What would you say about motherhood if given five minutes and a microphone? Listen to Your Mother wants to know. Listen to Your Mother Chicago is accepting essays from January 9-22. Listen to Your Mother shows in 38 other cities are now or will soon be seeking submissions for this year’s shows. Click here and find your nearest city to see its specific details.
You don’t have to be a mother. Listen to Your Mother welcomes all perspectives on motherhood from mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, daughters, and sons. Last year my friend Meggan shared her story of transitioning from a dad to a mom. There are so many unique views of motherhood. What is yours?
You don’t have to be writer. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never published anything. You don’t to have a blog either. All you have to be able to do is share your thoughts honestly.
You don’t have to be a performer. Listen to Your Mother pieces are read, not memorized. The rehearsal process is casual and encouraging. The audience is tremendously supportive. Even if you have never been on stage before, you can do this.
If you’ve never seen a Listen to Your Mother Show watch the videos on YouTube. I’m particularly fond of the 2014 Chicago videos, which is where you’ll find my video, but there are so many amazing stories from all cities and all the years that you’re guaranteed to find something good wherever you start clicking.
Inspired? Details for submitting an essay for the Chicago show are here, or click on your nearest show location:
Albuquerque, Anderson, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bangor, Baton Rouge, Boston, Boulder, Charleston, Chicago, Evansville, Indianapolis, Lehigh Valley, Little Rock, Madison, Metro Detroit, Milwaukee, Nashville, North Jersey, Northern Utah,NW Indiana, NYC, Oklahoma City, Orange County, Pittsburgh, Plumas County, Portland, Providence, Raleigh Durham,Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, Southeast Texas, Southwest Michigan, Spokane, St. Louis, Twin Cities, and Washington, DC.
Good luck, and if you don’t end up in a cast I encourage you to attend one of these incredible shows. Each show benefits a local charity.
- Listen to Your Mother Show: Be careful what you wish for
- Why did I decide to audition for this year’s show?
- Listen to Your Mother: The beauty of backstage
- Video: “A Working Mom’s Confession” from Listen to Your Mother
Get notified of new posts by email. Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.
You can also find Kim Z. Dale on Twitter and Google+ and like Listing Beyond Forty on Facebook.