San Diego November Spotlight!

Posted by: | Posted on: December 10, 2020


(Our next DimeStories is December 11; 7:00 Pacific.  For virtual link:

Judy Reeves: Prologue-The Apartment, The Mice


Bernie Nofel: Open It Up, Let’s See What’s Inside the Box


June Cressy: A Hole Full of Sorrows


Ed Coonce: Nanninga (He explains what that is!)

San Diego September DimeStories Standouts and More

Posted by: | Posted on: October 29, 2020

Our StandOuts from our Virtual Open Mic:

Friday, September 11 are Frank Palermo, Tish Fredricks, and Carrie Danielson.

Watch and enjoy!  We meet virtually the second Friday of every month!

Frank Palermo:  The Buick on my Chest

Tish Frederick: Reflex

Carrie Danielson:   Gray

San Diego DimeStories August Open Mic

Posted by: | Posted on: August 10, 2020

San Diego DimeStories

Virtual Open Mic

Friday, August 14, 7:00pm

Pacific Time

via Zoom

Email: for the link

Join us to honor two members we lost this month:

John Van Roekel and Don Ryan



Virtual DimeStories on the road with San Diego Writers Festival!

Posted by: | Posted on: June 15, 2020


Join us for Virtual DimeStories June 27, 5:00 p.m. as part of the Virtual San Diego Writers Festival!

From SDWF: For the last 15 years, DimeStories San Diego has worked to provide as many opportunities as it can for authors of tiny tales to read their stories to a live audience. If you fear rejection, but want to hear applause–this open mic is for you.  All stories will be recorded and some will be selected by the curators to be posted on the DimeStories and San Diego Writers Festival websites so that you can amaze and delight your pals.

From DimeStories: INSTRUCTIONS!

San Diego DimeStories is excited to join San Diego Writers Festival via Zoom,  Saturday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m.  DimeStories are three-minute prose stories read by the author.  All genres welcome as well as all ages and experience levels.  DimeStories is for pure enjoyment of the written word, no comments, no critique, we are here to support and applaud.

  1. Get your stories polished and timed. (We are strict about three minutes!)
  2. Between Friday, June 26th and June 27th, check the San Diego Writers Festival website:
or the DimeStories website  and find access to the Zoom link. 
  1. The first fifteen to sign in will read.
  2. If you don’t want to read but want to join us PLEASE DO! Listen at:

Thanks to San Diego Writers Festival for inviting DimeStories to join such a great event.  We look forward to “seeing” you and hearing San Diego’s writers share their 3-minute prose.

CANCELED San Diego March DimeStories CANCELED; ENJOY February StandOuts!

Posted by: | Posted on: March 11, 2020


Friday, March 13! CANCELED

San Diego Writers, Ink; Liberty Station; 
6:30 Sign Ups - 7:00 Readings;
3-Minute stories read by the author; LISTEN AND ENJOY!

Congratulations to our February DimeStories StandOuts!

Mark Drozda – Cupid’s Crisis

Tom Waldron – Helpless and Radiant

June Cressy – One Last Time

Don Ryan – Water and the Holy Ghost

San Diego DimeStories February Open Mic

Posted by: | Posted on: February 7, 2020

Join Us!

Listen to January StandOuts Below

Friday, February 14, 2020               

       Guest Host:  Richard Diaz!

I grew up in Joliet, IL (as in Joliet Jake of The Blues Brothers) and migrated to Chicago.

Fiction growing up? The Bible, Sunday comics, Verne, Poe, The Adventures of Tin Tin, …

Did time in the pastor’s office: something about questioning the teachings in bible school.

In middle school played hooky. Afternoon matinees. Learned the power of Story. Bonnie and Clyde: a fragile love story told in violent images and sounds.

Afterwards I drifted toward non-fiction:

HS science teacher

Science textbook asst. editor

Medical copy editor —AMA

Environmental health inspector and manager (tons of manuals, guidance docs, policies, procedures, etc).

Did a summer at Time in Manhattan on a paid fellowship, Mass Media Science Writing, sponsored by the AAAS.

Fun, but still no fiction until I ran into DimeStories.

I had held off some months on reading much like a baseball player scouting opposing pitchers. Better come with your A-game.

Wonderful venue.

Time: 6:30 p.m. Sign Ups: 7:00 p.m. Readings
Location: San Diego Writers, Ink; Liberty Station
3-Minute prose read by the author
Come read and listen or just listen!

Congratulations to our January DimeStories StandOuts

 Bonnie Bishop – Two Hands

 Josh Baxt – Endless Blue Sky (Excerpt)

 Lawrence Johnson – Cold Knight Fog

Tracey W. Andreae – Florence and Fluffy Go for a Walk



TONIGHT! January 10, 2020 DimeStories Open Mic

Posted by: | Posted on: January 10, 2020

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