Orange County CA Open Mic

August 2017 DimeStories Favorites

Thanks to all of our readers and listeners for making our August DimeStories so delightful. We had 12 readers, and we are getting to share 5 of those stories with you because there was a three way tie for our 2nd most favorite story.

Also, thanks to our new Dimestorians, for adding so much to our group, and a shout out to Pamala Gerber, a new reader who was one of our favorites of the month.

Seriously, every story was fun and interesting, and I would love to post them all, but to hear them all, you really should join us next month on September 10th.

Thanks to Nicholas Thurkettle for hosting, and to Cindy Berg who brought us our delicious snacks. Also to Nancy Milby for providing the very comfortable and wonderful space as well as the diverse and delicious wines! Lastly, again, thanks to all our readers and listeners for enhancing our fun.

 

Louie Rodriguez – “The Sunday Paper”

Pamela Gerber – “Taco Love”

Jennifer Hedgcock – “Washing Out the Soul”

Nicholas Thurkettle – “The Pen is Mightier than the Bullet Point”

Ron Terranova – “You Go, Elizabeth!”

Enjoy these stories, and check out some of our older ones in our archives.

Looking forward to hearing more great stories and schmoozing with all the readers and listeners over wine and snacks on September 10th for our next DimeStories open mic. As always, sign-ups begin at 5:00 pm, and we begin readings at 5:30 pm. Come a little early and/or stay a little late for some schmoozing, snacks and wine.

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

 

If you’re new to the group, your story must be prose, your own work, 3 minutes or less (approximately 500 words), but can be fiction, non-fiction, or something in between! ALSO, you do NOT need to read. You can come and listen this first time, or forever.
Also, as a heads up – we ask for a $5.00 donation per person to help cover our membership in the National DimeStories organization (helps keep these web pages up), as well as to help cover the costs of the food and drink we serve.

If you missed any of our previous open mic events LIVE, check out the Audience Picks from the past in the archive–>

Also, if you want to get on our e-mail list, please send a request to be added to OCDimeStories@gmail.com

Connect with us on Facebook or on MeetUp and occasionally we tweet 

Interested in getting your writing out there? Follow the links below:

Writing Contests:

The Gotham Writers website has classes and contests. Susan, one of our MCs mentioned #storieseverywhere contest as well as the 91-word memoir contest – you can explore those links and others here: http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/home.php

There are also a plethora of writing contests for every genre of writing through the writer’s magazine – check it out here: http://www.pw.org/grants

12 thoughts on “Orange County CA Open Mic

  1. I would like to participate in the next open mike. My book ‘The History of a Safer World’ is published on Amazon.com. It tells the story of one of the most famous entrepreneurs in Laguna Beach history, and certainly the most eccentric. He owned the famous ‘Rock House’ in Laguna Beach.

  2. Indeed! this was a fantastic space, and filled with GREAT STORIES! Thank you everyone for all your hard work in making the OC chapter of DimeStories a true gem. –Jennifer

  3. A great night in our new venue at Laguna Culinary Arts with a big shout out to Nancy Milby, owner extraordinaire for hosting. Thanks to Judy Shepherd for imagining this space. Nancy Milby is not only a sommelier but she writes as well!. She read a great piece to usher in this new season. Tonight was a DimeStories reunion. Founder Amy Wallen of San Diego and original OC DS host Meredith Resnick along with the new DS International Director Jennifer Simpson out of Albuquerque, NM came together with current OC DS host Ed Kaufman to spin some flash narratives. A great turnout, good wine and better stories from old and new readers. Bring it on! Check out Jennifer’s new DS Website and submit your stories for NPR. Yes!

  4. Ed Kaufman, the new OC DimeStories host invites you to come out for our November 13th open mic in Laguna Beach at Salt Fine Art Gallery. Sign-ups start at 5:00 pm, readings begin at 5:30 pm.

    September & October 2011 gatherings featured good reads, diverse voices, and fine wine. Amazed at how much can be said in 500 words. DimeStories: What a writing exercise in editing– learning to part with “treasures” to more fully embrace what Natalie Goldberg refers to as “writing down the bones”.

  5. This is the new OC DimeStories host inviting you to come out for our August 8th open mic in downtown Laguna Beach at Latitude 33 Bookshop, 311 Ocean Ave.
    Sign-ups start at 5:00 pm and readings begin at 5:30 pm.

    June and July gatherings featured good reads, diverse voices, fine wine, and familiar faces. Always amazed at how much can be said in 500 words. DimeStories: What a great writing exercise in editing– learning to part with “treasures” of words to more fully embrace what Natalie Goldberg refers to as “writing down the bones”.

  6. Hey curators. Thanks so much for selecting my story “Swahili Thanksgiving”. Just discovered it through Allegra Huston’s Web site. Nice to hear a three minute reading holding so much of life’s experience. How is that possible?

    Looking forward to reading at Latitude 33 bookstore on Valentine’s Day… Feb. 14th.

  7. I can’t believe what an amazing birthday party that was last week! And now we get another great night of readings in less than a month.

    Chemer’s Gallery is being such generous supporters of DimeStories OC Open Mic by lending us their gorgeous gallery for our events until the OC folk can find a permanent home.

    It’s amazing what 3-minutes will do to people.

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