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January 30, 2023

Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge

Category: Creative Writing Workshops Memoir: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge


January 30, 2023

(Seniors, all levels)

Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside,

1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/17/22.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

Writers are encouraged to respond to prompts about universal themes related to the human condition: key relationships, physical places, historic events, personal hardships/recovery, love and loss, and personal achievement and development. It is these ties that bind us all in different stages of our lives. Each of us brings a unique perspective to every story. Maybe it's time to write yours. Space is limited.

Rose Y. Monge has facilitated memoir classes at the Goeske Center since 2009. She encourages everyone to leave a written legacy for future generations. As an immigrant from Mexico, her memoir honors her parents’ legacy of life lessons. Her activism since retirement has been advocating for social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Make them Swoon: Writing Romance Readers Will Love with James Coats

Category: Creative Writing Workshops Make them Swoon: Writing Romance Readers Will Love with James Coats


January 30, 2023

(All Levels, +18)

Alternating Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM, Zoom, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, and 3/27/23.

To register: https://tinyurl.com/Winter2023CWW

In this poetry and prose generative writing workshop, participants will be prompted to create delicious text the audience can’t put down. Participants will explore – and be inspired – by the work of romance writers past and present as we examine craft, ways to avoid cliché pitfalls, and how to develop text that is both unique and thrilling.

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.