Ideasmyth Presents: Booked Breakfasts at The Writers Room with The Moth’s Catherine Burns, James Braly, Andy Christie, and Jenifer Hixson




8:30am at The Writers Room
740 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10003


Former Ideasmyth Clients

Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth and editor of The Moth Anthology

& Moth Anthology Contributors

James Braly, Moth GrandSLAM Winner and author of Life in a Marital Institution

Andy Christie, Moth GrandSLAM Winner and Impressario of The Liar Show

Jenifer Hixson, Senior Producer at The Moth


When:          Friday, November 15, 2013 @ 8:30 – 10 am

Where:        The Writers Room: 740 Broadway, 12th Floor btw. Astor and Waverly Places, New York, NY 10003

Closest subways: 6 to Astor or N/R to 8th Street/NYU

Tickets:        FREE but RSVPs are required via our website CONTACT page:


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Ideasmyth Presents: Booked Breakfasts at The Writers Room

A cuppa joe and brainfood to go!

New York, NY (October 17, 2013): Ideasmyth  continues its Booked Breakfast series of casual book-club-meets-book-signing events with a breakfast featuring The Moth Anthology. Participants will include former Ideasmyth clients, including Catherine Burns, Artistic Director at The Moth and editor of the anthology, as well as Moth anthology contributors James Braly, author of Life in a Marital Institution, Andy Christie, impressario of The Liar Show, and Jenifer Hixson, Senior Producer at The Moth. Join Ideasmyth at The Writers Room to get the inside story on the popular live storytelling phenomenon The Moth and its new written anthology of Moth stories from some of the most talented Moth storytellers, including this Booked Breakfast’s participants. This series is graciously hosted by The Writers Room, located just south of Astor Place, and will take place 8:30-10am. Booked Breakfasts bring together authors and the public in a convivial atmosphere for lively reading, Q&A discussion, autographing and quality nosh.


Catherine Burns is the Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed storytelling series The Moth and editor of The Moth’s new anthology. She has told stories on The Moth stage at The Aspen Comedy Festival, Central Park SummerStage and The Players Club. She is the director and producer of the feature film, A Pound of Flesh, and the co-producer of the films All the Rage, Starving Artists and Temps. As a television director/producer, she has interviewed such diverse talent as Aerosmith, Robin Williams, Howard Stern, Martha Stewart and Chuck D. A five-time burner, she ran the New York City leg of the Fire Conclave from 2004-2006.

James Braly, former Ideasmyth client and contributor to the new Moth anthology, spent over twenty years researching life in a marital institution.  He’s performed his autobiographical stories on Marketplace, NPR, and at The Whitney Museum, Long Wharf Theatre, and The Moth, where he is the only two-time winner of the GrandSLAM and a featured performer on The Moth/TNT National Story Tour.  His monologue, Life in a Marital Institution, was featured at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Andy Christie is a former Ideasmyth client, a contributor to the new Moth anthology and the creator and host of The Liar Show. He is also the cofounder of Slim Films, an illustration and animation studio based in New York. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and in the Thomas Beller anthology Lost and Found: Stories from New York.

Jenifer Hixson is a senior producer at The Moth and a contributor to the new Moth anthology. She lives with her two children and her husband–who is not the guy in her Moth Anthology story, “Where There’s Smoke”.

Ideasmyth  is a holistic creative communications, coaching and branding consultancy founded by Victoria C. Rowan whose previous professional lives included founding the multi-million-dollar education division of, artistic programming of the greatest living writers for the 92nd Street Y, writing for dozens of publications, websites and public radio including: Time Out NY, New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times, The Moscow Times and NPR. Through personalized coaching and workshops, Ideasmyth mentors and supports clients in creating and cultivating their endeavors, increasing their brand exposure and achieving their most important personal and professional life goals. Since 2000, her Independent Project workshops and coaching practice have helped nearly 1,000 writers produce many critically acclaimed books, theater, websites and other multimedia projects.

Ideasmyth is in residency at The Writers Room, New York City’s first shared work space for emerging and established writers of all genres. Founded in 1978 by writers for writers, in this professional workspace creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of mutual support. The Writers Room provides over 200 writers with a quiet, affordable place in which to work. In addition to workspace, the Room offers a reference and research library for the use of its members; seminars and workshops on subjects of interest to writers; readings of members’ works; and community for people working in a solitary profession. In 2012, members published thirty fiction and non-fiction books and many magazine articles, plays & screenplays. Members have written more than 1,000 books since the doors of The Writers Room opened. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Booked Breakfasts will take place at The Writers Room, 740 Broadway, 12th Floor, NYC 10003. For more information, contact Victoria Rowan at

Breakfast is FREE but please RSVP  to ensure we have plenty for everyone.


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