There's a big sigh of relief once May and June spring into town: it’s the cusp of summer, meaning school is out and one’s mind can take a bit of a breather from the hustle of reading textbooks and having to write essays/creative assignments on a deadline. There are those, however, who end up feeling a sense of antsy-ness for being involved in a community. Although writers can be found in quaint coffee shops (usually with at least two books and a Moleskine notebook by a computer and a fancy bookbag), here are some places writers are more than welcome to gather:
1) San Diego Writers’ Ink: The new location in Liberty Station opened up July 2013, and offers a room for writers on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This opportunity allows writers to get away from their neighborhood distractions and focus on writing in a communal space. After the writing session, one can walk over and support San Diego’s own Stone brewery and treat oneself to a well-deserved meal that starts the weekend off right. If one can’t make it to the free writing times, there are also many workshops and readings offered, which can be found on their events calendar.
2) Glassless Minds: Although in Oceanside, one should make the drive out to Glassless Minds for a workshop in creative writing and spoken word/performance poetry. Glassless Minds also hosts open mic nights on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, and for $5, one can watch emerging spoken word artists show how the writing community is making an impact throughout the nation, as many of these performers have gone on to represent San Diego in the annual National Slam Competition.
3) Museum of the Living Artist: A bottle of wine $5 at the door gets one down the stairs and into the artsy space located in Balboa Park. The Living Artist series always hosts a San Diego artist or writer, and their next reading on August 8th will feature abstract-artist Brenda York alongside Los Angeles-based writer Shawna Kenney. The series recently turned their open mic into a People’s Choice Poem Performance Award, where one can win $50 for performing their work really, really well.
Now go grab a book, a pen, and check these spaces out!