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:

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

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

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!

San Diego August StandOuts; Featured Blogger; September Open Mic


San Diego August StandOuts


Judy Reeves – En Route: Beginning the Journey

Danielle Baldwin – Pool Party

Lawrence Johnson – A Cloud of Smoke

Josh Turner – A Little Grift


Featured Blog!


On this blog, I write short stories and flash fiction about the soulful people in my life, trying to capture the bits of soul I prize in them. I post a new story just about every weekend, both here and on the palm tree in front of my house.

Really, though, this is a blog about people we all know. Sign up for a story a week, and you’re bound to read things here that remind you of the soulful people in your life, too.

And yes, I realize it should read “Just Somebody Whom You Used to Know.” I’ll try to get it right next time.


Friday, September 13, 2019 – OPEN MIC –

Host:  Carrie Danielson   

When: 6:30 p.m. Sign Ups; 7:00 Readings
Where: San Diego Writers, Ink; Liberty Station
What: 3-minute prose read by the author
Why: Supportive, fun, fascinating!
How: Show Up!
Cost: $5 Donation at the Door


San Diego August Open Mic and July Standouts!

Join us, San Diego!

August 9, 2019

Guest Host:  Josh Baxt!

Bio:   Josh Baxt is a science writer, novelist, stealth Haikuder, tomato maven, petulant parent, unrepentant backseat driver and bratty only child. He’s the little brother you always wished for.

6:30 p.m.Sign Ups; 7:00 p.m. Readings; San Diego Writers, Inkspot, Liberty Station
3-Minute Prose, read by the author.
     Congratulations to our July DimeStories StandOuts!

Danielle Baldwin – Reading the Truth

Don Ryan – Unfinished Business

Nick Angello – Bad Hair Day

San Diego OPEN MIC! Friday, July 12, 2019

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Get Those 3-Minute Stories Crackling!

Bernie Nofel


He’s not a bird.

He’s not a plane.

He can’t even leap tall buildings in a single bound.

But what Dime Stories’ July host, Bernie Nofel, can do is write, teach, and act.

A proudly long-suffering member of San Diego’s writing community, Bernie has perplexed, annoyed, and sometimes entertained fellow wordsmiths at Dime Stories, Wednesday’s Write Real Early, and Thursday Writes. Bernie recently published his first novel, a psychodrama called “Mirror Mirror. A Mystery”, and was honored to have a piece selected in this year’s Best of Dime Stories Anthology.

Bernie is an ensemble cast member for the Dinner Detective, and teaches public speaking for four local colleges. He has been a grant writer and secured important funding for non-profit charities throughout the community.

While he may not be stronger than a locomotive, he says his wit is indestructible and bullets do bounce off his chest.

He invites everyone to shed their alter egos this month and come to the microphone to share their story….and, never, ever, fear the Kryptonite….

“Look! Up in the sky!”

Congratulations to our June StandOuts!  
John Shaw, 
Kevin Hennessy, 
Nick Angello!  
Audios Coming Soon!

Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Liberty Station
Time: 6:30pm Sign ups; 7:00pm Readings
$5 Donation at the Door



San Diego June Open Mic! – May StandOuts

Join Us, San Diego DimeStoriers! 


Friday, June 14, 2019

Guest Host:  June Cressy!


June Cressy has been writing since her early days in Brooklyn. A Year in Ink is the fifth anthology in which she is published. She has also been a co-editor of two anthologies. Currently she is working on a memoir.

6:30 Sign Ups; 7:00 Readings San Diego Writers, Ink 3-minute prose: memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, personal essay, experimental


Listen and Enjoy!

Nick Angello – Sunshine in the Desert

Achi Mishra – Baby Steps

Tia Meredith – What I Want in the Spring

Bernie Nofel – Waiting Room