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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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  • *12/01 Writers Networking at the Pearl Hotel Put down your pen and raise your glass! Come find the SDWI sign at our poolside cabana, indulge in happy hour food and cocktail options, and network with other writers in this fun, casual setting. 1st Monday of the month, 5:30-7:30pm SDWI Writers Meet-up at the Pearl Hotel The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans St Free.  Buy your own food ...
  • *12/05 Holiday Party for Writers (Free) Fri, Dec 5, 5-8pm: First Friday / Friday Night Liberty: A Holiday Party for Writers We are inviting all writers and readers and all local writing organizations to share a holiday party with us. Share food and drink and chat. Free.  Open to all. NaNoWriMo writers:  celebrate end of National Novel Writing Month whether you reached your 50,000 word goal or ...
  • *12/12 – 12/13 Christmas Parade and Festival: La Mesa (a special Dime Stories and more) Info on the Event:  http://www.lmvma.com/seasonalevents/christmas-in-the-village.aspx Friday Dec 12:   Christmas Parade At 4:30pm, the event begins and we’ll be in the 5pm parade.  Be sure to come down and wave and clap for your favorite writing organization, San Diego Writers, Ink.  Team Ink, including our Executive Director Kristen Fogle and instructors Jill Hall and Judy Reeves, will be ...
  • 01/11 Writers Read Book Group: Defending Jacob 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 Defending Jacob by William Landay. When: Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 3-5pm Where: The New Ink Spot at NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite ...
  • 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 at Rebecca’s Coffeehouse 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 Tues 7pm: 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.