Ft. Collins to launch DimeStories

Please join me in welcoming the newest DimeStories Chapter, Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Amanda Martinek to the family!  If you are anywhere near Ft. Collins, do check out the launch event:

Friday, March 9 th , 2018 at 6:00 PM.

at The Bean Cycle, 144 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

The monthly event will take place on the 2 nd Friday of each
month at The Bean Cycle.

DimeStories are 3-minutes prose pieces read by the author. Authors of all experience levels are welcome to sign up and read.

Writers can sign up to read at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 6:00 PM.

The Fort Collins Chapter event is hosted by Amanda Martinek.


Amanda is a San Diego native, now rooted in Fort Collins. She is a member of Northern Colorado Writers and works in social and digital media marketing.


She was previously the Editor in Chief of a music publication called ListenSD and is currently working on her debut novel.

San Diego Open Mic (prose)

Join us Friday, March 9, 2018

San Diego DimeStories Open Mic 

6:30 pm Refreshments and Sign Ups
7:00 pm Readings 

San Diego Writers, Ink;       Liberty Station
$5 donation at the door

GUEST HOST Bernie Nofel !

Bernie has been a scribbling scribe regular in San Diego’s writing community for years. In addition to DimeStories, Bernie has confused, perplexed, annoyed, irritated, and sometimes inspired fellow wordsmiths at Wednesday’s Write Real Early and Thursday Writes. The one thing he’s rarely done is bore anyone.

 Bernie writes and presents with the passion one

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Albuquerque Celebrates 8th Anniversary!

Duke City DimeStories, Albuquerque’s only open mic for prose, will celebrate its eighth year with a Showcase of DimeStories selected from the best of the past year’s monthly open mic events.

Authors who will be reading their 3-minute stories include:  Gideon Campos, Karen Fausnaugh, Tish Frederick, Eirik Gumeny, Jennifer Krohn, Maria Leyba, Blake Magnuson, Georgia Santa Maria, Cindy Sylvester, and Uval Trubitz.


The event will be hosted by Jennifer Simpson.

3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 18 at

Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87107.


San Diego DimeStories January 2018 Standouts!

Congratulations to our        January Standouts!

Your work inspired us at our last DimeStories Open Mic! Thank you for coming and sharing your creativity and inspiration with us.


Savannah Cannon – The Breaking of the ‘Innocent’

Danielle Baldwin – Blue Plate Special

Ed Coonce – No Flowers for Algernon

Next San Diego DimeStories Open Mic:  Friday, February 9, 2018


San Diego DimeStories February 2018 Open Mic (prose)

Friday, February 9, 2018 – Join us for an evening of fascinating stories and memoir! We look forward to your 3-minute readings.

6:30 Sign ups/snacks; 7:00 Readings; San Diego Writers Ink; Liberty Station

This month’s guest host:

Natalie Green!

Natalie Green is the Program Coordinator at PEN Center USA where she works with the Emerging Voices Fellowship, PEN In The Community writing residencies, and author evening series, PEN Presents. Natalie graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s in English and a concentration in creative writing. As an undergraduate, she managed Westwind, UCLA’s Journal of the Arts, and wrote a short story collection for her honors thesis entitled Lost Angeles.

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Meet John Van Roekel

John Van Roekel, a regular San Diego DimeStorier, is our first guest host for 2018. As I interviewed him for this piece, it struck me how lucky I am to get to know the characters in our DimeStory.  We talked over an hour and John’s enthusiasm for writing, San Diego Writers, Ink, history, and DimeStories made for a remarkable conversation.  He inspires me because he embraces life-long-learning and demonstrates how  writing opens the door for opportunities to meet a marvelous community of creative people.  His compassion, tenacity and hunger for historical research led him to write three impressive historical novels: Braver Deeds, Prisoner Moon, and Lorenzo’s Assassin.

Born in Iowa, John’s family moved near Pontiac, Michigan where he attended high school.  He only applied to one school, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  He laughs as he admits, “I’m glad I got in, because I didn’t have a Plan B.”  He graduated with a B.A. in aerospace engineering and an M.A. in computer engineering.  While raising two sons, John lived and worked in several states before returning to Ann Arbor. Continue reading “Meet John Van Roekel”