Orange County CA Open Mic


Well, we have had our last scheduled DimeStories meeting. Who knows what the future will hold, but for now, we are on hold.

You can come back to this site to listen to stories from San Diego and Albuquerque. Or re-listen to some of your favorites from Orange County.

A huge thank you to Nancy Milby for allowing us to use her space both here and in Laguna Beach. It’s been a fun ride. Thanks to all of our story tellers and listeners. You have brightened our days and enriched our lives. We hope we did the same for you.

We had a great time with a rather large group, and there are 5 favorites because the 1st and 3rd place favorites were tied!

If you have a book, article, movie, live performance or any other tout-worthy event, please e-mail, and we will do our best to alert the community. Thanks for 10 great years.

December 2018 DimeStories Stories

Susan Matthewson – “Addiction”

Nicholas Thurkettle – “Miracles and Disasters in Brief”

Pam Tallman – “Traditions Worth Keeping”

Terry Black – “A Real-Life Superhero”

Liz Zuercher – “Mrs. Schlobaum’s Christmas Cookies”

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

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

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:

There are also a plethora of writing contests for every genre of writing through the writer’s magazine – check it out here:

12 Comments to Orange County CA Open Mic

  1. Jo Black says:

    Golly Gee – I’ve not heard of Thee !
    ‘Til Now.

  2. I would like to participate in the next open mike. My book ‘The History of a Safer World’ is published on 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.

  3. JennAlbQ says:

    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

  4. 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!

  5. 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”.

  6. 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”.

  7. Join us from now on at Latitude 33 Bookstore in downtown Laguna Beach.

  8. MMc says:

    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.

  9. We had an awesome debut at Picayo! Great readings, great stories. I am looking forward to our December open mic!

  10. These recordings are fabulous! What amazing talent is happening in Orange County. Bring it on! Can’t wait to hear more.

  11. sqeeto says:

    I want to be recorded. I’m a little buzzy, but nothing a good mic won’t clear up.

  12. Amy Wallen says:

    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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