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Call for submissions for our new student-led partnerships in the South Bay!

So Say We All is collaborating with three groups of seniors at High Tech High Chula Vista on their final projects to design, engineer, and host a reading series in the South Bay, which will consist of three different nights throughout March, April and May.

The themes range from high school stories (struggles, relationships, trouble, etc), unexpected moments, and first times, and we hope for both readers and audience alike to be able to connect through their own unique stories. Submit to readingwithcv@gmail.com, with subject heading corresponding to chosen theme/prompt (1,460 Days, Wasn’t Expecting That!, or First Times).

1460 DAYS

Thursday, March 15
6:00 PM
2088 Otay Lakes Rd.,
Chula Vista, CA 91915

Tell us about your amazing and or terrible experiences in high school! (1460 days is the number of days you spent inside the walls of your high school).

Submission guidelines:
– 1200 – 1500 words
– Submit to readingwithcv@gmail.com, with subject heading “1,460 Days”
– Include name and contact info


Do you remember your first love? First kiss? First party? First loss? First heartbreak? Share a memorable first with us and submit your story.

Project ReVision is partnering up with SSWA to create a reading series in the South County area.

Write a story between 6 to 8 minutes long talking about any of your first experiences. Submission deadline is March 16th 2018. You must send your story to readingwithcv@gmail.com. Must Include: Your name, The theme you wrote for, and your story.

Performances will take place on April 19th, 2018 at 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

We will be having the chosen people perform at Project Reo Coffee Shop, in 2335 Reo Dr. San Diego, CA 92139.

Life is full of firsts and we want to hear yours.


Wasn’t expecting that!: Did your SO buy you a puppy? Did your friend tell your deepest secret? Was it dad who ran over the cat? Every relationship has its ups and downs, but sometimes you’re thrown in for a loop! Tell us what happened. Tell us how it affected your relationship.

Requirements: Your story needs to meet a word count of 1200 to 1500 words.

Submittal Process: Please include your name and contact information.

Submit your stories by email at readingwithcv@gmail.com with the Subject Heading “Wasn’t Expecting that!”

We look forward to reading your stories!

Submission Date: April 1st
Event Day: May 9th
Where: Onstage Playhouse 291 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Time: 7-9 p.m.

We hope you’ll join us for these shows!

If you like what we do at So Say We All, and would like to support our education, performance, and publishing programming year-round, please consider becoming a sustaining member for as little as $5 per month.

Introducing THE WHOLE ALPHABET, a new LGBTQ+ collaboration

To kick off our new LGBTQ+ collaborative project, “The Whole Alphabet,” a partnership with Mission Hills UMC, we are celebrating, connecting, and creating together with a brand new Salon and Writing Workshop.

Salon and Writing Workshop
Saturday, January 20th
3-5 PM
Babycakes Hillcrest
3766 Fifth Ave

RSVP required (simple google form)

Our performers will present a few stories to entertain you and inspire you, and then facilitate a group discussion, some craft instruction, and some generative free writing time to prepare your own submission for an upcoming LGBTQ+ showcase. And of course, there’ll be cake.

About The Whole Alphabet
The Whole Alphabet is a queer writing and storytelling network, developed in partnership with Mission Hills United Methodist Church and So Say We All. We develop and share personal stories to connect with, inspire, entertain, and mobilize our San Diego neighbors. We believe everyone has a story worth hearing. Our values and interests include the queer experience, faith and spirituality (or lack thereof), innovation, leadership, and social justice. Our writers and storytellers determine how we do what we do. The Whole Alphabet is a countervailing force against the toxic and tired political polarization in our country.

Stay tuned for more.

If you like what we do at So Say We All, a literary nonprofit, please consider becoming a sustaining member for as little as $5 per month. Details here.

Our 2018 Long Story Short themes!

Long Story Short offers a populist platform for anyone, and we mean anyone, to join us and tell a story, without notes, for five minutes or less on a different theme every month. No RSVP necessary, just check the schedule for the next event and show up ready to sign-up and share! It’s a great place to come and meet people, with an extraordinarily welcoming environment and supportive people genuinely curious to hear true stories from strangers in their community, whether funny, painful, practiced or off the cuff.

Long Story Short is the third Saturday night of every month, held at The Ink Spot at San Diego Writers, Ink, located in Liberty Station.

Doors: 7:00 P.M.
Show: 7:30 P.M.

The Ink Spot
San Diego Writers, Ink
2730 Historic Decatur Rd #202
(NTC at Liberty Station, Barracks 16, upstairs)
San Diego, CA 92106
$5 suggested donation

Check out our themes for 2018! Each theme is designed to complement the following month’s VAMP theme – just in time to submit a story to VAMP if you were inspired by Long Story Short.

Long Story Short 2018

January 20th
Just Lust

February 17th

March 17th
Beast Mode

April 21st
Working Stiffs

May 19th
Them’s Fightin’ Words

June 16th
Scorned, Scorched, and Scarred

August 18th

September 15th

October 20th

November 17th
Cold Turkey vol. 4

December 15th
Holidays, Schmolidays

Our 2018 VAMP Showcase Themes!

We are delighted to announce our fresh, screaming bundle of joy: THE 2018 VAMP SHOWCASE THEMES.

We have had a fantastic year with you all. We wallowed in the awful news cycle, but we found not just solace but challenge and understanding in the stories shared on our stage. And we want to do more of it next year. 2017 happened because of the vital support of our members and donors, so please help us ensure that all of these stories can be heard in 2018. Learn more here: www.sosayweallonline.com/membership.

And don’t miss our final show of 2017: VAMP: Roots on December 28th at Whistle Stop Bar. Because after that, we kick off 2018:

JANUARY – Party Foul
show date: January 25th, 2018
(submission deadline: December 31st, 2017)

FEBRUARY – Dirty Talk: The Fetish Show
show date: February 22nd
(submission deadline: January 29th)

show date: March 29th
(submission deadline: March 4th)

APRIL – Off Leash
show date: April 26th
(submission deadline: April 1st)

MAY – Inside Jobs
show date: May 31st
(submission deadline: May 6th)

JUNE – Let’s Dance
show date: June 28th
(submission deadline: June 3rd)

JULY – Weird Science
show date: July 26th
(submission deadline: July 1st)

AUGUST – Burned
show date: August 30th
(submission deadline: August 5th)

show date: September 27th
(submission deadline: September 2nd)

show date: October 25th
(submission deadline: October 7th)

NOVEMBER – Will It Fit?
show date: November 29th
(submission deadline: November 4th)

DECEMBER – Home For The Holidays
show date: December 27th
(submission deadline: December 2nd)

Thanks again for such a great year. Thank you for telling your stories, for sharing in stories as a listener, and for being part of this community. Thank you for your support as friends and members. This year, and as we look ahead to 2018. Let’s do this.

To support the work of So Say We All throughout the year, please consider becoming a sustaining member for as little as $5 per month. For details, visit www.sosayweallonline.com/membership.

VAMP: Teeth is this Thursday night!

Our October VAMP showcase is this Thursday night! The theme is TEETH.


We eat with them, which is a good thing, so doesn’t that mean teeth should be good things? But when our bones are on the outside of our bodies, they can be the stuff of nightmares. Biting, fangs, dentists, drills, pliers, root canals, fetishes, supernumeraries… it’s all real life body horror. And we’re not the only creatures who have teeth.

We’ll spare you all the bite/chew on/grind/digest/brush up on puns. J/K. Take a sharp and minty bite out of this toothsome line-up!

Elaine Gingery
Ellen Wright
Julia Dixon Evans
Kevin Manly
Louise Julig
Milo Schapiro
Ryan Hicks

Produced by Jen Stiff and Ryan Bradford

VAMP: Teeth!
Thursday, October 26th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider supporting us and becoming a member. Details on our membership page here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/

Walk N Roll: A neighborhood storytelling collaboration with Circulate SD in Barrio Logan!

Announcing a new project with our friends at Circulate San Diego: Walk N Roll. We want to hear stories about neighborhoods for an evening of storytelling in Barrio Logan. What makes your neighborhood great? What sets it apart? What definitive moments have happened to you there? What does your neighborhood mean to you? Tell us about the heartbreaks, the bad decisions, the mistakes, the meals you shared with lost friends. Tell us about your home. Tell us a story.

The show is Wednesday, August 9th from 7-9 PM at Ryan Bros Coffee (1894 Main St) in Barrio Logan.

Send us your personal narrative stories, roughly between 1000-2000 words, though we will consider shorter or longer works. Try us!

If your story is accepted into this collaborative project, you’ll receive one-on-one feedback from an editorial writing coach, participation in a group critique session, and one-on-one performance coaching from our So Say We All teaching artists, and then perform your story at a collaborative event.

Submit here: https://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/submit/89511/walk-n-roll-barrio-logan-and-elsewhere-neighborhood-storytelling-project

For our general submission guidelines, read this: www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions

We look forward to reading your work and seeing you on our stage!

If you like what we do at So Say We All, a literary nonprofit, please consider becoming a supporting member here: www.sosayweallonline.com/membership.

VAMP: Living With Sin is Thursday June 29th

Our next VAMP storytelling showcase is coming up on Thursday, June 29th at 8:30 PM at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park. You can always find us there the last Thursday of every month, to tell you our favorite stories based on a theme, selected blindly from a competitive field of submissions and workshopped, edited, and coached throughout the month. And this month’s theme is LIVING WITH SIN.

We all do it. Every last one of us is a sinner somehow. Some of our sins are private, some are pretty obvious, and sometimes we only sin in the eyes of a select few opinionated groups. Or maybe it’s something to do with, like, a god or something.

Whether our sin is worthy of a GOD HATES XYZ sign at a parade or whether it’s just worthy of decades of repression and quiet misery (or…pleasure?), we’re here to tell the stories.

Frank DiPalermo
Joe Fejeran
Hunter Gatewood
Tenley Lozano
James McCullock
Milo Schapiro
Jennifer Stiff

AND for the second time this year, we are so excited/humbled/near-fainting to have a show produced by the dream team of Skyler McCurine and Jonathan Hammond

[live show image credit: Matt Baldwin]

VAMP: Living With Sin
Thursday, June 29th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation

If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider supporting us and becoming a member. Details on our membership page here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/

[poster image: Charles, Geoff, 1941, copyright National Library of Wales]

“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” at Diversionary Theatre!

Long Story Short Presents: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Saturday May 13th at Diversionary Theatre

So Say We All’s Long Story Short presents an evening of curated, live, unscripted storytelling. Stories told the old fashioned way. No notes.

These stories, on the theme of “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” are selected and workshopped versions of some of our favorite stories to appear on our Long Story Short stage over the years. Join us at Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box for some very fine stories!

Michael Billingsley
Kirk Faulkner
Paul Georgeades
Suzanne Hoyem
Chris Onderdonk
Caty Schmitter

with host: David Latham.

Tickets: $8 advance ($10 at the door)
MEMBER DISCOUNT: $5 advance ($8 door)
(Members, you should receive a discount code in your email! If you are not yet a member and you’d like to support and sustain the work we do, you can become a member here for as little as $5 per month!)

Saturday, May 13th

7:00 PM
Diversionary Theatre’s Black Box
4545 Park Blvd, #101
San Diego, CA 92116

Announcing our 2017 VAMP Themes!

Dear 2017, we might not be ready for you, but here you are anyway. And here are some themes for our monthly VAMP storytelling showcases to help us survive the year (somehow). Tell your stories. Send them to us.

JANUARY – Law and Disorder
show: January 26th 2017
(submission deadline: 1/1/17)

FEBRUARY – Dirty Talk: Swipe Left
show date: February 23rd, 2017
(submission deadline: 1/29/17)

MARCH – Lost In Translation
show date: March 30th, 2017
(submission deadline: 3/5/17)

APRIL – Putting the Fun in Funeral
show date: April 27th, 2017
(submission deadline: 4/2/17)

MAY – Almost Famous
show date: May 25th, 2017
(submission deadline: 5/7/17)

JUNE – Living With Sin
show date: June 29th, 2017
(submission deadline: 6/4/17)

JULY – After the Disaster
show date: July 27th, 2017
(submission deadline: 7/2/17)

AUGUST – Happy Meals
show date: August 31st, 2017
(submission deadline: 8/6/17)

SEPTEMBER – Roommates
show date: September 28th, 2017
(submission deadline: 9/3/17)

OCTOBER – Teeth!
show date: October 26th, 2017
(submission deadline: 10/1/17)

NOVEMBER – Ride Overshare
show date: November 30th, 2017
(submission deadline: 10/29/17)

show date: December 28th, 2017
(submission deadline: 12/3/17)

Send us your stories. We want to hear from you.

For submission guidelines and other tips and stuff, read our submissions page, and click on the blue SUBMIT button.

If you like what we do at So Say We All and want us to keep doing more of it, please support our winter fundraiser here: https://fundrazr.com/b1BZO3?ref=ab_44m6s5

Or consider coming a sustaining member for as little as $5 per month: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/

High Tech High Chula Vista Storytelling Exhibitions!

Our project with High Tech High Chula Vista, now in its second year, is culminating in the next few weeks with a series of evenings of storytelling. The students have worked all semester on writing, storytelling, biology, art, and discovering their power within, and wil present short, powerful, beautiful personal narratives at our collaborative exhibition.

So Say We All is proud to have worked with these students, this project, and the school. We can’t wait to see the performances.

Please join us at The Industry in Chula Vista:

Friday, December 2nd, 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 6th, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 7th, 6:30 PM
Thursday, December 8th, 6:30 PM
Monday, December 12th, 6:30 PM

The Industry is located at 871 Harold Place, Chula Vista, CA 91914

Each evening will feature a small group of student performances and the exhibition of their accompanying art.


So Say We All is in the midst of our winter fundraising campaign. If you like the work we do in our education programs, performance, or publishing projects, please consider donating here, or becoming a sustaining member.