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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  • 09/12 Kickoff Party for Fall for Writing: Drusilla Campbell talk Friday, Sept 12, 6-7:30pm:  Celebrate our annual event ($5 suggested donation) Special Guest Speaker:  Drusilla Campbell, author and former Board President of SDWI  Sure to be a special evening. Followed imediately by the Open Mic Prose monthly event (always a packed house) for 3 minute prose:  Dime Stories!
  • 09/12-09/14: Fall for Writing 2014 Come to up to 10 conference sessions for one low preregistration price of $120/members or $140/ nonmembers.   Each class is also available individually (session names are links to more info and you may purchase your individual sessions on each session page if you don’t wish to buy the package deal). Preregister for the conference as a whole ...
  • 09/13 Year in Ink Anthology Reading Sat, Sept 13, 8-9pm Year in Ink Anthology Reading.  Anyone published in any of our annual anthologies can read.  Sign up to read. We will also have the new anthology in. Please sign up to read by emailing programs@sandiegowriters.org. 
  • 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. When: Sunday, September 21, 3-5pm How much: $5 Where: The New Ink Spot at NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.