Open Mic: Works in Progress

Applause for all. No judgment.

Works in Progress is an open mic for all writers. It is free and open to the public. Read your work, meet other writers, and find out what’s going on in the literary community. Poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs, plays, unclassified, and unclassifiable work of a literary nature are all welcome. Some content not suitable for children or small animals. Listeners are welcome.

What to Expect

The reading begins with the first flight of 13 five-minute reads. A short intermission allows for hobnobbing, restroom visits, and a trip to the bar. Then come back for up to 13 more five-minute reads, capped off by the lightning round at the end.

Slots fill up quickly so register early if you want to be a reader. Generally, there is time for 26 five-minute reads and a lightning round (4 two-minute reads), for a maximum of 30 reads. All readings are time limited. Practice your piece in advance to make sure the chimes don’t go off and the applause doesn’t begin before you’ve finished what you started.


Upcoming Works in Progress

Held the first and third Monday of every month at 7 pm PT

See upcoming open mics



Email us or post a question on the Works in Progress: Hugo House Facebook group.

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Works Gone Virtual

Currently, all Works in Progress events are virtual. Make sure to register to be added to the guest list for the Zoom conference call and specify whether you would like to be a reader or not. You will receive the Zoom link the day of the event.