Creative Literacy is a collaboration between educators and Inlandia bringing literary events, workshops and chapbook publication opportunities to children and youth in the region. This is a direct working relationship with educators and for educators in support of literary activities in Inland Southern California schools.
Working with Alvord and Riverside Unified school districts, the Inlandia Institute develops programs that help teachers maximize children’s creative potential, critical thinking skills, and critical verbal literacy through literary programming including: story telling, performance, listening to language through music, visual language, creative writing, and narrative digital photography and film activities that recognize children’s different abilities, talents, needs, learning styles, interests, and cultural background.
Past programs included the publication of chapbooks of children’s poetry and short stories produced through Inlandia Creative Literacy programs and “readers’ salons” where the children can present their work to friends, family and the community.
Teen Creative Writing Workshops:
The Inlandia Institute produces Teen Creative Writing Workshops, either in series or as singular events and showcases the teens’ perspective on their community. E.R. Carpenter funding ensures the continuation of the Inlandia Teen Creative Writing workshops in multiple library, museum and community center locations in Riverside.
Educator Julianna M. Cruz, a Riverside Unified School District teacher at Victoria Elementary school in Riverside, has developed a sample creative writing curriculum for area educators.
Journey To Inlandia: A Quest for Knowledge, A Collection of Short Stories by the 4th and 5th grade GATE students at Victoria Elementary School.
See the artwork of the 4th and 5th grade GATE students of Mrs. Julianna Cruz at Victoria Elementary School Riverside, California.