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Share stories, find community this week and beyond

In this bleak weather and/or bleak world, it’s a good time to find community and create art. Here are some ways to come together (or… squirrel yourself away alone with your creative despair) to create and share stories and art this week:

As Community:

LONG STORY SHORT: Just Lust

Long Story Short is our improv, open-mic style storytelling show. Got a story? Come tell it. No notes, 5 minutes, anyone can sign up. The best approach is to think about how you’d tell your friends the story. And suddenly, a room full of strangers become your friends and hear your secrets.

Saturday, January 21st, 7 PM
San Diego Writers, Ink
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/603679303160081/

VAMP: Law and Disorder

It’s our first VAMP of 2017 and what better way to say goodbye to 2016 and ring in a new era with stories of obedience and disobedience, law and lawlessness, and everything in between? And what happens when the good guys snap and the bad guys save the day? Sometimes law and order save us and sometimes they ruin lives, and sometimes it’s all just terribly embarrassing.

Featuring:
Ari Honarvar, Chris Onderdonk, Ed Farragut, Krisa Bruemmer, Lauren Cusitello, Liam James, and Ryan Hicks

VAMP: Law and Disorder
Thursday, January 26th, 8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044032809057280/

As Writers and Artists:

SUBMIT FICTION TO OUR CONTEST

The first ever So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction: send us your work! The winner will have their story illustrated and published online and in The Radvocate Fifteen. And also get $250. The deadline is 4/30, the entry fee is $10, and the contest judge is Leesa Cross-Smith. Details here: www.sosayweallonline.com/contest

SUBMIT FICTION, NON-FIC, POETRY, ART, WHATEVER TO THE RADVOCATE

The Radvocate, our literary journal, which is a beautiful little book showcasing poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interview, and art from a variety of emerging and established creators. Like you? Send us something. We are currently reading submissions and we want to be devastated by yours. Deadline is 4/30 and Radvocate submissions are always free. Details here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/the-radvocate-re-opens-for-submissions-115/

WRITE WITH US

We offer two free Greenroom Writing Workshops each month, one in San Diego (the first Monday at 7 PM at Words Alive) and one in Chula Vista (the second Tuesday at 7 PM at The Industry). These are FREE, generative workshops, all levels, and totally drop-in. We’d love to see you there.

San Diego, Feb 6th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1795431407383358/

South Bay, Feb 13th: https://www.facebook.com/events/375813066114208/

Become a Member

http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/
The arts needs supporters and friends now more than ever. With federal funding on the chopping block, the future is frightening for creativity and public art. Join us as a sustaining member so that we can continue to do our outreach work, finding and sharing stories from and by people not being heard from. Join us as we create and celebrate the arts and literature. We are so much better with your help, and we need you more than ever. Details: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/membership/

Thank you, and we hope you’ll share stories with us soon.

VAMP: To Grandmother’s House We Go is Thursday 12/29!

Our holiday show! Naughty elves! Lost traditions! Grandmas! Come say good riddance to 2016 with us, and let’s share some stories.

The holidays mean we go home, or maybe we’re the home everyone comes to. Or maybe there’s no home, nobody to come. Sometimes there’s joy. Sometimes there’s loneliness. Sometimes there’s drunk uncles. And sometimes we wonder if we were raised by wolves (dressed in grandmother clothing).

Featuring:
Krisa Bruemmer
Jennifer Campos
Jennifer Coburn
Jessica Friis
Hunter Gatewood
Heidi Handelsman
Justin Hudnall

Produced by Jessica Ripper and Lauren Cusitello.

VAMP: To Grandmother’s House We Go
Thursday, December 29th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
http://www.sosayweallonline.com

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/become-a-member/

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)

DECEMBER – Roots
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/

VAMP Showcase at Friday Night Liberty

Friday Night Liberty – November 4, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Experience all the ARTS DISTRICT has to offer is by attending a FREE Friday Night Liberty art walk. Taking place on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 PM, Friday Night Liberty is San Diego’s biggest FREE monthly art event! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District. Visitors can start their stroll at the Dick Laub NTC Command Center – 2640 Historic Decatur Road and pick up a monthly program and District map. More details here.

Performance
So Say We All, a literary and performing arts non-profit whose mission promotes education, storytelling, performance and publishing features a collection of VAMP favorites, including highly-produced multimedia readings from recent shows. Dick Laub NTC Command Center, Building 200, Room 1. From 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Featuring stories by:

Chris Onderdonk
Eber Lambert
Shauna McKenna
Paul Georgeades
Dustin Marquel
Lara McCaffrey
David Latham

Join us. All-ages, plenty of seats, and FREE!
So Say We All at Friday Night Liberty!
Dick Laub NTC Command Center, Building 200
Liberty Station
2640 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
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It’s 2017 VAMP theme suggestion time!

Send us your show theme suggestions! What kind of show would YOU be interested in attending? What kind of show would you want to write for? Even if it’s a variation of a theme we’ve already done! We want to hear from our audience, our fans, our writers, our coaches, our friends, our friends of friends, our moms, because you’re all so brainy and funny yet tender and have really good taste.

Send us as many suggestions as you want.

Thank you. And here’s to another year of great storytelling.

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If you like what we do at So Say We All, please consider becoming a supporting member.  Membership options for as low as $5 a month!

VAMP: When I’m Sixty-Four is Thursday, 9/29

Our next VAMP storytelling showcase is this Thursday, September 29th, at 8:30 PM at Whistle Stop Bar in South Park.

Aging, relationships, stupidly catchy songs, you name it. Will we be happier when we’re old or will we just keep getting sadder? Come for some stories about the things that happen as we get older, the things that happen to those around us as they get older, and the inevitability of the passage of time.

Featuring:
Amen Ra
Audrey Breay
Chris Onderdonk
Eber Lambert
Frank DiPalermo
Michelle Kerouac
Nancy Cary

Produced by Nichole MacDonald and Eber Lambert.

VAMP: When I’m Sixty-Four
Thursday, September 29th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
www.sosayweallonline.com

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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/become-a-member/

Submissions due 10/2 for VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet!

Send us your work! We want to hear your stories, and we want to see you on our stage.

Submissions for our October VAMP are due this upcoming Sunday night, 10/2, at midnight. The showcase will be Thursday, October 27th at Whistle Stop Bar. The theme? “Skeletons in the Closet.” We hope you have fun with this one.

VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet

What do monsters and our darkest, messiest secrets have in common? They’re hiding away in the closet, tucked beneath the bed, balancing trapeze-style from the rafters and why doesn’t the protagonist ever think to look up?

VAMP: Skeletons in the Closet is a showcase of stories about the things we tuck away, the things we only think about in the thick of night, when nobody is watching, when nobody is around to help. Or maybe you actually did once find some bones hanging up behind your winter coats.

Send us your work!

For submission guidelines and a link to our submissions portal: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/submissions/

Please read our submission guidelines! But if you know the drill, to go straight to our Submittable site, click this pretty little button:
Submit button

 

VAMP: Token is Thursday, August 25th

Our next VAMP storytelling showcase is coming up in less than two weeks! Join us at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park for VAMP: Token on Thursday, August 25th at 8:30 PM.

Sometimes we feel special, unique, and important when we are different from the masses. Sometimes it makes us feel lonely. Sometimes it makes us feel oppressed. Sometimes we are, quite literally, oppressed. And sometimes we seem to be exactly like everyone else but still don’t know how to fit in. Sometimes we feel like we’re just being brought along to be the token [(the list is endless)].

Tokens, in the literal sense, are symbols, representatives, and gestures. Come hear some stories about symbols — people or things. Come hear some stories about being the only one, for better or for worse.

Featuring:
Alejandra Lucero Canaan
Alix Sharp
Emma Lee Whitworth
Jahleh Ghanbari
Jennifer Boots
Lizz Huerta
Michael Billingsley

Produced by Nadia Mandliawi and Trissy McGhee

VAMP: Token
Thursday, August 25th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
www.sosayweallonline.com


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/become-a-member/

Our August Shows

August is for stories: the nights are balmy and it makes us want to be entertained and to entertain each other. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a round-up of our offerings for this month!

Long Story Short: Death and Taxes
Saturday August 20th, 7 PM, San Diego Writers, Ink

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Have you been to Long Story Short lately? We’ve been rocking our new venue, the marvelous Ink Spot at San Diego Writers, Ink in Liberty Station. Long Story Short is the show format that started it all here at So Say We All. Moth-like, true stories, no notes, 5 minute time limit, and anyone can sign up to tell a story. It’s like open-mic night but no Jewel songs. (Unless you have a story about Jewel).

August’s theme is “Death and Taxes.” Come tell us about the certainties in life, or come listen to stories from your community.

Long Story Short is every third Saturday at 7 PM at San Diego Writers, Ink. $5 suggested donation at the door. Sign up when you get there!


VAMP: Token
Thursday, August 25th, 8:30 PM, Whistle Stop Bar

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VAMP is our monthly curated literary storytelling showcase, held each month at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park. We bring you true personal narratives on a theme. August’s theme is TOKEN. Come hear some stories about being the only one.  Stay tuned for the line-up.


Black Candies: A Sweet Night of Horror
Saturday, August 27th, 8 PM, Verbatim Books

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As we labor away on the innards of our upcoming Black Candies women-identifying issue: Gross and Unlikeable, coming this winter, we can’t help but think about our journal of literary horror and dark fiction’s impressive history. And we wanted to share some of that with you! There are three editions of Black Candies published by So Say We All Press: Post-Apocalpyse, See Through, and last year’s Surveillance.

Verbatim Books is a new used and rare bookstore in North Park, and is emerging as a fantastic supporter of the arts, literature (duh), education, and community in San Diego. We’re so excited to be pairing with them for this reading, and hope to have many more like it.


Get some literature, hear some stories, and maybe tell one of your own!


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.


(featured cover image courtesy of Matthew Baldwin)

 

VAMP: Villains is on Thursday!

Come join us for our next VAMP Storytelling Showcase! It’s this Thursday, 7/28, at 8:30 PM at the Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern St. We’re excited to show off a bunch of brand new performers as well as some old timers we haven’t seen on the stage in a long time.

This year, we wanted our Comic-Con season show to be a little more… sinister. Stories about the bad guys, the meanies, the villainous. The ones we never saw coming and the ones we thought would be the problem and ended up surprising us. And sometimes we have to admit that we are the problem.

Invite your friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1418311621519738/

Featuring:
Anna Gasaway
Fidi Mwero
Hunter Gatewood
Jake Arky
Jason Bechtel
Justin Hudnall
Patricia Dwyer

VAMP: Villains
Thursday, July 28th
8:30 PM
Whistle Stop Bar
2236 Fern St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 284-6784
$5 suggested donation
www.sosayweallonline.com


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/become-a-member/

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