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August 5, 2021

Writing Workshop for Teens with Nia Campbell

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August 5, 2021

Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021 (3:30-5:00PM)

Inlandia Institute Presents

Writing Workshop for Teens with Nia Campbell

FREE and in person at the NEW Main Riverside Public Library, Innovation Center (upstairs)

3900 Mission Inn Ave

Riverside, CA 92501

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

 Designed for teens, this creative writing class will focus on expressive writing in many forms. Students will have the opportunity to explore several different types of poetry and prose styles – while discovering their writing voice and learning new ways to express themselves freely through fun-filled writing exercises. Strategies to avoid writer’s block and uncover ideas for writing will be studied. Most of all, teens are encouraged come ready to have fun and unleash their writing and creativity! This is a safe space for individuals to be unapologetically who they are.

This program made possible with funding by Inland Empire Community Foundation through Arts for IE, a joint project of Riverside Arts Council and Arts Connection.

Nia Sharron Campbell is a performance poet and honors English major at Riverside City College. When she was 15 years old, she attended her first Inlandia class. Miss Campbell was awarded a bronze medal for representing the NAACP’s Riverside Branch in a national competition. Grateful for Inlandia mentors Celena Diana Bumpus, Matthew Nadelson, and Nikia Chaney, Miss Campbell writes poetry, plays, short stories, books, and screenplays. In addition to this, she uses her talent for written expression to bring awareness to important issues such as mental health, race, sexual orientation, and humanity. She is currently working on the first novel in her book series, and her goal is to pursue a career writing fantasy, sci-fi, and action books.

Around the World with Karen & Nicole “Precious Friend”

Around the World with Karen & Nicole “Precious Friend”


August 5, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021 (7:00 PM)

First Thursdays Arts Walk

with Inlandia Institute and Riverside Public Library

Around the World with Karen & Nicole “Precious Friend”

FREE and in person in the new Main Library Community Room (street level, on Mission Inn Ave.)

3900 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501

In celebration of the Friends of the Riverside Library and National Friendship Day August 1, storyteller Karen Rae Kraut and puppeteer Nicole Cloeren will present “Precious Friend” stories, poems, puppets, and a song or two about friendship. Is it true that with a friend joys are doubled and sorrows cut in half?  What do you think?

Karen Rae Kraut has been blending story, song, and creative movement in schools, libraries, museums, and theaters from California to East Tennessee since 1990. She has toured for the Smithsonian, and was commissioned by the McCallum Theatre to create a storyteller’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Karen’s CD, Cooler Water Cora and Other Stories, is the winner of an iParenting Media Award for Audio Excellence and a National Parenting Publications Honors Award.

Nicole Cloeren is the founder of Puppets a la Carte, where she uses puppets and techniques of improvisation to create a space of surprise and wonder in which we can all learn from one another. She is a resident artist at Riverside Studios, has performed with puppets at numerous indoor, outdoor, and online events around Southern California, and loves partnering with other artists.