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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:


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.

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