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October 31, 2021
November 1, 2021(1 event)

1:00 pm: Creative Writing Workshop for Seniors with Rose Y. Monge (Goeske Center) - FULL

November 1, 2021

Enrollment is FULL for this workshop. Regretfully, no more registrations will be accepted at this time.

Rose Y. Monge facilitates this memoir writing workshop for seniors – alternating Mondays 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/22, 11/29, and 12/6/21 – from 1:00-3:00 PM IN PERSON in the Janet Goeske Center Art Room, 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside.

November 2, 2021(1 event)

6:00 pm: Creative Writing Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo (San Bernardino)

November 2, 2021

This Beginning ALL GENRES workshop with Allyson Jeffredo is based in San Bernardino but will take place on Zoom. Workshop sessions are scheduled for alternating Tuesdays – 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, and 11/30/21 – from 6:00-8:00 PM.

To register:

November 3, 2021(2 events)

2:00 pm: Food Writing Workshop with Alaina Bixon

November 3, 2021

Join Alaina Bixon for an 8-week food writing workshop!

On Zoom, register here:

Alaina studied food writing with NYTimes writer Jeannette Ferrary and wrote about wine while working as regional director for Wines West in San Francisco. Her inspiration for many articles came from her friendship with Maggie Waldron, who operated the Ketcham Test Kitchen in San Francisco.

For several years, Alaina has led creative writing and memoir writing workshops for Inlandia Institute. She has spoken on food and wine pairing, food irradiation, and her adventures in the wine business.

The previous Inlandia food writing series took place online from October-November 2021, and participants included a restaurant owner, home chefs and enthusiastic writers of all levels, from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire and even the San Francisco Bay area. The response was so encouraging, and the writing so fascinating, that Inlandia and Alaina are pleased to present another series of food writing workshops – stories told through the lens of food and drink.

Each 90-minute workshop will include 2 writing prompts, with time to create a food-related story for both prompts.

Some topics we will address are food history, sustainability, nutrition and health, family stories, cookbooks, food and travel, culinary memoirs, and the politics of food.

Resources: Reading lists, podcasts, magazines, web sites, blogs, YouTube. We will discuss how to submit articles for publication.

6:30 pm: Creative Writing Workshop with Victoria Waddle (Ontario)

November 3, 2021

This Intermediate/Advanced ALL GENRES workshop with Victoria Waddle is based in Ontario but will take place on Zoom. Workshop sessions are scheduled for alternating Wednesdays – 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, and 11/17/21 – from 6:30-8:30 PM.

To register:

November 4, 2021(1 event)

7:00 pm: Native American Heritage Month Event: A Conversation with Gordon Lee Johnson and Terria Smith

November 4, 2021

Free and in person. Masks required.

3900 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501, Community Room (ground level)

“The only fight he’d ever won was the grappling match against a stubborn package of Hostess Twinkies, and that was hard fought.” — Gordon Johnson, “Plato Plus Alexis,” from Bird Songs Don’t Lie

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, join Inlandia Institute for a conversation with author and newspaperman Gordon Lee Johnson and editor/author Terria Smith. This event is part of Inlandia at Riverside Public Library’s First Thursdays Arts Walk events series.

Rich in culture, history, and heritage, Johnson and Smith will discuss their own paths to writing, what they’re working on now, their work together as author and editor, and more.

“Johnson is certainly an ultimate tour guide through Inland Native California …,” writes Ruth Nolan. “[He] leads readers through his many stories in ways that share cultural values and practices along with glimpses of the heartbreak and outrage that have resulted from centuries of forced assimilations from the non-Native world.”

Terria Smith is the Berkeley Roundhouse Director for Heyday Books, which includes editing News From Native California magazine – a quarterly publication “devoted to the vibrant cultures, arts, languages, histories, social justice movements, and stories of California’s diverse Indian peoples” and serving as the Director of California Indian Publishing.

Books will be available for sale at the event. To preorder, please visit:

November 5, 2021(1 event)

1:00 pm: Tesoros de Cuentos Bilingual/Bicultural Stories and Poems (Casa Blanca)

November 5, 2021

Bilingual Writing Workshop with Frances J. Vasquez – Casa Blanca – Beginning – All Genres – alternating Fridays, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, and 12/3/21 – from 1:00-2:30 PM IN PERSON at Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library, 2985 Madison Avenue, Riverside.

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November 6, 2021(2 events)

10:00 am: Creative Writing Workshop with Andrea Fingerson (Corona)

November 6, 2021

This Beginning/Intermediate ALL GENRES workshop with Andrea Fingerson is based in Corona but will take place on Zoom. Workshop sessions are scheduled for alternating Saturdays – 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, and 11/6/21 – from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

To register:

4:00 pm: How to Write About Black Art with Richard Allen May III – Part 2

November 6, 2021

Inlandia’s Blacklandia Event Series Presents

How to Write About Black Art with Richard Allen May III – Part 2

On Zoom. Free and open to the public, but registration is required

To register:

Back by popular demand, Writing about Black Art with Richard Allen May III returns this November with both new and continued explorations of Black art. If you’re curious about Black art and interested in learning more about it – and would like to discover new tools for experiencing and writing about art – then please join Inlandia Institute’s Blacklandia events series for this in-depth virtual workshop, “How to Write About Black Art, Part 2” with Richard Allen May III. Classes run for three consecutive Saturdays – November 6, 13, and 20, 2021 – from 4:00-6:00 PM, and are free and open to the public.

This second series of workshops on How to Write About Black Art concentrates on making Black art accessible to readers through the methodology of Formalism where the emphasis is analyzing the elements of form (structure) in a work of art such as line, composition, light, color, shape, balance, and texture. The outcome of this three-week workshop is that through peer discussion and peer reviews, participants will produce a minimum of two edited and revised essays on Black art that reflect proficiency in using the language of art and design.

Free and open to the public. You are not required to have taken Part 1 of this workshop series to participate in Part 2. To register, please visit:

Artist and educator, Richard Allen May III comes with a wealth of knowledge about the AfriCOBRA Movement, having written the forward to AfriCOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought, published by Duke University, 2020. He is a staff writer at Artillery magazine and his work has been displayed in art galleries throughout the Inland Empire, as well as exhibits throughout the United States. May has taught courses in community colleges, universities, and prisons and will discuss his artwork in the context of community.

The Blacklandia events series was initiated in 2020 in response to the May 25, 2020 murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. As an organization centered around the power of words – and one that values speaking up, and speaking out – Inlandia made a renewed and public commitment to providing a space for people in the Black community to come together, and from that arose a Black-led Black voices steering committee, and a new series of events, Blacklandia.