During a WSW Open Mic Nights, members and future members read brief excerpts from their prose and poetry. Others attend just to socialize. The purpose is to give writers and poets greater experience in presenting to a live, friendly, and receptive audience. Unlike the process at a “slam,” there’s no judging.

Held the first Tuesday each month, Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, Open Mic will be held at Coffee Park Arts coffee shop inside Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston Salem NC.


Since its inception in late 2005, Open Mic Nights has consistently been one of WSW’s most popular events.

Open Mic Guidelines


  1. Sign-up begins at 6:45PM and ends when 16 readers have signed up.

  2. Only members and guests who are present in person may sign up. WSW members will be given priority

  3. Readings start at 7 p.m.

  4. Readings cannot exceed five (5) minutes including introductory remarks.

  5. We would rather not have to call “time” on anyone, so we recommend strongly that you rehearse your reading to keep it within the five-minute limit.

Join us first Tuesday each month
Coffee Park Arts (coffee shop inside MRCA)
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
SIGN-UP to read begins at 6:45pm.
Readings begin promptly at 7:00pm.