SoCal Open Mic – Feb. 10, 2017

Bring your Valentine to SoCal Open Mic (prose) on February 10, 2017                           San Diego Writer’s Ink in Liberty Station, San Diego.                                                       6:30 sign ups and readings begin at 7:00.

Thank you to our Guest Host:  Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland

Jim Ruland is the co-author of My Damage with Keith Morris, founding member of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and OFF! (Da Capo 2016) and Giving the Finger with Scott Campbell Jr. of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (Lyons Press 2014). He is also the author of the award-winning novel Forest of Fortune (Tyrus Books 2014) and the short story collection Big Lonesome (Gorsky Press 2005). Jim’s work has appeared in many publications, including The Believer, Black Warrior Review, Esquire, Granta, Hobart, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, Mississippi Review, and Oxford American, and has received awards from Reader’s Digest and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the books columnist for San Diego CityBeat and runs the Southern California-based reading series Vermin on the Mount, now in its thirteenth year.

January SoCal Dime Stories’ Standouts

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At January’s SoCal Dime Stories, three authors’ readings were selected as the stand-outs of the night. These authors are Bernie Nofel, Like the Witch to the ScarecrowTim Callaway, Kumundrum, and Cheryl Sonstein, Put It In a Bubble. and Erica Bouris for The Border (no audio).  Congratulations to them and hope you enjoy listening!

Bernie Nofel

Tim Callaway

Cheryl Sonstein

These pieces are now eligible to be considered for Dime Stories Podcast.

COMING SOON:  December 2016 SoCal Standouts!

 

Ring in the New Year with Tammy Greenwood

DimeStories Guest emcee for the first gathering of DimeStories in San Diego will be Tammy Greenwood!  Join us:

7 p.m. Friday, January 13 
at Liberty Station/NTC, Barracks 16, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106

Hosted by Carrie Danielson, with tech support by Richard Diaz, READINGS begin at 7 p.m, but come at 6:30 pm to sign up, and mix and mingle with a group of awesome and friendly writers!

Bring your 3-minute story and bring a friend because listening is fun too!  $5 suggested donation.

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T. Greenwood is the author of eleven award-winning novels. She has received grants from numerous foundations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Her latest novel, THE GOLDEN HOUR, will be released on February 28, 2017.

She teaches creative writing for San Diego Writer’s Ink, Grossmont College, and online for The Writer’s Center. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters.

 

She is also a photographer. More information about T. Greenwood can be found at her website: http://www.tgreenwood.com.

September Stories in San Diego, 2016

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September is my favorite time of year in San Diego:  the tourists are gone, the beach is still warm, and it’s close enough to my late August birthday to continue the celebration…  This September I was also able to fly in from Albuquerque to host DimeStories.  We had a nice group, and a collection of awesome stories–some funny, some sultry, some serious.  Alas, I was having so much fun I forgot to solicit audience input… so here are my favorites from the evening:

Carrie Danielson, “The Scent and Safety of a Screen” (and yes it over 3 minutes, I may have forgotten to push “start” on the timer, but I liked this story a lot)

 

Alex Bosworth, “Cypress” (the sound of Alex’s voice whispering “Cypress” has lingered)

 

Judy Reeves “Dear Bernadette” ( PG-13 )

 

Much thanks to all who attended, it was a fabulous night!  Lots of great volunteers who helped set up and clean up, and the regulars who bring their stories every month.  Such fun!

DimeStories September 2016 News

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday, September 9:  San Diego Open Mic at San Diego Writers, Ink

Liberty Station/NTC
Barracks 16, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106

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Bring your 3-minute story, and bring a friend (because listening is fun too!).
Refreshments served at 7:30, stories begin at 8:00.

Dime Stories are 3-minutes stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny. They’re heart-rending. Fictional or factual, they’re always true.

Beware: Three-minute rule (that’s about 500 words) is strictly enforced.

$5.00 donation at the door is requested… and if you’d like to contribute a little extra towards food and wine, that’s much appreciated!

Sunday, September 11: Orange County DimeStories

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

$5 donation at the door requested.

Thursday, September 15: Duke City DimeStories (in Albuquerque

at The Source1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE (one mile south of Central Ave.– be sure you stay on Carlisle!)

Every third THURSDAY  7-9pm

Suggested donation:  $3 at the door

New voices always welcome!  Some of us are brand new to the writing and reading out loud scene, and some of us are regulars, we’re all writers.

Hosted by Andy Paquet, technical support by Jennifer Simpson

San Diego DimeStories Guest Host: Judy Reeves!

Join us for the August Open Mic for DimeStories!

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We’ll have snacks and something to wet your whistle; you’ll have a 3-minute story (that’s about 500 words) to share!

And bring a friend!

Or just come to listen.

7:30 pm Friday, August 12, 2016

at San Diego Writers, Ink

Liberty Station/NTC
Barracks 16, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92106

Mix and mingle starting at 7:30 pm.  Come a bit early to set up–it’s a great way to make friends, catch up with old friends, and help out.  And get first crack at the snacks.

Readings begin at 8 p.m,

$5 at the door and worth every penny

If you don’t know Judy Reeves, you can check out her impressive bio over on her professional website.  I can tell you she is one of my favorite people in the world.

I took my first writing workshop from her sometime back in 90s and was part of her read and critique group around 2005-7.  I have even taken inspiration from her (and Jill Badonsky) in hosting my own drop in writing group in Albuquerque.

Don’t miss this event!

Dime Stories Resumed in San Diego!

Dime Stories will resume in San Diego on June 10th! The event will be hosted by the ever-popular former host extraordinaire- DAVID RAINES.

A little bit about David:
DAVID RAINES (San Diego Emcee) is a movie blogger, graphic designer, video editor, and writer.

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He has been featured in San Diego Magazine Online, The Daily Aztec, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, North Park News, and San Diego Writers Ink’s A Year in Ink Vol. IV anthology.

He is a genre fiction writer with a focus on atmospheric horror. He has recorded an audiobook of his own novella, Red Line, in addition to other voiceover experience. His other talents include photography and Web design.