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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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”

San Diego December Standouts!

Congratulations San Diego DimeStories December Standouts! 

Carol Moscrip, Ed Coonce, Kevin Hennessy, and Don Ryan

We appreciate your creativity and craft!  These four writers were selected by their peers as stories to highlight from our last meeting.

Thank you for attending and sharing your talent!  We look forward to what you bring to our next DimeStories!



Listen and Enjoy!

Carol Moscrip – Looney Toons

Ed Coonce- Stormy Weather

Kevin Hennessy – Dakota, December 8, 1980

Don Ryan – Ants and Other Sentient Creatures

January 12, 2018

San Diego Open Mic (prose)

Bring in the New Year with DimeStories!  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Refreshments and sign ups at 6:30; Readings at 7:00

Guest host:  John Van Roekel!


John, originally from Michigan, came to San Diego in 2001.  He is the author of three historical novels, Prisoner Moon, Lorenzo’s Assassin and Braver Deeds.  He also edited his father’s WWII letters and you can find them on his website:   A software engineer by profession, John is a member and supporter of San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit organization for writers.

San Diego DimeStories November Standouts

Congratulations to our Standouts!

Brad Davidson, Judy Reeves, Chet Hall, and Tia Meredith were chosen by their peers to represent the best of DimeStories!  We appreciate your creativity and composition.  Thank you for sharing your humor, passion, heart, and imagination with us!  We look forward to hearing more from you each month at our gatherings.


Brad Davidson – Dear Santa

Judy Reeves – Helskini After Tom’s Death

Chet Hall – Lulu Does Not Want to Sniff Bombs

Tia Meredith – The Morning After Vagelis