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Events

A Summer AWA Mini-Retreat
Jul
10
9:30 AM09:30

A Summer AWA Mini-Retreat

Looking for your writer's groove?

$95

Tap into your creative subconscious with this three-hour mini writing retreat in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method with Moxie Road Productions, facilitated by Janine Kovac.

Perfect for fiction and memoir writers of all levels.

July 10, 2019

9:30am–12:30pm

The Focus Lab at The Hivery

38 Miller Ave #20, Mill Valley

This class is open to six participants.

Reserve your spot here!

Read more about our Amherst Writers & Artists classes here.

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Bring Your Moxie to the Mic with Hedgebrook and Café Society
Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Bring Your Moxie to the Mic with Hedgebrook and Café Society

This summer Moxie Road brings the spirit of Hedgebrook to you! Co-presented by Café Society.

For the third year in a row, Moxie Road Productions teams up with Hedgebrook, the women's writing collective, for an afternoon of writing, reading, and sharing. Bring your five-minute-piece (800-ish words) to share at our open mic!

At 5 pm, we'll meet for a silent write-in. 

At 7 pm, we'll pick four names out of a hat to join emcee Tarja Parssinen and selected Hedgebrook authors

Read! Write! Drink wine! Buy books!

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Newsletter Master Class
Jul
17
9:30 AM09:30

Newsletter Master Class

Fix the kinks in your newsletter in this special, three-hour, hands-on workshop!

$125

What do you need to have a regular newsletter?

A template, some image-creation savviness, and the time to get it all done.

A regular newsletter is the best way to keep in touch with your audience and grow your following. But getting started and keeping a schedule is a Herculean task.

Enter Moxie Road to the rescue!

In this three-hour class you’ll

  • Learn how to use Canva for easy, free images

  • Make a template for your newsletter

  • Organize your audience

  • Set a plan for regular, consistent correspondence

Best of all, we’ll do the work in the class!

Join us Wednesday, July 17

9:30pm–12:30pm

The Focus Lounge at The Hivery

38 Miller Ave #20, Mill Valley, CA

This class is only open to six participants. Grab your spot today and get the newsletter monkey off your back!

Register here!

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Sarah Townsend with Janine Kovac - Setting the Wire
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Sarah Townsend with Janine Kovac - Setting the Wire

Join me at Book Passage in the Ferry Building for an in-depth conversation with Sarah C. Townsend about her new memoir Setting the Wire.

Cribbed from official description: “A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah C. Townsend’s debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology. Setting the Wire is a visceral reflection on the experience of fragmentation as a young psychotherapist and new mother.”

Buy the book here.

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Bridging: A One-Day Writing Retreat with Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Rosner
Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

Bridging: A One-Day Writing Retreat with Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Rosner

This annual writing retreat brings the radical hospitality of Hedgebrook to the bucolic setting of St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga. Specifically created for woman-identified, non-binary and genderqueer writers, this spectacular event gives each participant her/their own writing space in addition to three meals and breakout sessions ranging from craft talks on fiction (Elizabeth Stark), non-fiction (Christine Hyung-Oak Lee), and poetry (Maw Shein Win) to a yoga class (taught by MRP’s Janine Kovac). The afternoon offers a publishing panel with Brooke Warner, Peg Alford Pursell, Brenda Knight, and that dynamic duo that makes up Moxie Road Productions, Janine and Tarja! The evening concludes with a keynote from Elizabeth Rosner and book sales courtesy of Orinda Books.

Click here for full details and retreat schedule.

Register here.

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ScreenSense Does Sweetwater: Unplugged in Mill Valley (Like Nirvana, Only Less Flannel & More Angst About Fortnite)
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

ScreenSense Does Sweetwater: Unplugged in Mill Valley (Like Nirvana, Only Less Flannel & More Angst About Fortnite)

Phones Down. Looking Up. In Real Life.

From ScreenSense, the Mill Valley resource that's helping people find a healthy relationship with screens, comes an event that asks: What does it mean to stay human in today's digital world? Come hear some of the best musicians, storytellers, and performers in Mill Valley as they share their stories of being either unplugged, overplugged or trying to parent in the age of screens. 

$22 (plus fees) General Admission seating.

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Bring Your Moxie Like a Mother
May
11
5:00 PM17:00

Bring Your Moxie Like a Mother

Moxie Road Productions teams ups with Café Society to bring you a night of stories in celebration of all aspects of motherhood: from being motherless (and finding freedom in it) to finding a mother at age 41.

With Jane Vandenburgh, Tomas Moniz, Regina Louise, Rae’Chel Stanley, Tarja Parssinen, and Shannon Hughes.

Write-in starts at 5pm

Reading starts at 7.

Free!

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Kate Hopper and ModernWell present the 1st annual Motherhood & Words Writing Conference and the 13th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Kate Hopper and ModernWell present the 1st annual Motherhood & Words Writing Conference and the 13th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading

So often in our society, writing by a group of people is lumped together and dismissed. This has certainly been the case with motherhood literature. In 1976, Adrienne Rich began Of Woman Bornwith this: “We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood.” Almost four decades later, we have made progress, yet motherhood literature is still largely ignored, and motherhood memoir, christened “momoir,” is routinely dismissed. But like all great writing, literature about motherhood, is, as Patricia Hampl says about memoir, “an attempt to find not only a self but a world.” Motherhood literature is not about motherhood; it uses motherhood as a lens through which to see the world.

Author Kate Hopper launched the Motherhood & Words Reading in 2007 as a way to highlight motherhood literature. This year, she is thrilled to partner with ModernWell and offer a day-long writing conference for women and mothers interested in deepening their understanding of craft and exploring creative nonfiction in a supportive community of writers.

Featured presenters are Anika FajardoShannon GibneyApril GibsonJanine KovacKate St. Vincent VoglErin O. White, and Wise Ink co-founders, Dara Beevas and Amy Quale.

Anika FajardoApril Gibson and Janine Kovac will be the featured readers for the 13th Annual Motherhood Reading. Join us for this amazing day!

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Litquake's Writers Weekend: The Author Hustle
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Litquake's Writers Weekend: The Author Hustle

This event is part of Litquake’s Writers Weekend at Z Below April 13 and 14 at Z Below in San Francisco.

Click here for the full schedule!

In a world where attention spans are short and reading recommendations are determined by algorithms, how do today's authors find their readership? HarperOne publicist Melinda Mullins, Devi S. Laskar (The Atlas of Reds and Blues; Gas & Food, No Lodging), Hilary Zaid (Paper is White), and Leslie Carol Roberts (Here Is Where I Walk: Episodes from a Life in the ForestThe Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarcticashare their strategies with Litquake's Janine Kovac$20

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Scrivener: Your Toolbox, Not Pandora's Box—Organizing Your Book Manuscript
Apr
6
to Apr 13

Scrivener: Your Toolbox, Not Pandora's Box—Organizing Your Book Manuscript

Saturday April 6 and 13 10AM–12PM at Left Margin Lit

$150

Register

Scrivener is the revolutionary software of choice for many novelists and creative non-fiction writers, and even for a few poets. Though it's a very user-friendly platform, it's still easy to get lost, or to feel that you're not maximizing its capabilities. 

In this hands-on workshop with Scrivener groupie Janine Kovac, you'll learn how to navigate through Scrivener's menus and hidden features. She'll help you find what you need to use for your writing project and how to ignore what isn't useful.

Bring your laptop! Janine will show you how to add, organize, label, and compile your book project efficiently.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students must have Scrivener loaded on their laptops prior to class. Purchase or download your free trial here.

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Moxie Road Productions—Creative Boot Camp
Apr
3
to Apr 24

Moxie Road Productions—Creative Boot Camp

  • The Hivery Focus Lounge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative Boot Camp combines inspiration and support with what all of our students have been craving more of: the time to write and the accountability to get it done.

Each class starts using the Amherst Writers & Artists method to clear the mental clutter and get the juices flowing, followed by time to work on individual projects, and concluding with the group accountability that is the trademark of our Finishing School class.

Every writer credits three things to their success: the spark to begin, the time to work, and the support of community. In offering all three, Creative Boot Camp gives writers the regimen to accomplish their writing goals!

Reserve your spot here or sign up for all four classes.

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Finishing School
Feb
6
to Feb 27

Finishing School

Got a project hanging over your head? Come to Finishing School and get it done!

In this five-week program we'll help you:

  • Outline a project to be completed in one-month

  • Allocate the time and resources to get the work done

  • Work with an Accountability Buddy

  • Find strategies to keep going when the going gets tough

  • Explore the real reason that projects don't get completed

  • FINISH that project by month's end

Devised by Cary Tennis in 2013, "Finishing School" is a workshop, a book, and a support group that exposes the factors that keep us from getting our work done. 

Wednesdays from January 30 to February 27, 2019 (no class February 20) from 10:30 to 12:30pm in the Focus Lounge at the Hivery in Mill Valley.

Class cost of $175 includes a copy of Cary Tennis' FINISHING SCHOOL

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The Science of Sharing
Dec
6
12:30 PM12:30

The Science of Sharing

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Join Janine and Tarja at the Hivery’s Creativity Circle in December!

Collaboration and inclusivity are valuable tools in today’s creative workplace. But unfortunately, much of our messaging uses dated, hierarchical, winner-take-all narratives, which actually leads the brain astray. If you’re seeking the right goal but with the wrong road map, you’ll never arrive.

That’s where cognitive sciences comes in.

Learn basic facts about the brain that demonstrate the link between language and motivation and which problem-solving strategies evoke joy, altruism, gratitude, and kindness.

Key takeaways from this workshop will include:

• Listen to and interpret the creative unconscious

• Identify fear-based narratives and transform them into inspirational roadmaps

• Recognize which colleagues are collaborative soulmates

• Cultivate a healthy work environment that spawns and sustains creativity

As seats are limited, advance online registration is required. Free for members. $30 for non-members. All are welcome!

Reserve your spot here.

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Penngrove Reading Series
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Penngrove Reading Series

Far from a strict literary series, Penngrove Writing Series is a lifestyle. Held every second Sunday evening, writers, readers, and listeners come together to connect and hear each other's works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. This Sunday features Jen Cross of Writing Ourselves Whole, Jan Haag, and Janine Kovac of Moxie Road Productions. Open mic to follow!

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From Brain to Blank Page: Writing at the Pifany
Nov
6
10:00 AM10:00

From Brain to Blank Page: Writing at the Pifany

Looking for your writer’s groove? Join Janine Kovac at the Pifany for a FREE writing workshop using the Amherst Writers and Artists generative writing method. In this two-hour session, we’ll write to prompts that tap into the creative unconscious and help unleash the stories within each of us. You’ll leave inspired, energized, and with the raw material to boost your stories for the next draft. 

Perfect for poets, fiction writers, and memoirists of all levels. 

RSVP at janine@moxieroad.com

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About the Pifany:
The Pifany is a space dedicated to propelling mothers forward in both career and life. We are a company by mothers for mothers, and we believe deeply in the benefits of collective wisdom.

Our goal is to provide a beautiful, safe and inviting workspace where each of our members can thrive. In this space, we work, create, mentor, celebrate triumphs, overcome setbacks, develop business ideas and always, always, pay it forward.

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Lit Crawl SF: Prudes at the Armory Club
Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Lit Crawl SF: Prudes at the Armory Club

Unlock your chastity belt, we're going all the way...six writers take you on their glorious journeys of awkward sexual awakenings!

Join writers and Moxie Road Productions co-founders, Janine Kovac and Tarja Parssinen, as they - ahem! - lay themselves bare. Joining them will be Literary Death Match producer Matthew DeCoster, author Courtenay Hameister, of the newly published book, "Okay Fine Whatever," writer Shannon Hughes, and columnist Justin McCarthy.

For more info and to see the whole Lit Crawl SF schedule, click here: http://sched.co/G35b

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Lit Crawl Seattle: Hedgebrook
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Lit Crawl Seattle: Hedgebrook

Hedgebrook supports visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come.

Join Janine Kovac, Dr. Anu Taranath, and Anna Vodika, each a Hedgebrook alumna, as they head to Barca to share their stories and vision.

https://litcrawlseattle2018.sched.com/event/GcpX/hedgebrook-reading

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Litquake's Pursuit of Publishing: How to Grow Your Own Fan Club
Oct
8
10:30 PM22:30

Litquake's Pursuit of Publishing: How to Grow Your Own Fan Club

  • California College of the Arts, Timken Lecture Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Co-presented by MFA Writing at CCA

Who are your readers and how will you find them? What makes readers buy books? Leave a review? Become a loyal fan? Brad Johnson (East Bay Booksellers), Cynthia Shannon (Chronicle Books) Michelle Jeffers (San Francisco Public Library), and author Nina Schuyler discuss tricks of the trade with moderator Janine Kovac.

Admission includes all four panels. Register in advance to guarantee a seat. A limited number of people will be admitted at the door. Book sales courtesy of Russian Hill Bookstore. $25

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Bring Your Moxie to the Mic with Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change
Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

Bring Your Moxie to the Mic with Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change

This summer Moxie Road brings the spirit of Hedgebrook to you! 

For the second year in a row, Moxie Road Productions teams up with Hedgebrook, the women's writing collective, for an afternoon of writing, reading, and sharing. Bring your five-minute-piece (800-ish words) to share at our open mic!

At 5 pm, we'll meet for a silent write-in. At 7 pm, we'll pick four names out of a hat to join Hedgebrook authors Ingrid Rojas Contreras (FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE), Mae Respicio (THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT), and Janine Kovac (SPINNING: CHOREOGRAPHY FOR COMING HOME.

Read! Write! Drink wine! Buy books!

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Bring Your Moxie Like a Mother
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Bring Your Moxie Like a Mother

Produced by Moxie Road Productions

Celebrate Mother's Day with Moxie's Road's quarterly reading at Kaleidoscope Coffee. Our stellar lineup of readers--Hilary Zaid, Katie Morell, Mindy Uhrlaub, Virginia Duan, Marianne Lonsdale, Sweta Chawla, Tarja Parssinen, and Janine Kovac--will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate motherhood. 

Brought to you by the directors of Listen To Your Mother San Francisco (ahem, Janine and Tarja). 

Come! Listen! Drink wine! Buy books!

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Finishing School
May
2
to May 30

Finishing School

Got a project hanging over your head? Come to Finishing School and get it done before summer melts away all your free time!

Wednesdays in May (5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 and 5/30) from 10:30 to 12:30pm at the Hivery.

For more information on this workshop visit: moxieroad.com

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