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February 25, 2024(2 events)

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

February 25, 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.

2:00 pm: “Remaking Language: AAVE’s Influence on Culture through Writing” Workshop

February 25, 2024

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Inlandia Institute and UCR ARTS Present a Blacklandia Events Series Workshop

“Remaking Language: AAVE’s Influence on Culture through Writing” with James Coats

2:00-4:00 PM PT, on Zoom

To register:

Free and open to the public.


This generative writing workshop will focus on language while highlighting the impact of African American Vernacular English in writing and its influence on mainstream culture.


This workshop is intended to educate those who are unaware or misinformed about AAVE, and its history and influence in the world around us today. It will encourage writers, especially BIPOC writers, to embrace the language of their experiences and authenticity of their culture. The workshop will also prompt participants to explore poetic elements such as colloquialism, dialect, and vernacular.

February 26, 2024(1 event)

6:00 pm: Writing for Children with José Chávez

February 26, 2024

Writing for Children with José Chávez

(All Levels)

Alternating Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/11 and 3/25/24, on Zoom

$50. Registration required.

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.

February 27, 2024(1 event)

6:00 pm: The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington

February 27, 2024

The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry with Romaine Washington

(All Levels)

Alternating Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, and 3/12/24, on Zoom

$50. Registration required.

Discover the art and craft of writing poetry with generative prompts and other forms of poetic inspiration. Brief group feedback will help you uncover images and language that resonate for you and for your audience.

Romaine Washington, M. Ed., is the editor of "These Black Bodies Are... A Blacklandia Anthology" and the author of “Purgatory Has an Address” (Bamboo Dart Press) and “Sirens in Her Belly” (Jamii Publications). She has been published in various anthologies and periodicals, including Inlandia Institute’s “San Bernardino Singing” anthology and “Cholla Needles 32, 36 and 39.”

Ms. Washington is a graduate fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina, and the Inland Area Writing Project at the University of California, Riverside. She was a public school educator for over twenty years and has developed a social justice curriculum available for free on her website: The proud mother of two sons, Romaine Washington is a native Californian from San Bernardino who resides in the Inland Empire.


February 28, 2024(1 event)

6:30 pm: ASL Poetry with Ryan Fingerle

February 28, 2024

Writing and Presenting Poetry in American Sign Language with Ryan Fingerle

(All Levels)

Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM PT, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/13, and 3/27/24, on Zoom

FREE. Registration required.

Do you want to write poetry but don’t know how? Would you like to express poetry in ASL, but you’re not sure where to begin?

Then come to this workshop! This introductory course is especially created for poetry lovers who want to learn how to write and present poetry in American Sign Language. It’s also for those who want to learn how to appreciate the art of poetry in both English and ASL. All are welcome – d/Deaf, HOH, and hearing – and an interpreter and closed captioning will be available.

In this course, participants will experience both written and visual poetry. The workshop has several aims: to increase the ways you can become more engaged and curious readers of poetry; to increase your confidence in writing poems through text in English and American Sign Language; and to provide you with the support and resources for writing and presenting poetry in ASL.

Ryan Fingerle is a Deaf writer, poet, and educator whose love of words has no boundaries. One of her works, “Stuck in the Middle,” was published in the 2021 MUSE Literary Magazine. She presented her English poem “Connected” in ASL in front of a live audience for a National Deaf History and Poetry Month event. Ryan holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and she is in a process of earning her M.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a private tutor in English and Math, and her 10 years of experience – and passion – is helping her adult students and their families enjoy the merits of both ASL and the English language.

February 29, 2024(1 event)

Submission Window Closes for ONLINE JOURNAL ALL-TEEN ISSUE

February 29, 2024

January 16-February 29, 2024

Online Literary Journal Submission Window for

Inlandia: A Literary Journey ALL-TEEN ISSUE

Free and open to teens 13-19 years old.

To submit:

March 1, 2024
March 2, 2024