The Inlandia Institute has five core programs through which it fulfills its mission.
The Institute also undertakes special projects from time to time, and we enter into relationships with other organizations and agencies with compatible missions to facilitate, sustain, and expand the literary arts throughout the region.
In partnership with Heyday we co-publish books with a unique regional voice under the Inlandia imprint.
Since the 2006 release of Heyday’s Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California’s Inland Empire, Heyday has published the following Inlandia imprint publications:
In addition, the Inlandia Institute underwrites the following:
Inlandia Creative Writing Annual Anthology features the work of the participants in Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops conducted in the preceding year.
Inlandia: A Literary Journey is the Inlandia Institute’s On-line Creative Writing Journal
Free Public Events
Programs feature the literary arts in all of their forms including reading, exhibitions, films, and discussions with acclaimed artists living, working in and/or producing work that expresses this unique place we call Inlandia.
The Inlandia Literary Laureate award is the first such recognition of literary talent in Inland Southern California. It brings a long overdue focus and attention to our region by celebrating its literary excellence. Inlandia Literary Laureates must live or work in Inland Southern California, write in a regional voice, work with diverse audiences, mentor emerging writers, foster creative literacy, and have a body of critically acclaimed published work.
Literary Professional Development
Workshops and seminars encourage and support emerging writers in their efforts to meet their literary goals. Programs include Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops held throughout the region. Workshops are led by accomplished authors, editors, and educators. Seminars on publishing, editing, and copyright issues help position writers in the literary market place.
Creative Literacy Programs
Children and Families:
Creative Literacy for Youth
Working with the 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.
Curriculum resources, performances, readers’ salons, and chapbook publications support the program. Events include hosting authors, storytellers, and musicians in schools, libraries and other community venues.
Teen Creative Writing Workshops:
The Inlandia Institute produces at least two Teen Creative Writing Workshops, either in series or as singular events and showcases the teens’ perspective on downtown Riverside. E.R. Carpenter funding ensures the continuation of the Inlandia Teen Creative Writing workshops in multiple library, museum and community center locations in the city.