Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops


Inlandia Institute is now offering more writing workshops than ever before! Explore poetry, prose, nonfiction, and memoir. Learn to appreciate Black art or discover the deliciousness of writing about food. Classes will be offered in writing for children and the YA market, and we'll have workshops available just for seniors. With so many choices, it will be hard to pick just one writing workshop – so you might want to sign up for two! Make THIS the season you commit to a regular writing practice. Grow as an author and become part of the Inlandia community of writers. 

All workshops are free. Register today.


"Celena's Scribes" with Wil Clarke. All levels. 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. Weekly on Tuesdays beginning September 6. This workshop is ongoing. 11:30-1:00 PM PT. On Zoom.

"Writing for the Blacklandia Anthology" with Romaine Washington. All levels. This generative workshop is especially designed for Blacklandia anthology writers. It will provide prompts to encourage Black poets, writers, and artists to reflect on and express their personal experiences, challenges, and hopes. At the end of the workshop,participants are encouraged to submit their work for possible publication in the anthology. Consecutive Tuesdays, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4/22. 6:00-8:00 PM PT. On Zoom.

"Tapping into Image" with James Ducat. Intermediate-Advanced. This poetry workshop offers generative prompts and brief group feedback intended to uncover images and language that resonate for you and for your audience. Alternating Tuesdays, 9/6, 9/20, 10,4, 10/18, 11/1/22. 6:30-8:30 PM PT. On Zoom.

"Creative Writing - All Genres" with Victoria Waddle. Intermediate-Advanced. In this multigenre workshop, participants receive bi-weekly 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. Alternating Wednesdays, 9/7/22, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2/22. 6:30-8:30 PM PT. On Zoom.

"A Story's Nuts and Bolts" with Renee Gurley. All levels. This workshop focuses on story: what it can do and the aspects and possibilities in its form. You will examine ways to structure a story, how to develop characters, how to get readers interested with a compelling beginning, and how to keep them interested through the last page. We will also workshop people’s work for those who want. This is a class for newbies as well as seasoned writers. Alternating Saturdays, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5/22. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM PT. On Zoom.

"Writing for Children" with José Chavez. All levels. 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. Alternating Mondays, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7/22. 6:00-8:00 PM PT. On Zoom. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL AS OF 9/8/22. "WRITING FOR CHILDREN" REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

"Creative Writing - All Genres" with James Coats. All levels.  In this multigenre workshop, participants receive bi-weekly 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. Alternating Tuesdays, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8/22. 6:00-8:00 PM PT. On Zoom.

"Praise Poems" with Romaine Washington. In this generative workshop we will be guided to find joy in the events and things we often take for granted as well as the exceptional and grand events that make our life experiences and perspectives unique. Alternating Wednesdays, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9/22. 6:00-8:00 PM PT. On Zoom.

"More Adventures in Food Writing" with Alaina Bixon. Intermediate-Advanced. Each 90-minute workshop will include two writing prompts, with time to create a food-related story for both prompts. Topics will include food history, sustainability, nutrition and health, family stories, cookbooks, food and travel, culinary memoirs, and the politics of food. We will discuss how to submit articles for publication. “This is not for foodies; it’s for eaters!” Consecutive Wednesdays, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9/22. 2:00-3:30 PM PT. On Zoom.

"Nonfiction: Opening the Research Doorway, Part Three" with Jo Scott-Coe. Advanced. Practice creative ways to bring life to your research process and your nonfiction writing! Alternating Thursdays, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17/22. 6:30-8:30 PM PT. On Zoom.

“How to Get Away With Murder” with Tod Goldberg. All levels. Colonel Mustard ... in the library ... with the candlestick! Learn how to write an effective murder scene from a master of crime fiction, NY Times Bestselling author Tod Goldberg. One day only, Thursday, 10/26/22. 6:00-8:00 PM. In person at the Ovitt Family Community Library, 215 E C Street, Ontario.


"Creative Writing - All Genres" with Mae Wagner Marinello. All levels. This ongoing writing workshop for seniors 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. Weekly on Thursdays beginning September 8. This workshop is ongoing. 11:00 AM-1:00 PM PT. Redlands Community Center.

"Memoir: Writing Your Life Story" with Rose Y. Monge. CLOSED 



As a general rule, virtual workshops are now capped at 30 (thirty) participants and in person/hybrid at 15 (fifteen). If you are interested in a workshop that is deemed full, you will be put on a waiting list or be asked to select an alternate.

Attendance is not mandatory, but please be courteous and let us know if you find that you will not be able to attend one or more workshop meeting.

All workshops are open to the public but registration is required. Once the workshop has begun, new participants will be accepted only at the discretion of the workshop leader and Inlandia staff.

By registering for an Inlandia workshop you are entitled to submit work for inclusion in the annual Writing from Inlandia anthology. We encourage you to do so! We also have an online literary journal,, and hope you will peruse that and submit when you can. There will also be other opportunities throughout the year.

Also, please note that Inlandia reserves the right to decline participation for any reason whatsoever.


Inlandia's Creative Writing Workshops are FREE but a donation toward the workshops program is appreciated. Donations are accepted via PayPal or regular mail to the Inlandia Institute office.

- To donate via PayPal visit and choose "send money" to donations (at) inlandiainstitute (dot) org.

- To mail donations: Inlandia Institute • 4178 Chestnut Street • Riverside, California 92501

We are not accepting hand-delivered donations at this time.

Please remember: Donations are optional! Support comes in many forms. Thank you for supporting the Inlandia Institute!

Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops Code of Conduct

1.) Always be respectful and considerate of everyone’s time and talent.

2.) When critiquing others’ work, be compassionate, concise, and helpful; wherever possible, use direct examples rather than vague generalizations.

3.) When arriving and departing the workshop, especially through Zoom, be prompt, and be courteous to other speakers.

4.) Please try to attend all workshop meetings. If you can’t make it, or if at any time you wish to drop the workshop, please notify your workshop leader or the Inlandia Institute at 951 790 2458.

5.) If you have any questions or concerns, including about technology or support, please call Cati Porter at the above number or email

Thank you, and enjoy the workshop!
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