It wasn't your average open mic night.

Amateur and professional writers at The Cedar Tree Cafe in Fredericton Wednesday night shared poems, stories and letters they wrote when they were children.

Jill Mersereau

Jill Mersereau read her childhood predictions for the year 2005, such as phones that hook up to your TV. (CBC)

Jill Mersereau read a time capsule letter she wrote in 1990, when she was 11, with predictions for the year 2005.

"...People living on the moon, phones with the TV hooked up to them," she said. 

"There will no longer be libraries full of books, but they will be full of diskettes. You will be able to take the diskettes home and put them on your computer.

"If Disneyland keeps expanding, by 2005, it will cover most of Florida," read Mersereau.

Mersereau said it was a little scary, but she thought others may be able to relate to what she had written. She got the laughs she was hoping for.

Corey Redekop, a writer, joked about his reason for being there.

"I really get off on humiliation," he said.

"No that's not true. I think it's an interesting thing to go back and re-explore what you've done in the past.

Cedar Tree audience

An audience at Fredericton's Cedar Tree Cafe listens as people read things they wrote as kids. (CBC)

"It's nice to read it and realize, yeah, I actually have gotten better as a writer," said Redekop, who has published two novels, Husk and Shelf Monkey.

In his best Yoda voice and droid whirs and beeps, Redekop read a screenplay he wrote when he was 11, after seeing the second Star Wars movie. 

He called it, "The Jedi's Revenge," not far off from the eventual Hollywood sequel.

"It ain't nearly as good as the film," said Redekop.

"But Yoda's in it ... and there's no Jar Jar Binks, so I think it's actually better than the prequels," he said.

The show was recorded for a new show on CBC Radio called, Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids.

Dan Misener, the show's creator, has been touring the country gathering material. He says while many performers have found it a nice reminder of how different they are today, others have found they haven't changed much at all.

"I've heard people use the word cathartic," said Misener.

"You know, sometimes confronting your teenaged demons on stage is a good way to work some stuff out," he said.

The show airs Wednesday mornings at 9:30 on CBC Radio One and is available on demand on their webpage.