Open Mic Night: New Beginnings

Spring is in the air. At least we are telling ourselves the return of the birds and the cold snap Vienna is currently experiencing means the change of seasons is around the corner.  We have decided to celebrate spring and shake off winter by introducing a theme to the Write Now and Creative Cafe Open Mic Night.

For the March 15, 2018 edition of our get together, the theme is New Beginnings.  We will be looking forward to hearing your stories, songs, poems, stand up comedy, and other  creative enterprises in which people start over, get a new job, emigrate to a new country, plant a garden, or rob a grave for the first time.  This is not an inclusive list, we wanted to give you a few examples to get you started on your way!

The host for the night is Young Adult novelist Keith Gray.  Keith is the author of Ostrich Boys, The Fearful, The Last Soldier, and Ghosting amongst others.  He has edited the short story anthologies Losing It and Next.  He wrote about young adult fiction and reviewed new books in The Guardian and The Scotsman newspapers.  Keith has also been a judge on fiction prize panels, including The Guardian Fiction Prize and The Booktrust Teenage Prize.  If you missed the last open mic, Keith led us through anagram puzzles, wore fantastic shoes, and gave us a brief view into the translation of titles.

The Details

We meet in the basement of Cafe Korb.  To cover the cost of the venue, as this is a collective effort, we ask you to contribute €5 to €10.  Performances start around 19:00, and run for approximately two and a half hours.  However, if you are interested in performing 18:45 is when sign up starts.  For those performers who are nervous about getting up on stage, we will be running a short confidence building workshop at 18:15.  

Creative endeavours featuring the theme New Beginnings will be given preference in the performance order.

As this is a joint endeavour between Creative Cafe and Write Now Vienna we have a number of performers.  We ask that you stick to these rough time guidelines so many people get a chance to participate.

  • poetry (max 5 minutes reading time)
  • short story (max 2000 words)
  • novel excerpt (max 1500 words)
  • song (max 5 minutes)
  • stand-up comedy (max 5 minutes)

Bring your stories, songs, comedic acts, novel excerpts, poetry, and whatever else can be written on paper and join us for a fun filled and supportive evening.  We hope to see you there.


Monday 23rd October – Open Mic and Social Meeting

Please join us for a fun filled evening of readings and socializing. Meet friends, or make new ones! This season we are very excited to expand our open mic to include stand up comedians and songwriters so if you have some material you want to test out on a fantastic crowd, don’t hesitate!

Come along and meet other creative people, take the stage, or simply sit back and enjoy the performances.

The open mic will be open for the following performances:

· poetry (max 5 minutes reading time)

· short story (max 2000 words)

· novel excerpt (max 1500 words)

· song (max 5 minutes)

· stand-up comedy (max 5 minutes)

Location: Café Korb, Brandstätte 9, 1010 Vienna ( 2 minute walk from Stephansplatz)

Date: Monday 23rd October

Time: 7.00pm to around 9.30pm

Cost: We kindly ask for between €5 and €10 contribution to cover the venue hire

For performers:

If you would like to perform on the night, please arrive at 6.45pm to put your name on the list. Please keep in mind the time / word count for performances.

We look forward to seeing you!

Open Mic

20150122_202840On Thursday evening at Café Korb in Vienna, Write Now hosted our first Open Mic. Kicking off just after 7.00pm, we heard an eclectic mix of poetry, short stories, and one or two fiction and non-fiction book excerpts. Ten members and guests took to the stage before a sizeable audience. Everything from romantic love to brutal death was covered.

Unlike a strictly poetic open mic, many of the pieces were extended, and demanded prolonged audience attention. Sitting up front, I could gauge reactions: people were engaged, dare I say, engrossed. There was plenty of enthusiastic applause. Congratulations to everyone who read—your stories made for an entertaining and memorable evening. Thank you also to everyone who attended—your company was appreciated and we hope you enjoyed listening.20150122_211316

Our first open mic ended on a high note. We’re already talking about another one, likely in the spring. With all the other association events coming up—workshops, retreats, monthly meetings, etc.—its a busy year. Still, if members would like to have another open mic we’ll make it happen. Let us know your thoughts: Would you like another open mic?