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September 1, 2023(1 event)

Online Literary Journal Call for Submissions - OPENS

September 1, 2023

Opens Friday, September 1, 2023

Closes Saturday, September 30, 2023

Online Literary Journal Call for Submissions 

For guidelines and to submit visit:

https://tinyurl.com/InlandiaSubmit

Are you exploring the publishing process and looking to get started? Do you have a short or long piece of writing you’d like to launch onto the Interwebs? Maybe you’re a 2D or 3D artist with drawings, paintings, comics, sculptures, or pieces of fiber art you’d like people to see ...

Whatever your literary or artistic bent, Inlandia Institute will be accepting submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry during the month of September for the Fall 2023 issue of our online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. To learn more about the journal's offerings — and get a taste of the rich variety of content — please visit: https://inlandiajournal.net/fall-2022-vol-13-contents/. And while you’re there, enjoy the gorgeous original artwork.

Get ready to join the fun! You still have time! Share your creative expressions with the world! Submissions open Friday, September 1, 2023, and close Saturday, September 30, 2023, at midnight Pacific Time.

September 2, 2023
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September 6, 2023(1 event)

6:00 pm: All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle


September 6, 2023

All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

(Int.-Adv.)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM PT, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, and 11/1/23, Zoom

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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, 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.

September 7, 2023(2 events)

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


September 7, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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 Banned Books Tour”


September 7, 2023

Thursday, September 7, 2023

7:00-8:00 PM

Doors open at 6:30

First Thursdays Arts Walk: “The Banned Books Tour”

Riverside Public Library

3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside 92501

and

Civil Rights Institute of Southern California

3933 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside 92501

Book banning might seem like the stuff of earlier times and foreign places – the very term evokes a pile of flaming literature from wartime Germany or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – yet the resurgence of book banning in the 2020s is a real-time, real-life concern. School boards and other political entities have caused certain books to be prohibited or restricted on a variety of grounds, including the personal discomfort of a single individual. According to PBS News, “book ban attempts soared in 2022.”

Please join Inlandia – in partnership with Riverside Public Library, the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California, and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties – at Riverside Main Library at 7:00 PM on September 7 for a discussion on the resurgence of book banning in the 2020s. The evening will include readings of favorite banned books by community members interlaced with conversation, a call to action, and a tour of the Civil Rights Institute, located directly across the street from the library.

The library will provide an array of banned and challenged books available for check out. Don’t have a library card? You can get one on the spot!

The Civil Rights Institute will also host a Downtowne Book Store pop-up bookstore where you may purchase books for yourself and/or for donation to the new Project Legacy campus in Riverside, which serves area homeless people in vulnerable populations, including LGBTQ+, youths, older residents, veterans, and those with chronic health conditions or disabilities.

Curious about what books have been banned, censored, or challenged? A partial list includes To Kill a Mockingbird1984The Diary of a Young GirlThe Handmaid’s TaleGrapes of Wrath, books from the Harry Potter series, and The Bluest Eye. There are many, many more.

For a more comprehensive list, please visit https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1360.Best_Banned_Censored_and_Challenged_Books

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite banned or challenged books. Which ones changed your life? What stories have stuck with you and shifted your perspective or understanding of the world? Please send us the titles that you love, and, if possible, a short quotation from each. We will share community input in a slideshow during Arts Walk. You can send your favorite books and quotes to: programs@inlandiainstitute.org.

Free and open to the public. Please join us.

September 8, 2023
September 9, 2023(2 events)

10:00 am: How to Get Started Writing When You Don’t Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley


September 9, 2023

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

(Beginners Only)

Alternating Saturdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PT, 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, and 11/4/23, Zoom

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

Do you want to start writing, but don't know how to get started? In this course, Renee Gurley shows you how to get your thoughts down on paper -- and then grow from there. Learn the basics of:

Creating Structure

Language Use

Point of View
Journaling, memoir, stories, and more

“How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start” gives you concrete tools to help you become the writer you’ve always wanted to be. It's a fun and exciting class for all aspiring writers!

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.

 

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


September 9, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Inlandia4Teens

 

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.

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

6:00 pm: Writing for Children with José Chávez


September 11, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 12, 2023(3 events)

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


September 12, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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


September 12, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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


September 12, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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: https://www.romainewashington.com/. The proud mother of two sons, Romaine Washington is a native Californian from San Bernardino who currently resides in the Inland Empire.

September 13, 2023(1 event)

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


September 13, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 14, 2023(1 event)

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


September 14, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 15, 2023
September 16, 2023(1 event)

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


September 16, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Inlandia4Teens

 

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.

September 17, 2023
September 18, 2023
September 19, 2023(1 event)

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


September 19, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 20, 2023(1 event)

6:00 pm: All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle


September 20, 2023

All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

(Int.-Adv.)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM PT, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, and 11/1/23, Zoom

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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, 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.

September 21, 2023(1 event)

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


September 21, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 22, 2023
September 23, 2023(3 events)

10:00 am: How to Get Started Writing When You Don’t Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley


September 23, 2023

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

(Beginners Only)

Alternating Saturdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PT, 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, and 11/4/23, Zoom

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

Do you want to start writing, but don't know how to get started? In this course, Renee Gurley shows you how to get your thoughts down on paper -- and then grow from there. Learn the basics of:

Creating Structure

Language Use

Point of View
Journaling, memoir, stories, and more

“How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start” gives you concrete tools to help you become the writer you’ve always wanted to be. It's a fun and exciting class for all aspiring writers!

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.

 

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


September 23, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Inlandia4Teens

 

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.

1:00 pm: Inlandia: A Literary Journey LIBRARY Issue Launch


September 23, 2023

Saturday, September 23, 2023

1:00–3:00 PM (PDT) on ZOOM

Inlandia: A Literary Journey

Launch: Librarians & Libraries Themed Issue

Free and open to the public, but registration is required: https://tinyurl.com/ILJ-Library

Please join Inlandia Institute on Saturday, September 23, from 1-3:00 PM PST, for our brand new library-themed issue of Inlandia: A Literary Journey. Contributors will be sharing art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from librarians – past and present – on any topic about librarians/libraries (from non-librarians) for this themed issue.

 

September 24, 2023(1 event)

2:00 pm: Author/Illustrator Evan Turk at RAM!


September 24, 2023

On Sunday, September 24, please join Inlandia Institute and Riverside Art Museum as we celebrate the launch of local author Evan Turk’s latest book for children, To See Clearly:  A Portrait of David Hockney. The author-illustrator of a dozen books for kids, Evan Turk will inspire you with his visual and storytelling talents. Enjoy an illustration demo and reading – and stay for the book signing and conversation. Books will be available for purchase.

This free, family-friendly event starts at 2:00 PM at Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside. Refreshments will be served.

More about TO SEE CLEARLY: A PORTRAIT OF DAVID HOCKNEY

(September 19, 2023, Abrams)

 From award-winning creator Evan Turk, a stirring biography of world-famous artist David Hockney that celebrates seeing beauty everywhere “It’s the very process of looking at something that makes it beautiful.” —David Hockney

 Growing up under the gray skies of England during World War II, David Hockney used art to brighten his world. He discovered that the more he looked and drew, the more he could see beyond the surface to find beauty, possibility, and new perspectives. In the most ordinary things, whether a splash of water, a changing landscape, or the face of a friend, David always found something to love, uniquely capturing the vibrancy and life of his subjects.

Lyrically written and breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning creator Evan Turk, To See Clearly tells the inspiring story of a groundbreaking artist who has shown the world a new way to see.

September 25, 2023(1 event)

6:00 pm: Writing for Children with José Chávez


September 25, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 26, 2023(3 events)

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


September 26, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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


September 26, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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


September 26, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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: https://www.romainewashington.com/. The proud mother of two sons, Romaine Washington is a native Californian from San Bernardino who currently resides in the Inland Empire.

September 27, 2023(1 event)

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


September 27, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 28, 2023(1 event)

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


September 28, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2023CWW

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.

September 29, 2023
September 30, 2023(2 events)

Online Literary Journal Call for Submissions -- LAST DAY!

September 30, 2023

Opens Friday, September 1, 2023

Closes Saturday, September 30, 2023

Online Literary Journal Call for Submissions 

For guidelines and to submit visit:

https://tinyurl.com/InlandiaSubmit

 

Are you exploring the publishing process and looking to get started? Do you have a short or long piece of writing you’d like to launch onto the Interwebs? Maybe you’re a 2D or 3D artist with drawings, paintings, comics, sculptures, or pieces of fiber art you’d like people to see ...

 

Whatever your literary or artistic bent, Inlandia Institute will be accepting submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry during the month of September for the Fall 2023 issue of our online literary journal, Inlandia: A Literary Journey. To learn more about the journal's offerings — and get a taste of the rich variety of content — please visit: https://inlandiajournal.net/fall-2022-vol-13-contents/. And while you’re there, enjoy the gorgeous original artwork.

 

Get ready to join the fun! You still have time! Share your creative expressions with the world! Submissions open Friday, September 1, 2023, and close Saturday, September 30, 2023, at midnight Pacific Time.

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


September 30, 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: https://tinyurl.com/Inlandia4Teens

 

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.