2015 Call for NEW LTYM CITIES!!!

September 3, 2014

Given the steady flow of “How can I bring LTYM show to my city” requests throughout the years, and considering the  success of our 2011 five-city national launch , 2012 ten-city expansion,  2013 twenty-four city boom, and our 2014 thirty-two city season and BOOK DEAL– one thing appears evident: LTYM wants to keep growing. Do you want to grow with us? Born of the blogosphere, LTYM flourishes due to the local leadership of the multitude of creative, entrepreneurial, talented online women who seek the challenges and immeasurable rewards of bringing LTYM home to their city. LTYM believes in hyper-localism: You are the expert in knowing just how to finesse the LTYM process for your specific community audience, with the support of a cohort of other local director/producers around the nation, and facilitated by LTYM National Director Ann Imig, Online Content Manager Stephanie Precourt, New Cities Mentor Melisa Wells, and Business Strategist Deb Rox. […]

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Save The Date! LTYM 2015 Call for NEW CITIES Opens September 3rd!

August 27, 2014
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  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 […]

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Listen To Your Mother BOOK COVER REVEAL!!!

August 11, 2014
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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:   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 […]

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Listen To Your Mother Opens A Microphone at #BlogHer14

August 1, 2014
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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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