San Diego May Open Mic! April Standouts!

Join Us Friday, May 10, 2019

DimeStories Open Mic


Guest Host: Dick Cummins


In the early ‘60’s Dick attended the U. of Iowa on a jock scholarship. This experience consisted of majoring in English and mostly jocking out, drinking beer and appraising the coeds.

His senior year, due to an encouraging rejection letter from a fiction editor at the New Yorker, he got into the vaunte

d graduate Iowa Writers Workshop, basically through a service entrance as it were.

Most of his classmates were from prominent families, Ivy League legacy or Stanford grads with trust funds. This meant that on the first of every month many pitchers of beer at Donnellys were provided by newly replenished remittance bank accounts. Being a street kid from the projects, Dick was way out of this league, but saved a lot of money on beer.

The story went that Robert Lowell had backed out of a workshop teaching position at the last minute so an author was found to take his place who had only four original paperbacks, some sci fi pulp and women’s magazine stories to his credit.  No one had heard of Kurt Vonnegut but he was a better instructor than the often hung over Nelson Algren (Man with the Golden Arm/Walk on the Wild Side) and

Richard Yates (Revolutionary Road NBA 1960) who suffered a harrowing nervous breakdown during his second year.

Finally armed with a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing, Dick got a teaching and coaching position at a tiny jock farm junior college in southern Iowa.  In 1980, when his agent finally dumped him, he wrote a grant and started a reading and writing lab at the U. of Montana with 20 Apple IIe computers.  A year later he was offered venture capital to start his own educational software company and he never looked back

Now retired from Twenty-First Century Research, a local area network company he owned in San Diego for 25 years, Dick is writing stories and memoir fragments and doing standup – when he can stay awake long enough.  He also ha

s been getting on stage at Moth StorySlams in L.A. and Santa Monica.

3-Minute Prose, Some fiction, some fact, all true.
6:30 pm Sign ups; 7:00 pm Readings
San Diego Writers, Ink; Liberty Station; San Diego

Congratulations to our April Standouts!

Audios coming soon! 


Ali Juhdi – I Should Write Today


Josh Turner – Potus Interuptus

John Shaw – A Collection of Souls

Ed Coonce – The Obit That Won’t Quit and Nanninga

San Diego Open Mic – April! March StandOuts!

Join Us!

Friday, April 12, 2019 

Guest Host:  Rick Ochocki

Bio:  Rick Ochocki is a novelist and storyteller living in San Diego. A National Novel Writing Month winner ten years in a row, his contest-winning flash fiction was included in the e-book Fiction 101: The Anthology from the San Diego CityBEAT weekly magazine. In 2018, an excerpt from his novel Out of the Fire was published in A Year in Ink, Volume 11. A PRO member of Romance Writers of America, Rick was the 2018 Romance Writers of America San Diego chapter President. He is an active member of the Los Angeles Romance Authors, staff Associate with the Southern California Writers’ Conference, and a proud alumnus from Thursday Writers.

CONGRATULATIONS! March DimeStories StandOuts!

Achi Michla – Alcoholics Anonymous

Don Ryan – Anatomy Lesson

Bernie Nofel – Happy Endings

Cheryl Sonstein – Let’s See What They Think of This

NANNIGA by Ed Coonce!

Listen to the audio for an explanation of Ed’s NANNINGA which we will feature here after every DimeStories.




Bring:3-Minute Prose: fiction, non-fiction, essay, experimental
Location: San Diego Writers, Ink - Liberty Station
Time:  6:30 Sign Ups; 7:00 Readings

San Diego March Open Mic and February Standouts


Join Us for our next Open Mic!  March 8, 2019

6:30 sign ups; 7:00 readings
San Diego Writers Ink, Inkspot

Guest Host!  Our very own Tim Calaway

Bio:  Tim is a writer living in San Diego.  He writes poetry, novels, short fiction and commentary. He has had several poems published in local anthologies, including A Year in Ink.  He is a regular contributor at Dimestories.


Congratulations to our February Standouts!  Their work was honored by those attending our last Open Mic.  We applaud their creative efforts

Judy Reeves – Giving It Away

Don Ryan – Fortune Tellers

Danielle Baldwin – Eleanor


February San Diego DimeStories Ope Mic

Friday,  February 8, 2019 



Guest Host:  Janice Alper!


Janice Alper has had multiple careers and many lives.  Now in her fourth life she has reinvented herself as a writer of sorts.  Born in Brooklyn, raised her family in California, lived and worked in Australia for three years and returned permanently to San Diego eleven years ago. Janice will tell you, “You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but not Brooklyn out of the girl.”  Just watch her work a crowd and you’ll see.

San Diego Writers, Ink; 6:30 Sign Ups, 7:00 Readings; 3-minutes!

Congratulations to our January Standouts!

We noticed how talented you are!

Listen and Enjoy!

Bernie Nofel – Feral Carol

Dick Cummins – Don’t Take This the Wrong Way

John Shaw – Roll Down the Windows and Crank It Up

Stacy Marie Lyons – Seeking Assistant

San Diego December Standouts!

Hooray to our          December Standouts!

We delighted with two holiday themes and three on other topics.

Listen and Enjoy!!!!

Ed Coonce – Christmas Caper

Cheryl Sonstein – To Be A Jew At Christmas

Janice Alper – My New Mantra

Dick Cummins – Wouldn’t It Be Wonderful To Think So?

Carrie Danielson – Dear Young Man At The Portland Book Festival

Join Us, San Diego! Open Mic


Our last Open Mic of 2018 is Friday, December 14! 

Bring your 3-minute prose and help us celebrate another great year at DimeStories!



DimeStories November Standouts

Cheryl Sonstein – Patrick of Portland

Ed Coonce – The Discount

Carol Moscrip – The Scary Staircase