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February 18, 2024(1 event)

1:30 pm: “Dark Matter” – A Writing Workshop for BIPOC Youth

February 18, 2024

Consecutive Sundays, February 11, 18, and 25, 2024

Inlandia Institute and UCR ARTS Present a Blacklandia Events Series Workshop

“Dark Matter” – A Writing Workshop for BIPOC Youth Inspired by “The Impact of Images: Mamie Till’s Courage from Tragedy” with Lydia F. Theon Ware i

Barbara and Art Culver Center for the Arts

3824 Main Street, Riverside

1:30-3:00 PM

Free to BIPOC teens ages 14-18, with parental approval.

Registration required:


BIPOC teens ages 14-18 are invited to a writing workshop based on the exhibition “The Impact of Images: Mamie Till’s Courage from Tragedy,” which runs through March 30, 2024 at the Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside. This powerful collection of photographs includes both family photos and extraordinary images made by Black photojournalists, and will inspire the writing, reflection, and insight of a new generation.

February 19, 2024(1 event)

6:30 pm: All Genres Workshop with James Coats

February 19, 2024

All Genres Workshop with James Coats

(All Levels)

Alternating Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM PT, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, and 3/4/24, on Zoom

$50; Registration required.

In this multi-genre workshop, participants receive twice-monthly inspiration in the form of both poetry and prose. Prompts inspire writing in the genre of your choice. Class discussions include the craft of writing and the challenges writers face in generating poetry, memoir, and short and long fiction.

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.


February 20, 2024(1 event)

6:00 pm: Spoken Word Poetry with David Puma

February 20, 2024

Spoken Word Poetry with David Puma

(All Levels)

Alternating Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, and 3/19/24

$50. Registration required.

In person at Riverside Main Library

3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside

In this Spoken Word Poetry Workshop, we invite you to dive into the expressive storytelling power of the spoken word. Unleash your creativity and find your unique voice as we explore the art of crafting powerful and evocative poems. You will be guided through various poetic forms, techniques, and performance styles. Discover how to convey emotions, perspectives, and personal experiences through your words and presence.

Through interactive exercises, drafting poems, peer review, and analyzing spoken word poets, you will learn to infuse your poems with rhythm, rhyme, and mesmerizing imagery, unlocking the potential to engage listeners on a profound level. Our inclusive and supportive environment encourages open expression, fostering a space where you can share your truth and elevate your spoken word prowess. Registration is limited to 12.

David Puma obtained his M.F.A. in creative writing at San Jose State University and his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Redlands. He has been in advanced poetry workshops every semester for the last four years, and has performed spoken word across California, including the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire – as well as in New York City and in London, U.K. Professionally, David’s poetry has been included on streaming platforms like Disney+.


February 21, 2024(1 event)

6:00 pm: All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle

February 21, 2024

All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle


Alternating Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM PT, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, and 3/6/24, on Zoom

$50. Registration required.

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, is available from Los Nietos Press and her chapbook, The Mortality of Dogs and Humans, is available from Bamboo Dart Press. Her YA novel about a teen escaping a polygamist cult is coming from Inlandia Books. 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.

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February 23, 2024
February 24, 2024(1 event)

10:00 am: Breathing Life Into Characters with Renee Gurley

February 24, 2024

Breathing Life Into Characters with Renee Gurley

(All levels)

Alternating Saturdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PT, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, and 3/9/24, on Zoom

$50. Registration required.

"Breathing Life Into Characters" is a dynamic and immersive writing workshop designed to empower writers of all levels to create compelling, multi-dimensional characters that leap off the page. Whether you're a seasoned novelist, aspiring screenwriter, or just someone with a passion for storytelling, this course will provide you with the tools and techniques to develop characters that resonate with readers and leave a lasting impact.

R. Gurley, MA, MFA, is a writer and English teacher with over 20 years of experience with words, whose works have appeared in Coping Magazine, Lehigh Valley Woman’ s Journal, and Budget Press.