Submitting To LTYM? Virgina Duan Has Some Advice.

January 30, 2017

Seven days. I don’t know how it happened, but the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco 2017 submissions window closes in seven days! Whaaaa???!!! It’s time to put quill to parchment, pen to paper, voice to Siri, fingers to keyboard, and bust it out. Believe me, I remember my college days of procrastination essay writing well, and I know how hard it is  to not only make time to tell your story, but to actually figure out how to do it. Have no fear! 2016 Cast Member, Virgina Duan, a Taiwanese American lifestyle blogger who focuses on identity, social justice, religion, homeschooling, Chinese/English bilingual education, parenting, and raising multi-ethnic kids, is here to share her experience. Virginia’s essay last year was so powerful, so touching, it struck a deep chord in me. And she performed it so beautifully, that it’s easy to believe these words came to her without effort. Not so. __________________________________________ […]

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Submissions Are Open! And Some Advice From Yoda.

January 17, 2017

Do or do not. There is no ‘I tried to submit my story.’ There is no “I have such a great story, but I’m not a writer.” There is no “I would love to tell my story, but I don’t know how to perform.” And there is definitely no “I’m scared people won’t be able to relate to my story.” The most beautiful thing about Listen To Your Mother is also the most simple: you do not need to be a writer or a performer, you just need a good story and the desire to share it. And in that very act of sharing, the second most beautiful thing about LTYM occurs: you become less alone in your experience. So don’t just think about submitting your story! Do it! Why should you take the leap? Because everyone has a motherhood story. Maybe it’s about your mom. Or it’s about being a mom. Or […]

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#SanFrancisco Show Date and Call For Submissions!

December 13, 2016

Mark your calendars! LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco is thrilled to announce that our 6th annual show will be on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 13th! Where will our grand finale year take place? The big reveal will be in our next blog post, so subscribe or follow Listen To Your Mother on Facebook! Now, all we need is YOU! Janine, Mary and I are seeking a diverse collection of local writers to read their words about motherhood. People of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to submit their work. Everyone has a mother story, whether you are a mother or not! Not sure where or how to begin telling your story? The LTYM New York City team has some great writing advice HERE. I love this nugget from them: “Remember, we’re not looking for your thoughts on Motherhood, the institution—we’re looking for the story of your Tuesday morning. We’re looking […]

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Listen To Your Mother Returns To the Bay Area For Grand Finale Season!

October 6, 2016

Listen To Your Mother (#LTYM) will return to the Bay Area in 2017 for a 6th year! This marks the grand finale season of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, not just in the San Francisco Bay Area, but nationwide. After eight years from its origin in Madison, Wisconsin with our Founding Director, Ann Imig, this important storytelling movement will follow the old theater adage of “leave them wanting more” and close its curtains for the last time next May. I know I speak for my whole team when I say we  are deeply honored to have a been a part of bringing LTYM to San Francisco. What is LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER? For those who don’t know, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities, […]

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Watch the 5th Annual San Francisco #LTYM show videos on YouTube!

July 14, 2016

Did you miss our Mother’s Day show at The Brava Theater? Now you can watch our stories on YouTube! This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Here in San Francisco, in true #LTYM tradition, hundreds of folks gathered at The Brava to listen to a diverse cast share their humorous, moving, and profound words. You can watch the 2016 San Francisco show by clicking this playlist. With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs, and local sponsors Handcrafted Mindfulness, MV Code Club, Gina Risso Photography, Equator Coffees & Teas, Edward’s Salon and our photographer Ian Tuttle. We also invite you to experience voices from our shows all across North America featuring powerful true stories that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well as stories […]

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