Events

Events in February 2023

  • - Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson
    Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello
    All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

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

    Category: Affiliate Events “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

  • - Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge, Writing for Children with José Chávez
    Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

    Writing for Children with José Chávez

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke, All Genres Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo
    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

    All Genres Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle
    All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello, Nonfiction: Opening the Research Doorway, Part 4 with Jo Scott-Coe
    All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

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

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Show Us! Don’t Tell Us! with Renee Gurley
    Show Us! Don’t Tell Us! with Renee Gurley

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge, Make them Swoon: Writing Romance Readers Will Love with James Coats
    Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

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

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson
    Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello
    All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Writing for Children with José Chávez
    Writing for Children with José Chávez

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke, All Genres Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo
    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

    All Genres Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle
    All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello, Nonfiction: Opening the Research Doorway, Part 4 with Jo Scott-Coe
    All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

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

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Show Us! Don’t Tell Us! with Renee Gurley
    Show Us! Don’t Tell Us! with Renee Gurley

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge, Make them Swoon: Writing Romance Readers Will Love with James Coats
    Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

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

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.

  • - Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    Category: Creative Writing Workshops 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.