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May 28, 2023
May 29, 2023(1 event)

6:30 pm: Does it Make Cents? The Business of Writing with James Coats

May 29, 2023

Does it Make Cents? The Business of Writing with James Coats
(All Levels)
Alternating Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM PT, Zoom, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29, and 6/12/23

This workshop is free and open to the public, but space may be limited. To register:

In partnership with Inlandia Institute & Lift Our Voices Education

In this 5-session professional development workshop for writers, attendees will learn about the business of being a writer, the professional expectations, how to create their own opportunities, where to find funding or events, brand development, community resources and much more. If you are a writer interested in turning your words into more dollars this workshop is for you.

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.

May 30, 2023(1 event)

7:00 pm: How to Get Started Writing When You Don’t Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley

May 30, 2023

How to Get Started Writing When You Don’t Know Where to Start with Renee Gurley
(Beginners Only)
Alternating Saturdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PT, Zoom, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27, and 6/10/23

This workshop is free and open to the public. To register:

Do you want to start writing, but don't know how to get started? In this course, Renee Gurley shows you how to get your thoughts down on paper -- and then grow from there. Learn the basics of:

Creating Structure
Language Use
Point of View
Journaling, memoir, stories, and more

“How to Get Started Writing When You Don't Know Where to Start” gives you concrete tools to help you become the writer you’ve always wanted to be. It's a fun and exciting class for all aspiring writers!

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.

May 31, 2023(1 event)

6:30 pm: Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson

May 31, 2023

Poetry for Young Adults with Cait Johnson
(18 +, College Students, Graduates, Young Adults)
Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM PT, Zoom, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31, and 6/14/23

This workshop is free and open to the public. To register:

This poetry workshop is aimed to support young writers in refining their poetry for publication through a feedback-based workshop setting. Community care and trusted feedback will be fostered in a welcoming environment. Each session will create a space in which participants can relate to each other’s unique experiences as young writers. The authenticity of the writers’ work will be emphasized in a free, non-competitive setting.

Cait Johnson is a poetry and nonfiction writer with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from CSULB. She credits much of her writing growth to leading and participating in writing workshops over the last 5 years. Workshops helped Cait build the confidence to share her work with the public. Cait's poetry has been published by Picture Show Press, Left Coast Review, and Literary Alchemy Press. She has also created two zines of original poetry and serves as a co-founder and editor of Art of Nothing, an annual zine that showcases up-and-coming young artists.

June 1, 2023(2 events)

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

June 1, 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.

6:30 pm: First Thursdays Arts Walk “Paths to Publishing: Agents and Other Routes”

June 1, 2023

Thursday, June 1, 2023

First Thursdays Arts Walk

“Paths to Publishing: Agents and Other Routes”

with Jo Scott-Coe, James Luna, and Becca Spence Dobias

6:30-8:00 PM; doors open at six.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.


Riverside Main Library

Community Room & Arcade

3900 Mission Inn Blvd

Riverside, CA 92501

6:30-7:00 – Open mic readings – Community Room

7:00-8:00 – Author roundtable – Community Room

Join Inlandia and Riverside Public Library on June 1 for a First Thursdays Arts Walk event for writers, "Paths to Publishing: Agents and Other Routes.” The program will include a roundtable discussion with local authors Jo Scott-Coe, James Luna, and Becca Spence Dobias. Learn about their various paths to publication, including a step-by-step guide to submitting your work to a literary agent – and other means to a publishing end. The conversation will begin at 7:00, but come early if you can! A writers’ open mic is planned from 6:30-7:00.

For the open mic, you are welcome to read poetry, flash fiction, or an excerpt from a work in progress. And while you’re there, explore the month’s topic of books available for checkout in the Community Room. Don’t have a library card? Apply for one at the event!

Jo Scott-Coe’s essays and stories have been published widely, for literary as well as academic audiences. Her third book, Unheard Witness: The Life and Death of Kathy Leissner Whitman, is forthcoming in Fall 2023 from the University of Texas Press.

James Luna is the author of three books, all published by Arte Publico Press/Pinata Books: The Runaway Piggy/El Cochinito Fugitivo, A Mummy in Her Backpack/Una momia en su mochila and The Place Where You Live/El lugar donde vives. His fourth book published by Arte Público, Growing Up on the Playground, was released in 2018. Piggy was awarded the 2012 Tejas Star Award as chosen by the students of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Becca Spence Dobias is a 2022 KissPitch mentee, working under the guidance of Jen Deluca, author of the Well Met series. She is the author of On Home (Inkshares, 2021) and has a book under contract with WVU Press about the North Central WV punk scene of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Her work also appears in Inlandia: A Literary Journey, two Writing Bloc anthologies,, and among other places. She reviews books for Southern Literary Review and co-hosts Writing Bloc’s Indie Writer Podcast. She grew up in West Virginia and now lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.

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