Orange County CA Open Mic

July 2018 DimeStories Favorites

Thanks to our always present, helpful, and wonderful organizers and helpers: Nancy Milby and her store LCA Wines, Liz Zuercher, Nancy Grossman-Samuel, and our July host Nicholas Thurkettle. Thanks for your always interesting insights including the one about the ampulex wasp (gotta come to get those gems!)

Also a huge thank you to all our readers and listeners for your continual support and imaginative and interesting stories.

This month we are sharing four stories with a tie for our third favorites. All of our stories were really quite wonderful, so please come in August to enjoy each and every one!

Our July favorites were:

Nicholas Thurkettle – “The Elevator Ghost”

Liz Zuercher – “Legacy”

Jennifer Hedgecock – “A Small Condition of Happiness”

Terry Black – “Cecilia’s Granddad and that Weirdness at the Border”

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 August 12th, 2018 during 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.

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–>

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A few things of interest and importance from our writers/readers:

Mike and Tracy Neis’ daughter Karen has a book that she wrote and illustrated called Abul Abass The Elephant. Here is a link where you can support her and our writers.

Also, a short film about writing “The Dinner Scene,” written and directed by one of our favorite writers, Nicholas Thurkettle, will debut on the streaming channel Seed and Spark, a subscription channel like Netflix for independent films starting on November 1st. We’ll keep you abreast.

Finally, you may have heard about RAICES, a campaign that was set up to help raise funds for The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. They hoped to raise $1500 to help some of the immigrants at the border get their children back. The campaign has now raised more than $20 million. If you would like to support them, you can go to this link.

This campaign is mentioned in Terry Black’s story this month.


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 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 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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