of us brings a unique perspective to every story. Maybe it's time to write yours. Space is limited.

Rose Y. Monge has facilitated memoir classes at the Goeske Center since 2009. She encourages everyone to leave a written legacy for future generations. As an immigrant from Mexico, her memoir honors her parents’ legacy of life lessons. Her activism since retirement has been advocating for social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

6:30 pm: Make them Swoon: Writing Romance Readers Will Love with James Coats


February 27, 2023

(All Levels, +18)

Alternating Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, and 3/27/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this poetry and prose generative writing workshop, participants will be prompted to create delicious text the audience can’t put down. Participants will explore – and be inspired – by the work of romance writers past and present as we examine craft, ways to avoid cliché pitfalls, and how to develop text that is both unique and thrilling.

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.

February 28, 2023(2 events)

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


February 28, 2023

(All Levels)

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Zoom, Weekly. Meetings resume January 10.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

7:00 pm: “Writing the Novella-in-Flash” with John Brantingham


February 28, 2023

John Brantingham Boot Camp

“Writing the Novella-in-Flash”

Tuesdays, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, and 2/28/23

7:00-9:00 PM PT, on Zoom

$100, four weekly meetings

Register today at https://tinyurl.com/BrantinghamWrites.

February is right around the corner! Time to register for our second boot camp in a series of four with esteemed poet, fiction writer, and teacher John Brantingham. John returns (online) to the Inland Empire for a series of writing boot camps you won’t want to miss. New boot camps will be offered in March and April.

In “Writing the Novella-in-Flash,” participants will develop the skills to write flash and micro fiction pieces that can stand alone, but also form a unified work when collected. A number of techniques in storytelling will be explored and students will be able to workshop their pieces. (Meets weekly.)

March 1, 2023(1 event)

6:30 pm: Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson


March 1, 2023

(18 +, College Students, Graduates, Young Adults)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30, Zoom, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, and 3/15/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

This poetry workshop is aimed to support young writers in refining their poetry for publication through a feedback-based workshop setting. Community care and trusted feedback will be fostered in a welcoming environment. Each session will create a space in which participants can relate to each other’s unique experiences as young writers. The authenticity of the writers’ work will be emphasized in a free, non-competitive setting.

Cait Johnson is a poetry and nonfiction writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from CSULB. She credits much of her writing growth to leading and participating in writing workshops over the last 5 years. Workshops helped Cait build the confidence to share her work with the public. Cait's poetry has been published by Picture Show Press, Left Coast Review, and Literary Alchemy Press. She has also created two zines of original poetry and serves as a co-founder and editor of Art of Nothing, an annual zine that showcases up-and-coming young artists.

March 2, 2023(1 event)

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


March 2, 2023

(All Levels)

Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Weekly.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

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.

March 3, 2023
March 4, 2023