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Information Session: Bring Your Moxie To the Mic: A Page-To-Stage Storytelling Workshop

Meet Tarja Parssinen and Janine Kovac of Moxie Road Productions for a free information session to learn more about the upcoming Bring Your Moxie To the Mic: A Page-To-Stage Storytelling Workshop, starting on October 11. Get all of your questions answered in this jam packed hour!

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Join Hivery members, Tarja and Janine for a storytelling workshop aimed at bringing people together and creating real connections. The seemingly simple act of telling a story, and the process of learning how to tell a story to a group of people, creates, in the words of the celebrated Moth storytelling series "empathy, confidence, life perspective, and the rare feeling of being listened to without being interrupted."

Based loosely on the theme "My Bootstraps Broke: Stories of Survival," we encourage you to submit the story that you want to tell! Join us for four weeks of refining your story for the stage, learning different storytelling strategies, and getting comfortable speaking in front of an audience.

The workshop will culminate in an evening event on Friday, November 3 (learn more here) in which participants share their stories in a public show (Workshop Only option also available). Special guest, Ann Randolph, an award-winning Broadway playwright and performer, sought-after keynote speaker, will share her story on stage!

Learn more about the Bring Your Moxie To the Mic: A Page-To-Stage Storytelling Workshop program here.

Please kindly register online before this program. All are welcome! Not a Hivery member yet? Learn more about membership and sign up here.


From live storytelling to thought-provoking panels to publishing books, Moxie Road Productions has a program that will help bring your writing project to life. Founded by Tarja and Janine, Moxie Road Productions is a consulting firm that elevates and empowers women's voices. We help you turn your ideas into an actual product--an essay, a book proposal, a memoir, a storytelling performance. Our programming includes writing retreats and thought-provoking panels, workshops and a story-telling performance series. The consulting arm of our business guides women through the process of querying agents, writing proposals, self-publishing, social media, and the marketing of their work. We help you play to your strengths and tackle your obstacles, set goals and keep deadlines.



Janine Kovac is a metaphorical juggler. A former professional ballerina who danced in Iceland, Italy, San Francisco, and her hometown of El Paso, Texas, she has worked as a database architect, a software engineer, a web maven for San Francisco’s literary festival Litquake, and as a ballet teacher. In addition to Listen To Your Mother, Janine has performed at Literary Death Match, Lit Crawl, Beast Crawl, KQED’s Perspectives, and Litquake’s Barely Published. An avid attendee of writing workshops, she is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Lit Camp, the Mineral School, and Hedgebrook and is the 2016 recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship. Janine's new memoir SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, is forthcoming the Fall from Moxie Road Productions.

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Tarja Parssinen is a writer, performer, producer, and co-founder of Moxie Road Productions. Her written work has appeared in places like The Washington Post, Salon, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, and her own blog, The Flying Chalupa. Tarja also does frequent performances and readings at places like the Cornell University Alumni Comedy Night in New York City, on KQED public radio, at San Francisco’s Lit Crawl, and as a cast member in the Listen To Your Mother San Francisco 2013 and 2016 productions. Tarja's writing has been anthologized in the self-published smash success anthology You Have Lipstick On Your Teeth, the #1 rated book in Humor on Amazon in the summer of 2013, as well as in the e-book from Simon & Schuster, Scary Mommy’s Guide To Surviving the Holidays. In addition, she is a former National Account Sales Manager for Random House, selling books to Barnes & Noble.



Tarja and Janine, as writers, are also storytellers, and they are passionate about bringing people’s stories to life. As co-directors and producers of Listen To Your Mother San Francisco for two and three years, respectively (2015, 2016, 2017), they helped bring dozens of true stories about motherhood before an audience, and are well-versed in helping people take their material from the page to the stage. Tarja’s background in sketch comedy at Cornell University and as a theater teacher to young children, and Janine’s background as a professional ballerina (a form of acting unto itself), allow them to help people connect more deeply with their audience, to inhabit characters, and to use their voice and their body to maximum effect. They could not be more excited to help bring a storytelling workshop to Mill Valley!


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Ann Randolph is  renowned as an award-winning Broadway playwright and performer, sought-after keynote speaker, and beloved teacher. Ann’s trademark is in blending comedic storytelling with transformation, sharing her own truth and then igniting audiences to speak their own. 

Ann and her work have been featured on NPR, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Minneapolis Tribune, Cincinnati Enquirer and the San Francisco Chronicle.  Not just a performer, but also a public speaker, Ann has presented at numerous colleges, summits, and Fortune 500 conferences.  

Ann has regularly shared the stage to teach and present with fellow master teachers, business leaders, and artists including Ken Wilbur, Alanis Morrisette, Michael Franti, Barbara Marx Hubbard, John Gray, John Mackey, Will Ferrell, Maria Bamford, Mo Collins, Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Reverend Michael Beckwith and hundreds more.