Orange County DimeStories Cancelled for August 2016


DimeStories Orange County Open Mic, scheduled to occur on Sunday, August 14, 2016 5:00 PM has been cancelled. Please update your plans accordingly.

Join us for our next DimeStories Open Mic on September 11th

As always, sign-ups begin at 5:00 pm, and we begin readings at 5:30 pm.

LCA Wine
3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Thanks to everyone for participating – both our readers and our listeners. See you in June!

April 2016 News

Duke City (Albuquerque) DimeStories

DimeStories WHTFOB cardThe next open mic is tomorrow!

April 21, 2016 at 7pm

at The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave SE in the Blue Room.

Mix and mingle with fellow writers of very short prose, share your 3-minute story (that’s about 500 words), or come and listen.

$3-5 donation requested. Refreshments will be served.

Costa Mesa, CA DimeStories

logoIn April I was able to attend the open mic in Costa Mesa which takes place at LCA Wine. If you’re not familiar with LCA, check it out.  It’s a lovely space with lots of great wine and a knowledgeable staff to help you navigate…  and owner Nancy Milby has been most gracious in sharing her space with DimeStories.

Costa Mesa DimeStories take place the 2nd Sunday of each month at 5 pm….  except this May (Mother’s Day).  Check out the latest stories from the OC on this very website, and get  YOUR story ready for June.

San Diego, CA DimeStories

As you may or may not know the San Diego chapter leader, Joanna Gorman has stepped down.  DimeStories executive director (that’s me) Jennifer Simpson was able to host in April, flying in for the event from Albuquerque…  Now the chapter is putting together a committee to keep the chapter going.  In addition to hosting duties at the regular open mic, there are needs for promotional assistance –getting the word out consistently to local arts calendars, sending out the monthly newsletter, listing events on FaceBook and MeetUP, and updating this website.  Anyway, if you’re interested contact me through this website.  

As of now (April 20, 2016) the SanDiego open mic series on a short break…  stay tuned.

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Duke City DimeStories

Albuquerque, NM
308 DimeStoriers

Duke City DimeStories is part of a larger group that includes affiliates in San Diego, Laguna Beach, and Oceanside CA.  We’ve held events occasionally in NYC and regularly at …

Next Meetup

DimeStories Open Mic

Thursday, Sep 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
3 Attending

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DimeStories Orange County Meetup

Costa Mesa, CA
320 DimeStoriers

Bring your 3-minute story, and bring a friend (because listening is fun too!).Join this great group of writers, fiction and nonfiction, who recently moved from Laguna Beach to…

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DimeStories Orange County Open Mic

Sunday, Oct 8, 2017, 5:00 PM
1 Attending

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DimeStories San Diego

San Diego, CA
246 DimeStoriers

Love to write? Of course you do. Like to perform? That’s a rhetorical question. Want to share your stories with other writers? Why am I even asking? Dime Stories are 3-minutes…

Next Meetup

Open Mic (prose) at San Diego Writers Ink

Friday, Oct 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
4 Attending

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Duke City DimeStories Anniversary Showcase 2016


EVENT: DimeStories Anniversary Showcase

DATE: 3 p.m. Sunday, February 21

LOCATION: Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87107

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

Authors who will read their 3-minute stories include: Kim Adonna, Jess Atcherly, Dee Cohen, Tish Fredrickson, Steve Howe, Marsha Johansen, Terri Klein, Jennifer Krohn, Maria Leyba, Marilyn Licht, Kempton Lindquist, Mopsy Matthews, Merimee Moffitt, Lisa Myers, Lata Nadig, Micah Palmer, Andy Paquet, Susan Paquet, Kraig Pickel, Georgia Santa Maria, Sarena Ulibarri, and Efrain Villa. Continue reading “Duke City DimeStories Anniversary Showcase 2016”

Tips for Reading at a DimeStories Event

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Select the proper piece of PROSE. It should be a story 500 words—or less. Really, you don’t have to use all three minutes. Nothing wrong with leaving your audience wanting more…. Edit with a razor. Look at every word. Does it belong? Does it contribute to the meaning? Is there a strong narrative voice? Vivid imagery? Practice reading your work out loud. Can you read it (without rushing) in three minutes? If not, go back and cut more words out.

Stand up straight. Seriously, this is important as it will allow you to breathe better utilizing your diaphragm to its fullest potential.

Breathe. Don’t forget to breath. Besides being really embarrassing to pass out from lack of oxygen, if you breathe throughout your piece, you’ll avoid those awkward gasps between paragraphs.

Know the microphone. Generally you’ll want to be about 6 to 12 inches away and slightly off to the side, but some microphones require you to be right up front and close. If there is no microphone, make sure you project your voice—this is where standing up straight and breathing will come in handy.

Speak slowly, clearly, and vary your tone and rhythm. This will create interest, and allow your audience time to process what you’re saying. Pause. Create a space for your listener to visualize.

Look up. Your audience wants to see more than the top of your head! Make eye contact. Smile….

Don’t be THAT reader, the one who reads and leaves, or the one who shows up only to promote their latest book.  Instead, be a good community member, one who respects fellow DimeStoriers and listens to their stories. And even though as writers, we are mostly a bit socially awkward, take a chance– be the one who hangs around and welcomes new folks.

Have fun!

DimeStories November 2015 News

Upcoming Open Mic Events for DimeStories

San Diego, CA:  Friday, November 13 7:30pm

dsocLocation:  The Ink Spot, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego, CA

Cost: $5 donation at the door is requested…  and if you’d like to contribute a little extra towards food and wine, that’s much appreciated!

Albuquerque, NM: Thursday, November 17, 7pm

Location: The Source, 1111 Carlisle Ave SE (in the same compound where the original Michael Thomas Coffee is located, one mile south of Central)
Cost: $3

Costa Mesa, CA: Sunday, December 13, 5pm

Location: LCA Wine, 3315 Hyland Ave., Ste. H , Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $5

The DimeStories open mic series has been going strong since 2004 in San Diego, an additional chapter opened in Orange County a couple years later, and one in Albuquerque in 2010. DimeStories have been heard in New York, in L.A. at the LA Times Book Fair, and on the the radio.

DimeStories in print (selections from the DimeStories anthology celebrating our ten year anniversary) have been included in the Queensferry Press anthology, The Best Small Fictions 2015

This is a great community of writers, committed to sharing the best in short prose. It’s a supportive environment, worse that will happen is you’ll get applause 🙂

Bring your 3-minute story, and bring a friend (because listening is fun too!).

Flash Workshop with Amy Wallen

UPDATE:  This happened!  It was great!

Look for more workshops in the future!


I am so excited to offer this opportunity for the Albuquerque DimeStoriers– Amy Wallen (DimeStories Founder and all around amazing writer) will be in town to celebrate the Ten Year Annivesary of DimeStories, and emcee the October DimeStories Open Mic.

In addition, she has is offering this amazing workshop: Continue reading “Flash Workshop with Amy Wallen”

The Submission Clock Ticked and Tocked

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the 10 Year Anniversary (print) Anthology project. We received some amazing stories…  which are all now in the hands of our talented editorial board members for final decisions.  If all goes well, we should have our selections made, and authors notified by the end of August.

Several of you have said (somewhat tongue in cheek) things like “I don’t know if I can wait that long!” and all I can say is that with an all-volunteer staff, we will do the best we can. AND if it makes you feel any better, I still have an application pending to work as a Teaching Assistant in the English Department at UNM….  I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the job, since I graduated with my MFA two years ago.  ANYWAY… I won’t do that to you. I will let you know if your piece has been accepted, or if we have opted to pass…  no matter how difficult it will be, and to those of you I know and love it will be difficult.  Admittedly this is why I chose to gather a board, I would have published you all! (we would have ended up with a three volume set of DimeStories)

REMINDER:  The Orange County Chapter is now gathering in Costa Mesa.

Sign-ups begin at 5:00 pm, and readings at 5:30 pm

Join this group on July 13, 2014 at: LCA Wine, 3315 Hyland Avenue, Suite H, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
If you missed any of the open mic events LIVE, check out the Audience Picks from the past in the archive–>