Readings & Special Events

Whether we’re scheduling the publication party for a local author’s new book, chartering a bus to take us to the LA Times Festival of Books, or celebrating the seasons, Inksters know how to make an event special. We believe in collaboration and look for creative ways to partner with other organizations to present unique and stimulating programs for the larger community. The Ink Spot offers a warm and welcoming spot for readings, large and small, and we also hold readings at other venues – the Poetry Bench in Balboa Park, on the stage at Lestat’s, and Rebecca’s in South Park to name a few.

Readings and Special Events:

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  • 09/21 Writers Read Book Club: Digging to America by Anne Tyler Writers Read Book Group SDWI is pleased to bring writers and readers together to discuss selected books every four to six weeks on a Sunday afternoon. Our next selection is Digging to America by Anne Tyler.  BUY IT FROM OUR AMAZON STORE When: Sunday, September 21, 3-5pm How much: $5 Where: The New Ink Spot at NTC at Liberty Station, ...
  • 09/27 Drusilla Campbell’s Novel “In Doubt” Presented as Reader’s Theatre by the Poolhouse Project Come celebrate the publication of Drusilla Campbell’s latest novel, IN DOUBT, which will be presented as Reader’s Theatre by the Poolhouse Project, a troupe of actors directed by SDWI’s Executive Director Kristen Fogle. There’ll be an abundance of refreshments and music and the author herself will be on hand to sign books, which will be available for ...
  • 10/06 Reading with Timothy Gager and friends Timothy Gager is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan, is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over twelve years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 250 journals and ...
  • 10/27 Late Night Write on 3rd Fridays of month Late Night Write: Starting Oct 17, we will have a late night write on the 3rd Friday of the month, from 7-11pm (free to members, $5 for nonmembers). Time to write plus wine and light snacks (add to the festivities by bringing your own snack to share). This is a special Room to Write not to be ...
  • 1st Fridays: Friday Night Liberty Open House (Free get together) As part of Friday Night Liberty (a monthly event at Liberty Station), we hold an open house from 5-8pm on the first Friday of every month. It is a time to see the artwork on our walls, talk to fellow writers, snack on a few treats, and hang out at the Ink Spot.  Also, check out ...
  • 2nd Fridays: Monthly DimeStories Open Mic for Prose at the Ink Spot Love to write? Of course you do. Like to perform? That’s a rhetorical question. Want to share your stories with other writers? Why am I even asking? Dime Stories are 3-minutes stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny. They’re heart-rending. Fictional or factual, they’re always true. Bring your Dime Story to read to a ...
  • 3rd Tuesdays: Poetic Brew Open Mic A Poetry Open Mic with the flavor of San Diego’s original Poetic Brew, set in the warm and friendly venue of Rebecca’s Coffeehouse in South Park . Read up to 3 poems or for 3 minutes and 33 seconds. There’s sure to be some of your favorite locals reading, plus a different feature poet each ...
  • Weekly Tuesday Fiction Cohort with T.C. Porter T.C. Porter’s Fiction Cohort brings writers together for the long haul, amassing material for book-length fiction projects. Each week participants gather for writing prompt, read and critique and guided conversations on fiction craft, publishing and the writing life. To leverage our time together, reading of others’ work may be done outside class; craft notes will ...
  • Weekly Wed 10AM (Not) Dead (Yet) Poet’s Society   Join us on Wednesdays from 10-12pm for the (Not) Dead (Yet) Poet’s Society, led by Anna DiMartino and Ron Salisbury. We will have a lively discussion on a contemporary piece of poetry, work from a writing prompt, writing for a short time (10-15mins), and we’ll read/critique participants’ work (if they would like). Participants are encouraged ...

Ongoing Open Mics

  • DimeStories Open Mic — First Friday of every month
  • Poetic Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading — Third Tuesday of every  month at Rebecca’s in South Park.  Bring three poems for the open mic or just listen with host Eber Lambert.