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Posted by: | Posted on: June 15, 2020

Virtual DimeStories on the road with San Diego Writers Festival!


Join us for Virtual DimeStories June 27, 5:00 p.m. as part of the Virtual San Diego Writers Festival!

From SDWF: For the last 15 years, DimeStories San Diego has worked to provide as many opportunities as it can for authors of tiny tales to read their stories to a live audience. If you fear rejection, but want to hear applause–this open mic is for you.  All stories will be recorded and some will be selected by the curators to be posted on the DimeStories and San Diego Writers Festival websites so that you can amaze and delight your pals.

From DimeStories: INSTRUCTIONS!

San Diego DimeStories is excited to join San Diego Writers Festival via Zoom,  Saturday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m.  DimeStories are three-minute prose stories read by the author.  All genres welcome as well as all ages and experience levels.  DimeStories is for pure enjoyment of the written word, no comments, no critique, we are here to support and applaud.

  1. Get your stories polished and timed. (We are strict about three minutes!)
  2. Between Friday, June 26th and June 27th, check the San Diego Writers Festival website: https://sandiegowritersfestival.com/summer-days/
or the DimeStories website
https://dimestories.org/  and find access to the Zoom link. 
  1. The first fifteen to sign in will read.
  2. If you don’t want to read but want to join us PLEASE DO! Listen at: https://www.facebook.com/events/3318014191566832/

Thanks to San Diego Writers Festival for inviting DimeStories to join such a great event.  We look forward to “seeing” you and hearing San Diego’s writers share their 3-minute prose.

Posted by: | Posted on: February 7, 2020

San Diego DimeStories February Open Mic

Join Us!

Listen to January StandOuts Below

Friday, February 14, 2020               

       Guest Host:  Richard Diaz!

I grew up in Joliet, IL (as in Joliet Jake of The Blues Brothers) and migrated to Chicago.

Fiction growing up? The Bible, Sunday comics, Verne, Poe, The Adventures of Tin Tin, …

Did time in the pastor’s office: something about questioning the teachings in bible school.

In middle school played hooky. Afternoon matinees. Learned the power of Story. Bonnie and Clyde: a fragile love story told in violent images and sounds.

Afterwards I drifted toward non-fiction:

HS science teacher

Science textbook asst. editor

Medical copy editor —AMA

Environmental health inspector and manager (tons of manuals, guidance docs, policies, procedures, etc).

Did a summer at Time in Manhattan on a paid fellowship, Mass Media Science Writing, sponsored by the AAAS.

Fun, but still no fiction until I ran into DimeStories.

I had held off some months on reading much like a baseball player scouting opposing pitchers. Better come with your A-game.

Wonderful venue.

Time: 6:30 p.m. Sign Ups: 7:00 p.m. Readings
Location: San Diego Writers, Ink; Liberty Station
3-Minute prose read by the author
Come read and listen or just listen!

Congratulations to our January DimeStories StandOuts

 Bonnie Bishop – Two Hands

 Josh Baxt – Endless Blue Sky (Excerpt)

 Lawrence Johnson – Cold Knight Fog

Tracey W. Andreae – Florence and Fluffy Go for a Walk



Posted by: | Posted on: January 10, 2020

TONIGHT! January 10, 2020 DimeStories Open Mic

Join Us for the first Open Mic of 2020!

Read Listen and Enjoy!

6:30 Sign Ups; 7:00 Readings
San Diego Writers, Ink
$5 Donation at the Door





December DimeStory StandOuts!

Belinda Kein – Dear Santa

Cheryl Sonstein – Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Mark Drozda –Nothing  Funny

Richard Diaz – A Little Thrust-Tailed Dog

Posted by: | Posted on: December 13, 2019

December DimeStories Open Mic

See you Tonight!  December 13, 2019       
6:30 Sign Ups; 7:00 Readings
San Diego Writers, Ink
$5 Donation at the door
3-minute creative writing read by the author
Congratulations!  to November’s                                                                San Diego DimeStories StandOuts!  

Mark Drozda – Exit Strategy

Cheryl Sonstein – She Took Out a Calculator

Carrie Danielson – Saving Seymour



Posted by: | Posted on: November 7, 2019

San Diego DimeStories Open Mic

Join Us!  November 8, 2019

Guest Host: Barbara Huntington

Barbara Huntington has been a civil rights worker, teacher, computer mail order house CEO, technical writer, marketing analyst/consultant, and director of a university program to assist underrepresented students as they enter PhD programs.  She retired in 2013 as Director of Preprofessional Health Advising at SDSU and in co-author of Writing About Me: a Step-by-Step Guide to Developing a Powerful Personal Statement for your Application to Medical School.  She has a BS in Zoology from SDSU and an MBA from UCLA.

Barbara lives in Chula Vista with her dog Tashi surrounded by a drought-tolerant garden where she grows her own organic vegetables and walks her labyrinth of rocks and succulents. For several years she has published poems and stories in The Guilded Pen, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and A Year in INK. Last year she read her Scary Poe Story, Obtain a Blacklight as Soon as Possible on KPBS Midday Edition.  It can be heard on Beth Accomando’s Cinema Junkie. Barb”s blog is: https://barbarahuntington.com

6:30 – Refreshments; 7:00 Readings – San Diego Writers,Ink – $5 donation

CONGRATULATIONS September StandOuts!

Ed Coonce,  Kary Vail, 

Bernie Nofel,  Zoe Ghahremani!

DimeStories selected them as our September StandOuts.  Hear the audios below.

Listen and Enjoy!

Zoe Ghahremani – An Iranian-American’s Deja Vu

Bernie Nofel – Knock Knock Joke

Kary Vail – When Bad People Go to Heaven and Good People Go to Hell

Ed Coonce – The Argumentative Smart House

Posted by: | Posted on: October 9, 2019

San Diego September StandOuts!

Congratulations to our September StandOuts!  We appreciate their talent and creativity!
Listen and Enjoy below!

Nick Angello – Parking Enforcement

John Shaw – Yes and Amen

Olga Anson – Aged Mother

Posted by: | Posted on: October 4, 2019

Fifteenth Anniversary San Diego Open Mic!

Join us for our 15th Anniversary with Host and Founder

Amy Wallen!

Amy Wallen is the associate director at New York State Summer Writers’ Institute and the author of When We Were Ghouls, A Memoir of Ghost Stories, as well as the bestselling novel, MoonPies and Movie Stars. She facilitates Savory Salons, a manuscript workshop with LA Times book critic, David Ulin in San Diego, Her essays have been published in The Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, Country Living, The Writers’ Chronicle and other national magazines. Most of the time she lives in San Diego, California with her husband and the cutest dog that’s ever chased a squirrel. Summers she lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where Hazel chases woodchucks.

For this anniversary evening you will have 3 minutes and 15 seconds!  Enjoy!