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April 23, 2023
April 24, 2023(1 event)

6:00 pm: Writing for Children with José Chávez

April 24, 2023

Writing for Children with José Chávez

(All Levels)
Alternating Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, Zoom, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, and 6/5/23

Free and open to the public, but registration may be limited.

To register:
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.

April 25, 2023(2 events)

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

April 25, 2023

Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
(All Levels)
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM PT, Zoom, Weekly. Workshops resume Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

This workshop is free, but registration is required:

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.

7:00 pm: Thirty Days Until Done for National Poetry Month

April 25, 2023

Tuesdays, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25/23

7:00-9:00 PM PT, on Zoom

$100, four weekly meetings

To enroll:

Thirty Days Until Done for National Poetry Month

Calling all poets! This is one boot camp you won’t want to miss. Following the method created in John Brantingham’s website, students will write a poem a day for the month of April. At the end of that month, they will have thirty individual poems that together will form a unified chapbook collection. The classes will generate new work, workshop existing poems, and develop new techniques and skills. (Meets weekly.)

John Brantingham was Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ first poet laureate. His work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, Writers Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016 and 2022. He has nineteen books of poetry and fiction including Life: Orange to Pear (Bamboo Dart Press). He is the founder and general editor of The Journal of Radical Wonder. He lives in Jamestown, NY.

April 26, 2023(2 events)

2:00 pm: No One Else Can Write Your Memoir! with Alaina Bixon

April 26, 2023

No One Else Can Write Your Memoir! with Alaina Bixon
(All Levels)
Meets Weekly on Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 PM PT, Zoom, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10/23
Free and open to the public. To register:

Participants will read excerpts from famous memoirs, which we will examine for structure, tone and craft. Each workshop session will include time for writing from prompts, and writers will share their work for feedback if they wish. We will practice editing and revision in the last two sessions.

Alaina Bixon is a freelance writer, editor, and publisher based in Palm Springs, CA. Her MFA from UC Riverside is in Creative Nonfiction, and she writes personal essays. Alaina has led Inlandia Institute workshops on creative writing, food writing, and memoir. Her company, Tilton Bass Publishing, helps clients launch their books into the world. She has written and lectured on pseudoscience, women at MIT, food history, and New Age San Francisco gurus.


6:00 pm: All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

April 26, 2023

All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle
Alternating Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM PT, Zoom, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, and 6/7/23

Registration may be limited. To register:

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.

April 27, 2023(1 event)

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

April 27, 2023

(All Levels)

Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Weekly.

To register:

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.

April 28, 2023(1 event)

3:30 pm: Comic Book Storytelling for Teens with NARCOMEY

April 28, 2023

Inlandia Institute is excited to announce a new comic book workshop for teens! Join cartoonist and illustrator NARCOMEY for a class that will inspire your creativity and clarify your focus. Sessions will be held on Zoom over six consecutive Fridays – March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28, and May 5, 2023 – from 3:30-5:00 PM PT.

During this 6-week workshop, NARCOMEY will walk you through the basics of comic book storytelling. This will be accomplished by working on a simple, 4-page comic book story. Focusing on one page per week – along with a Q&A – NARCOMEY wants participants to leave with four complete pages of comic book layouts/roughs. This workshop is about storytelling, not pretty pictures, so don’t worry if you can’t draw a stick figure. The basics are what every craftsperson falls back on, and NARCOMEY hopes this basic storytelling workshop will give you a strong foundation to build your craft on.

The workshop is free and open to teens ages 13-18, but registration is required. To register, please visit:

April 29, 2023(1 event)

12:00 pm: Inlandia Institute at the 10th Anniversary Riverside Tamale Festival

April 29, 2023

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Inlandia Institute at the 10th Anniversary Riverside Tamale Festival

Featuring Vilayvanh Bender, José Chavez, James Luna, and Julianna Cruz


Presented by Spanish Town Heritage Foundation

White Park

3936 Chestnut St, Riverside, CA


Visit the Tamale Festival and stop by the Inlandia Storytelling Booth to hear vibrant multicultural stories by authors from the region. Stories presented on the hour at 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM.