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

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



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