Events

Events in November 2024

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Honoring Our Ancestors with James Coats
    Honoring Our Ancestors with James Coats

    Honoring Our Ancestors with James Coats

    November 2, 2024

    Honoring Our Ancestors with James Coats

    (All Levels)

    Alternating Mondays, 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, and 10/21, 6:30-8:30 PM PT, on Zoom, plus Saturday, 11/2, in person at White Park, Riverside.

    White Park time to be determined.

    $50. Registration required.

    Honoring Our Ancestors is a workshop designed to celebrate loved ones we have lost. We will be writing elegy and celebration of life pieces as well as learning performance skills. The workshop will culminate with a reading/performance at this year’s Day of the Dead event on Saturday, November 2 at White Park in Riverside.

    James Coats is a poet, performer, and educator born in Los Angeles and raised in the Inland Empire. You can take a poetry workshop with him through his organization Lift Our Voices Education, which hosts an award-winning workshop monthly called Be the Change. He is the author of four poetry collections. His most recent is Midnight & Mad Dreams.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL
    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL

    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL


    November 4, 2024

    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge

    (All levels)

    In person at the Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside, 1:00-3:00 PM.

    Class size is limited. Seniors only.

    *This workshop is full. No new registrations will be accepted at this time.

    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. These ties bind us all in different stages of our lives, and 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke, Micro Memoir with David Puma
    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke


    November 5, 2024

    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    (All Levels)

    Tuesdays, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19/24, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM PT, on Zoom.

    Registration required. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    Participants respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition and are encouraged to explore all genres of writing. Individual writing is shared with a friendly, supportive group who do their best to encourage each member’s success.

    Wil Clarke was born in Africa to missionary parents. He lived a total of 27 years in Africa. He is a career mathematician and is enjoying writing memoirs of his various experiences. His motto is, “You only live life once, so you may as well enjoy it the first time around and do all the good you

    Micro Memoir with David Puma

    Micro Memoir with David Puma


    November 5, 2024

    Micro Memoir with David Puma

    (All Levels)

    Alternating Tuesdays, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, and 11/5/24, 6:00-8:00 PM, in person at Riverside Main Library.

    $50. Registration required. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    In person at Riverside Main Library – Carnegie Room

    3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside 92501

    Micro memoirs are short standalone pieces that often explore a moment in time, rather than an expanded life chapter. They are drawn from personal experience. Micro memoirs combine truth-telling with narrative tension and are specific to the writer’s micro-memory. Join instructor David Puma for this in-person workshop at Riverside Main Library as participants unleash the power of micro memoir.

    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+.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle
    All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

    All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle


    November 6, 2024

    All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

    (Int.-Adv.)

    Alternating Wednesdays, 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, and 11/6/24, 6:00-9:00 PM PT, on Zoom.

    $50. Registration required. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    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 Waddle 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, is available from Los Nietos Press and her chapbook, The Mortality of Dogs and Humans, is available from Bamboo Dart Press. Her YA novel about a teen escaping a polygamist cult is coming from Inlandia Books. 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 *FULL, All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley
    How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley

    How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley


    November 9, 2024

    How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley

    (All levels)

    Alternating Saturdays, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, and 11/9/24, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PT, on Zoom.

    $50. Registration required.

    To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    Do you want to start writing, but don't know where to begin? Let Renee Gurley show you the way! Learn how to get your thoughts down on paper and expand them into clear ideas. Explore the basics of structure, language use, point of view, story, memoir, and more. “How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start” will give you concrete tools to help you become the writer you’ve always wanted to be. Beginning and aspiring writers welcome!

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

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Writing for Children with José Chávez
    Writing for Children with José Chávez

    Writing for Children with José Chávez


    November 11, 2024

    Writing for Children with José Chávez

    (All Levels)

    Alternating Mondays, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, and 11/11/24, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, on Zoom.

    $50. Registration required. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    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 who dedicates his life to writing. His poetry has been published in the Multilingual Educator Journal, Acentos Review, and the Inlandia anthology, and he is the author of two award-winning bilingual poetry books for children. José lives in Riverside, California, is married, and has three grown children.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington, Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
    The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington

    The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington


    November 12, 2024

    The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington

    (All Levels)

    Alternating Tuesdays, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/12/24, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, on Zoom.

    $50. Registration required.

    To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    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 editor of These Black Bodies Are... A Blacklandia Anthology and the author of Purgatory Has an Address and Sirens in Her Belly. She has been published in various anthologies and periodicals. Ms. Washington is a graduate 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. The proud mother of two sons, Romaine Washington is a native Californian from San Bernardino who resides in the Inland Empire.

    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke


    November 12, 2024

    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    (All Levels)

    Tuesdays, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19/24, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM PT, on Zoom.

    Registration required. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    Participants respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition and are encouraged to explore all genres of writing. Individual writing is shared with a friendly, supportive group who do their best to encourage each member’s success.

    Wil Clarke was born in Africa to missionary parents. He lived a total of 27 years in Africa. He is a career mathematician and is enjoying writing memoirs of his various experiences. His motto is, “You only live life once, so you may as well enjoy it the first time around and do all the good you

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Writing and Presenting Poetry in American Sign Language with Ryan Fingerle
    Writing and Presenting Poetry in American Sign Language with Ryan Fingerle

    Writing and Presenting Poetry in American Sign Language with Ryan Fingerle


    November 13, 2024

    Writing and Presenting Poetry in American Sign Language with Ryan Fingerle

    (All Levels)

    Alternating Wednesdays, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16, 10/30, and 11/13/24, 6:30-8:30 PM PT, on Zoom.

    ASL Poetry is a FREE community enrichment workshop open to all.

    Registration required. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    This introductory course is especially created for poetry lovers who want to learn how to write and present poetry in American Sign Language. It will also enhance your appreciation of poetry in both English and ASL! All are welcome – d/Deaf, HOH, and hearing – and an interpreter and closed captioning will be available. Gain confidence as a poet – and get the support and resources you need to write and present 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 teaches English at Riverside City College, and her passion is helping adult students and their families enjoy the merits of both ASL and the English language.

     

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL
    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL

    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL


    November 18, 2024

    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge

    (All levels)

    In person at the Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside, 1:00-3:00 PM.

    Class size is limited. Seniors only.

    *This workshop is full. No new registrations will be accepted at this time.

    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. These ties bind us all in different stages of our lives, and 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke


    November 19, 2024

    Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke

    (All Levels)

    Tuesdays, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, and 11/19/24, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM PT, on Zoom.

    Registration required. To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2024CWW

    Participants respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition and are encouraged to explore all genres of writing. Individual writing is shared with a friendly, supportive group who do their best to encourage each member’s success.

    Wil Clarke was born in Africa to missionary parents. He lived a total of 27 years in Africa. He is a career mathematician and is enjoying writing memoirs of his various experiences. His motto is, “You only live life once, so you may as well enjoy it the first time around and do all the good you

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL
    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL

    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge *FULL


    November 25, 2024

    Memoir Workshop for Seniors: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge

    (All levels)

    In person at the Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside, 1:00-3:00 PM.

    Class size is limited. Seniors only.

    *This workshop is full. No new registrations will be accepted at this time.

    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. These ties bind us all in different stages of our lives, and 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.

  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL, All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL
  • - All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello *FULL