Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops


Inlandia Institute is offering new and ongoing writing workshops for spring quarter! Explore poetry, prose, memoir, and more. Celebrate the vernal equinox with a springtime workshop – and watch your writing grow. The Inlandia community of writers wants you!

All workshops are free. Registration may be limited. Enroll today!


Writing for Children with José Chávez
(All Levels)
Alternating Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM PT, Zoom, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22, and 6/5/23
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.

No One Else Can Write Your Memoir! with Alaina Bixon
(All Levels)
Meets Weekly on Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00 PM PT, Zoom, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10/23
Participants will read excerpts from famous memoirs, which we will examine for structure, tone and craft. Each workshop session will include time for writing from prompts, and writers will share their work for feedback if they wish. We will practice editing and revision in the last two sessions.

All Genres Workshop with Victoria Waddle
Alternating Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 PM PT, Zoom, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, and 6/7/23
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.

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
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!

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
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. 

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 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.

All Genres Workshop with Allyson Jeffredo
(All Levels)
Alternating Fridays, 4:00-6:00 PM PT, Zoom, 5/12, 5/26, 6/9, 6/23, and 7/7/23
Registration is limited to 12 participants.
In this multi-genre 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.

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Celena’s Scribes with Wil Clarke
(All Levels)
Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM PT, Zoom, Weekly. Workshops resume Tuesday, April 11, 2023.
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.

All Genres Workshop with Mae Wagner Marinello
(All Levels)
Thursdays, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, Redlands, Ongoing. Meets Weekly. (A Zoom option may be available; contact Inlandia for details.)
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.

SUMMER Memoir Workshop: Writing Your Life Story with Rose Y. Monge
(All levels)
Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM, In person at the Janet Goeske Center (Art Room), 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside. 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, and 7/24/23 (No meeting July 3.)
Class size is limited.
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.


GENERAL INFORMATION (Updated March 2023):

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.

Conversely, attendees must be courteous to other participants and workshop leaders and not allow the workshop to run over time. This is both for the sake of maintaining the schedule and also to ensure that our workshop leaders are paid fairly for their time. Be considerate.

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.


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
Updated March 28, 2023

Inlandia’s workshops aim to foster a community that is mindful, generous, patient, curious, and kind, as well as anti-racist, LGBTQIA-affirming, and inclusive. If someone’s creative work and/or behavior is seen to go against these community values, whether intentional or unintentional, they will be contacted by staff and an appropriate course of action will be mutually determined and implemented. Inlandia is committed to providing a safe space for all, therefore, please note that Inlandia reserves the right to decline participation for any reason whatsoever. 

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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