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LTYM Atlanta 2014 Cast photo by From The Hip photography

 

Mark your calendars! Next Wednesday September 3rd, LTYM will open the call for new cities hoping to host a show for our 2015 season.

What is Listen To Your Mother? LTYM is a national reading series founded by Ann Imig and hosted in 35 cities and counting since 2010. LTYM shows are directed, produced, and star YOU and others from your community reading your own original writing about motherhood (being a mom, not being a mom, having a mom, not having a mom, losing a mom, finding a mom, ALL THINGS MOTHERHOOD!) live on stage in celebration of Mother’s Day. All LTYM shows are video-recorded and uploaded to our LTYMShow YouTube channel, which features over 1000 stories from our prior shows. LTYM also raises awareness and funds for local non-profits supporting women and/or families in need. We’ve raised over $50,000 for charitable causes as a national project to date!

You don’t need to be a mom, or a professional writer. You don’t need to have ever directed, produced, or been on stage in your life to host a show. You do need an active presence in your real life and online communities, and an enormous desire to make this project a success.

Is Producing/Directing For You?

Your primary motivation needs to be that you want to give voice to stories in your community. You will receive lots of great personal/professional benefits from your role, but the primary mission of Listen to Your Mother is to offer your community an amazing show featuring writers celebrating motherhood, that also raises awareness and funds for a local non-profit cause supporting women and/or families in need.

As always, LTYM has no quota to fill for a total number of cities in 2015. The majority of our cities will return for another season, but part of LTYM’s mission involves bringing LTYM to as many diverse,  new communities as we can include with the guidance of our national team and support of our infrastructure, while simultaneously honoring the quality and integrity of the project.

Listen To Your Mother 2015 is going to be our biggest season yet, featuring more shows in more cities than ever before, directed, produced, and featuring more talent than ever before, generating hundreds of new stories, and including the launch of our anthology arriving April 7, 2015 (already available for pre-sale on Amazon, IndiBound, and iTunes).

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Interested in learning more? Come back Wednesday for more details, when applications become available. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss any updates!

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Listen To Your Mother BOOK COVER REVEAL!!!

by Ann on August 11, 2014

On July 31st I turned in the final manuscript for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What she said then, what we’re saying now. After four official drafts and several more unofficial drafts preceding those, receiving an email from my editor Liz from Putnam, congratulating me on a completed manuscript, gave me an unexpected high.

The challenge of considering hundreds of LTYM essays–figuring out which stories effectively translated from the stage for an audience, back to the page for a reader, while at the same time curating the diversity of author, theme, moms and non-moms, humor and heart– well, it proved even more daunting than I could’ve imagined.

That evening a package arrived at my door. I opened it to find this:

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A real-live book jacket, which will contain the LTYM book available April 7, 2015 (and already available from G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin, for pre-order on Amazon). I can’t wait to share the list of contributors with you soon. Most of all, I can’t wait for the book that goes in this jacket, that will allow us to hold a piece of LTYM in our hands, as well as in our hearts and memory.

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 Many thanks, once again, to my agent Elizabeth Kaplan, who emailed me 18 months ago with “I think there’s a book here.” She and Liz Stein of Putnam have ushered me through this whole process, lending me so much time and expertise. Also, thank you to my life-saver/assistant extraordinaire, Danielle Joyce, whose keen eyes and quick fingers helped format and re-format and pagebreak and re-paginate ad nauseum.

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Listen To Your Mother Opens A Microphone at #BlogHer14

August 1, 2014

BlogHer refers to their Voices of The Year #VOTY community keynote–when 12 bloggers grace the stage to read their own writing–as the heart of their annual conference. As part of their support of Listen To Your Mother, BlogHer enables us to extend that opportunity–and that beating heart– to more bloggers with our Open Mic that immediately follows the highly-anticipated Friday evening #VOTY. Where as #VOTY requires a submission process in advance of the conference, BlogHer collaborates with LTYM to allow for our “walk in the door, throw your name in the hat” opportunity to claim five minutes in the spotlight–your words, out loud, in front of an audience of fellow bloggers.                 The event requires so little due to its simplicity: a podium, a microphone, a laptop and projector, some tables and chairs for the audience, and a few friendly faces to keep the event flowing […]

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LTYM Directors and Producers Take The Stage

July 15, 2014

One of the first comments people make to me when I tell them about Listen To Your Mother is “You should bring the tour to my town!” Then I explain as succinctly as possible that LTYM is a grass-roots movement of original shows–all different from one another– rather than a tour of a play, and that cities interested in hosting a show fill out an application in the fall. When people email me for an application, it comes with a comprehensive and very direct letter about what the process of hosting an LTYM show looks like. For example (taken directly from application): This will be a lot of work. A lot. Of work. Bringing an LTYM show to your community will very likely challenge you to work in areas you might never have even considered: making casting decisions among friends and strangers, finding and negotiating with venues and subcontractors (videographer, photographer, etc), publicizing […]

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The 2014 Listen To Your Mother Videos Are Here!

July 9, 2014
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  Big thanks to LTYM video sponsor CollegeSavingsChillout.com by T. Rowe Price!  Watch the 2014 videos on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel or choose a playlist by clicking on a city below: Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Boston • Boulder • Charleston • Chicago • DC • Denver • Indianapolis • Kansas City •Little Rock • Madison • Metro Detroit • Milwaukee • Nashville • North Jersey • Northern Utah • Northwest Indiana • NYC • Oklahoma City • Plumas County • Portland • Providence • Raleigh-Durham • Sacramento • San Francisco • Southeast Texas • Spokane • St. Louis • The OC • Twin Cities

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