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January 30, 2022
January 31, 2022(2 events)

Call for Entries: Eliud Martínez Prize Submission Window CLOSES

Call for Entries
January 31, 2022

The Eliud Martínez Prize submission window opens November 1, 2021 and runs through January 31, 2022! If you are a first book author in fiction or creative nonfiction who identifies as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to submit your work for consideration.

For submission guidelines and eligibility, please visit:

The Eliud Martínez Prize was established to honor the memory of Eliud Martínez (1935-2020), artist, novelist, and professor emeritus of creative writing at University of California, Riverside. One prize of $1000 and book publication through Inlandia Books will be awarded for a first book in fiction or creative nonfiction by a Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x writer.

Inlandia is proud to announce that esteemed author Alex Espinoza (Still Water Saints, The Five Acts of Diego León, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime) will serve as judge for the 2022 Eliud Martínez Prize.

1:00 pm: Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge (Janet Goeske Center, Riverside)

January 31, 2022

Rose Y. Monge facilitates this in person memoir writing workshop for seniors – on Mondays 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, and 4/18/22 – from 1:00-3:00 PM IN PERSON in the Janet Goeske Center Art Room, 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside.

Enrollment is limited. To register:

February 1, 2022(2 events)

11:30 am: Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke (Riverside)

February 1, 2022

Named in honor of beloved workshop leader CelenaDiana Bumpus, Celena's Scribes with workshop leader Wil Clarke meets weekly on Tuesdays from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM on Zoom. All genres. Participants are encouraged to write from a prompt and share their work, with friendly critiques offered by workshop members.

Enrollment is limited. To register:

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

February 1, 2022

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 – 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, and 3/29/22 – from 6:00-8:00 PM.

To register:

February 2, 2022(1 event)

6:00 pm: On Writing Home: Writers Talk about Place with Susan Straight and Douglas McCulloh

February 2, 2022

Riverside Public Library’s Humanity Series is back! Join Inlandia Institute in partnership with Riverside Public Library for a four-part spin around the Inland Empire with local writers Larry Burns, Nikia Chaney, Rebecca K. O’Connor, Teresa Rhyne, Susan Straight, Douglas McCulloh, Isabel Quintero, and Casandra Lopez.

This series is free and open to the public, but registration is required:

“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” ― Joan Didion

The scheduled speakers will offer insights, observations, and tools for writing about the location we call home – Inland Southern California.

January 5: Larry Burns and Nikia Chaney

January 19: Rebecca K. O’Connor and Teresa J. Rhyne

February 2: Susan Straight and Douglas McCulloh

February 16: Isabel Quintero and Casandra Lopez

Susan Straight was born in Riverside, California, where she still lives with her family. Her memoir, In the Country of Women (Catapult Books, 2020) was a national bestseller. It was a Best Book of the Year by NPR and CodeSwitch, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and a Finalist for the Clara Johnson Prize for Women’s Literature. Her new novel, Mecca, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in March 2022.

Douglas McCulloh is an artist, writer, and senior curator at the California Museum of Photography. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in more than 250 exhibitions including Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

February 3, 2022(1 event)

7:00 pm: Blacklandia Presents: The Language of Healing, the Poetry of Hope

February 3, 2022

For First Thursdays Arts Walk

Riverside Public Library and Inlandia Institute’s

Blacklandia Events Series Present

The Language of Healing, the Poetry of Hope

With Romaine Washington, James Coats, Lydia Theon Ware i, and George Hammons

Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7:00-8:00 PM PST

On Zoom

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

Join Inlandia Institute’s Blacklandia Events Series in partnership with Riverside Public Library on Thursday, February 3, from 7:00-8:00 PM for a very special First Thursdays Arts Walk event, “The Language of Healing, the Poetry of Hope.”

Moderated by local poet and educator Romaine Washington, a panel of writers – including James Coats, Lydia Theon Ware i, and George Hammons – will discuss their artistic journeys during this time of change, confusion, and deep challenge. Looking for inspiration? Seeking new ideas for the New Year? Then join us for an evening of fresh perspectives and connection as we consider where we are, as individuals and as a society – and what comes next. All are welcome.

The conversation will be interlaced with readings by the authors.

This online event is free and open to the public, but registration is required:

February 4, 2022
February 5, 2022(2 events)

10:00 am: Creative Writing Workshop with Renee Gurley (Corona)

February 5, 2022

This Beginning/Intermediate ALL GENRES workshop with Renee Gurley is based in Corona but will take place on Zoom. Workshop sessions are scheduled for alternating Saturdays – 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, and 3/5/22– from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.

To register:


4:00 pm: Blacklandia Presents: Writing About Black Art with Richard Allen May III

February 5, 2022

Saturdays, February 5, February 19, and February 26, 2022 (4:00-5:30 PM PST)

Inlandia’s Blacklandia Event Series Presents

Writing About Black Art with Richard Allen May III – Winter-Spring 2022

February’s Focus: Writing About Black Art Through a Biographical Lens

On Zoom; registration required:

 Workshops are free. All are welcome.

February’s three “Writing About Black Art” workshops (February 5, 19, and 26) will explore writing about Black art from a biographical perspective. Participants will examine how to unpack this art and make it accessible to readers by analyzing how the life of the artist informs the creative process.

Through class lectures, Zoom discussion groups, and homework exercises, participants will learn about selected African American artists from different perspectives and produce a 350-word essay concentrating on one work of art. Time will also be devoted to peer reviews of essay drafts in Zoom discussion groups. These workshops are designed to develop marketable skills as a freelance writer writing about Black art and artists.