TLA Classes

We offer online classes to help you deepen your understanding of Transformative Language Arts, explore the craft of various genres and arts related to TLA, and develop your livelihood, community work, and service related to TLA.

Designed and taught by leading teachers, transformative language artists and activists, and master facilitators (want to be one of them?), these classes offer you ample opportunities to grow your art of words, your business and service, and your conversation with your life work.

The online nature of the classes allows you to participate from anywhere in the world (provided you have internet access) at any time of the day while, and at the same time, the intimate and welcoming atmosphere of the classes helps students find community, inspiration, and greater purpose.

While each class is unique to the teacher's style, all classes include hands-on activities (writing, storytelling, theater, spoken word, visual arts, music and/or other prompts), plus great resources, readings, and guidance. We use the online educational platform, Wet Ink for our classes, and many combine in-person meetings on Zoom and asynchronous gatherings via Wet Ink:

  • Our Community Online Classes have a set period of time, ranging from one day to eight weeks with a small cohort of typically 5 to 25 people. Every Wednesday a new weekly module opens for you to engage with on your own time, with forums and opportunities to share, interact, and receive feedback from peers and the teacher. If the teacher wants to schedule a live meeting, they will coordinate directly with enrolled participants. Classes remain open and available to enrolled participants for at least a week after the class end date.

Enrollment Cost

Classes are priced by the number of weeks they run, and members get a $20 discount. Early Bird rates end two weeks before the class start date, and registration increases by $40 thereafter.

Each registration is for one participant only, and all classes, unless arrangements are approved beforehand by the teacher and the TLA Network coordinator, are for people age 18 and up.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations: A nonrefundable fee of 10% is included in each registration. There are no cancellations after the class begins. For the purposes of cancellation, the class beginning date is defined as the start date published by TLAN on the class registration page.

Low Enrollment Cancellations: Classes that do not meet a minimum enrollment may be canceled a minimum of 3 days prior to the first class meeting with full refunds for all registrants.

Incomplete: Students seeking the certificate in TLA Foundations who cannot complete a class due to circumstances out of their control may be granted a discounted registration on the next available offering of that class. To be eligible for the discount students must communicate their circumstance to the teacher as soon as possible.

Community Online Classes

    • 06 March 2024
    • 02 April 2024
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    This course sheds light on how we, as writers, can capture nuances in the conversations between a grandparent and a child, a teacher and a student, a new-hire and a retiree, or any characters from cross-generational settings in our stories.

    Every generation has its own slang, phrases, attitudes, and belief systems that stem from values specific to our age groups.

    Exploring these differences helps us better understand ourselves and each other as our life experiences intersect.

    Through this course, participants will:

    • Learn to identify nuances between generations that impact our perspectives and behaviors.
    • Explore commonalities and differences between generations through dialogue in several written texts.
    • Find new ways of infusing intergenerational dialogue into their craft.

    Week by week:

    Week 1

    • An overview of intergenerational dialogue
    • Icebreaker - Role play exercise
    • Reading and Discussion (excerpt from Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place)
    • In-class Writing Exercise - focus on one-on-one intergenerational conversation
    • Voluntary Workshare

    Week 2

    • Recap of Week 1
    • Icebreaker - Related radio clip
    • Reading and Discussion  (excerpt from Gabriel Garcia Marquez' 100 Years of Solitude)
    • In-class Writing Exercise - focus on group dialogue between multiple generations
    • Voluntary Workshare

    Week 3

    • Recap of Week 2
    • Icebreaker - Related video clip
    • Reading and Discussion (excerpt from Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club)
    • In-class Writing Exercise - focus on family and conflict in dialogue
    • Voluntary Workshare

    Week 4

    • Recap of Week 3
    • Icebreaker - Mindfulness exercise
    • Reading and Discussion (excerpt from Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love)
    • In-class Writing Exercise - focus on youth and POV in dialogue
    • Voluntary Workshare
    • Debrief/Q&A

    Who Should Take This Class:

    This 4-week class is most beneficial for writers who want to learn new ways of infusing cross-generational relationships in their work.

    Format:

    The class will primarily use Zoom meetings, though other resources and conversation may be suggested using the Wet Ink platform.  

    The Zoom meetings are proposed for Wednesday evenings from 7p to 9p ET on 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 and 3/27 and will be recorded for students who must miss a class meeting.

    About the instructor:

    Lyndsey Ellis is a writer and teaching artist passionate about exploring intergenerational trauma and resilience. Her work has appeared in Literary Hub, Kweli Journal, Catapult, The Rumpus, Joyland, and Electric Literature. She has led creative writing workshops for The Loft Literary Center, Gotham Writers, California Writers Club-Berkeley Branch and midnight & indigo, with a focus on craft, publication, and cross-arts collaboration. Ellis is currently an organizer and teaching artist for Plain Talk: Intergenerational Voices of St. Louis, a community enrichment workshop series that she received an artist support grant for from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

    “My debut novel, Bone Broth (Hidden Timber Books, 2021), is a deep dive into intergenerational relationships. The book unpacked the juxtaposing life experiences of multiple generations of Black women, mainly in relation to overlooked aspects of St. Louis history and civil rights activism.”

    You can connect with Lyndsey in these places:

    Website: www.lyndseyellis.com

    FB: www.facebook.com/lyellis, www.facebook.com/BoneBrothNovel

    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lyndseyellis

    IG: @lyelliswrites (www.instagram.com/lyelliswrites)

    Twitter:  @lyellis

    • 06 March 2024
    • 16 April 2024
    • Online
    • 9
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    Want to immerse yourself into poetry you may already love or will get to fall in love with while also generating a lot of new poems of your own?

    This six-week class leads you on a journey through sparkling poetry from many contemporary and some more ancient poets from across America and around the world, including Rumi, Mary Oliver, Adrienne Rich, Sharon Olds, Tomas Transtromer, Seamus Heaney, Wislawa Szymborska, William Stafford, Pablo Neruda, Rainer-Maria Rilke, Tess Gallagher, Audre Lorde, Jane Hirshfield, Linda Hogan, and Gregory Orr. 

    Each week features two or three of the poets, including a sampling of their poetry, links to articles and interviews, and a summary about what their work offers us as readers and writers.

    Additionally, each week highlights reflections and tips on writing poetry, ways poetry can open our hearts to greater perspective, and lots of writing prompts to help you open doors to new poems. We come together to share our poetry, responses to one another's poetry, and sparks for new ways to consider the poetic power of language.

    By the end of the workshop, you'll have a big bunch of new poems and, through the poets we're exploring, lots of inspiring poet-companions you're now familiar with and can visit regularly in libraries and bookstores.

    Week by Week

    Week One: Ordinary Magic – Tess Gallagher and Seamus Heaney: Looking at the poetry of people who show us the extraordinary in the ordinary – in the U.S. and in Ireland -- we'll open up our eyes to see writing prompts and potential in what's around us wherever we are.

    Week Two: Wild at Heart – Pablo Neruda and Tomas Transtromer: Poets who write deeply about the earth and sky can show us new ways to see what's in and beyond our own backyards. This week's poets, from Sweden and Chile open windows into the the mysteries of the earth and the earth, showing us new and ancient ways to write about what endures and what changes in us and in the other-than-human world.

    Week Three: Liberation and Illumination – Andre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Linda Hogan: Poets who write of transformation and freedom, including women and writers of color, illuminate what it is to break silences, speak of recovered or emerging traditions, and amplify the voices that show us more of who are as a people. Poets this week hail from the U.S., the Chickasaw nation, and the Virgin Islands.

    Week Four: Wandering Mystics – Rumi, Mary Oliver, and Rainer-Maria Rilke: This week's poetry takes to the less-traveled path through exploring the spirit-journeying poems of writers from Germany, Persia/Afghanistan, and the U.S. We'll accompany these poets through mystical treks accompanied by angels (Rilke), the seen and unseen (Rumi), and dogs and other plants and animals (Mary Oliver) as we wander into our own new poetry.

    Week Five: Healing Fountains – Gregory Orr, Wislawa Szymborska, and Sharon Olds: Through exploring the poetry of personal and communal healing, we can find and write some of our own healing fountains, surfacing what's ripe for revising in our lives and life stories to craft more authentic and generous narratives to write and live. This week features poets from Poland and the U.S.

    Week Six: Maps to Where We Live – Jane Hirshfield and William Stafford: Poetry can also help us revision where and how we live, lighting from within the details and big picture views of our lives. By considering the work of these poets who write so vividly of the present, and what it means to land in the here and now of each moment, we can better embrace the patterns our lives and poetry give us.


    Who Should Take This Class

    This is a generative class for all people who are drawn to poetry, whether you're just getting started or have a long-time practice. All the writing prompts and interactive activities are designed to meet you where you are and gather us into a vibrant poetry community for the duration of our time together.

    Format

    This is an online class with new lessons opening each week full of opportunities for you to learn and explore, read and write, and respond to each other's discoveries and poetry in supportive ways. This class also builds community among us as we reach across the miles to hold one another's words and reflect deeply on what we discover individually and together. 

    Additionally, we have two optional Zoom sessions:

    • Thurs., March 7th, 7-8 p.m. CT/ 8-9 p.m. ET/ 6-7 p.m. MT/ 5-6 p.m. PT to get to know each other, and
    • Thurs., April 18th at CT/ 8-9 p.m. ET/ 6-7 p.m. MT/ 5-6 p.m. PT to celebrate our work and share our new writing.

    The Zoom sessions will be recorded for anyone who isn't able to attend.

    Expect to spend a minimum of 3-6 hours per week on writing. Participants are also asked to respond to at least three other participants' work each week, deepening our dialogue altogether. 

    About the Teacher

    Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, is the founder of Transformative Language Arts and the author of two dozen books. Her publications include How Time Moves: New & Selected Poems; Miriam's Well, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet, a bioregional memoir.

    A writing and right livelihood coach, working with people to bring what wants to be written and lived into being, Mirriam-Goldberg offers community writing workshops widely, and with Kelley Hunt, Brave Voice retreats. She also co-leads the Your Right Livelihood class and retreat with Kathryn Lorenzen, and the Art of Facilitation training with Joy Roulier Sawyer, with whom she also offers the annual Writing from the Soul retreat.

    Born hard-wired to make something (in art, music, and especially writing), Caryn’s long-time callings include writing as a spiritual and ecological path, yoga, drawing, cultivating a loving marriage, family, and community, and helping herself and others make and take leaps into the miraculous work of their lives. www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com

    Photo of Caryn by Stephen Locke

    • 06 March 2024
    • 30 April 2024
    • Online
    • 13
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    Listening to stories propels us into non-ordinary states of consciousness from which personal change is more possible.

    We will focus on stories to create a sense of agency, stories to heal trauma, and stories about living a better life.

    We spend an enormous amount of time persuading people to do what they say they want to do to become healthier. The first step is to create a safe space of radical acceptance without judgment or interpretation. Within that space, storytelling provides a means to persuade people to change.

    We will review stories that teach agency, stories that teach more effective ways of managing emotions and relationships, and stories that help people feel better about themselves. We try to use traditional stories from people’s own cultures and review how to pick a story for people from other cultures.

    Stories have been told to audiences with a purpose since pre-history. These persuasive stories can be used for good or for evil. Brainwashing lives at the extreme of evil persuasive stories. 

    In our work, we are attempting to persuade people that they can live without drugs or alcohol, that their lives have meaning and purpose, that they can make sense of their trauma in a way that’s uplifting, that they have agency – meaning that they can take action to improve the quality of their lives.

    Besides traditional stories, we use stories about other people or clients we have known, mainstream cultural stories like Disney, and stories that we invent to suit the moment. We will focus on stories to create a sense of agency, stories to heal trauma, and stories about living a better life.

    Week by Week

    Week 1: Creating a safe space of radical acceptance without judgment or interpretation. We look at how storytelling within this space provides a means to persuade people to change. We explore how listening to stories by both client and practitioner propels us into non-ordinary states of consciousness from which personal change is more possible.

    Week 2: Stories that Teach Agency. Agency is the sense that our actions can improve our lives and help us gain what we want. When we have agency, we are inspired to take action toward achieving our goals.

    Week 3: Stories that teach effective ways of managing emotions and relationships. We are born into stories about how to relate and how to relate to our emotions. Some of these stories are not effective but, rather, defective. 

    Week 4: Stories that help people feel better about themselves. Stories can help us reframe the decisions we have made in the course of our lives. Stories help us transform blame and shame into celebration and transformation.

    Week 5: How to pick a story from another person's culture. Using traditional stories for another person can be powerful. We propose that this is not appropriation but a therapeutic reintroduction of people to their cultures of origin. Some Indigenous people do not know their cultural stories. We can help them to reconnect.

    Week 6: Persuasive stories can be used for good or for evil. Brainwashing lives at the extreme of evil persuasive stories. Advertising intends to persuade us to buy what we may not need. People try to persuade others to adopt their political views. Donald Trump, for example, is an expert at the art of persuasion. 

    Week 7: Sources of stories. Besides drawing stories from our own cultures and those of our clients, we can also use the stories circulating in contemporary cultures. They may come from movies, video games, novels, television, modifications of our own experience, and the inventions of people, places, or animals that we can imagine. Even cartoons can work.

    Week 8: Stories inform us of what we should aspire to. Is a good life having much money or having many relationships? Stories tell us how to balance these factors. We know people who devote their lives to money and those who don't. Where is the balance in our capitalistic economy? How do we find a self-sustaining balance?

    Who Should Take This Class?

    People in the helping professions, teachers, anyone who needs to help people change.

    Format

    Online readings and asynchronous discussion board hosted on Wet Ink, weekly video presentation and discussion group (90 minutes—tentatively scheduled for 4:30 Eastern on Wednesdays) which will be recorded for asynchronous viewing.

    About the Facilitators

    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD is a faculty physician in the Northern Light Acadia Psychiatric Residency Program. He is also associated with the Family Medicine Residency at Northern Light in Bangor, Maine. He graduated from Indiana University, Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed his post-graduate medical training at the University of Vermont. He works with Coyote Institute, whose goal is to bring Indigenous wisdom to the larger world. His PhD is in neuropsychology.  He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom, Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story, and Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. His work focuses on the power of story, the neuroscience of story, and story as a tool for transformation. He keeps trying to transform psychiatry to be more humane and richer with stories.

    Barbara Mainguy, MA, LCSW is a psychotherapist and Crisis Supervisor for Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness. She also has a private psychotherapy practice in Bangor and Orono, Maine. Her social work degree is from the University of Maine and her creative arts therapy degree is from Concordia University. She has graduate certificates in Arts and Medical Humanities, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, and Gerontology. Barbara is the author of Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story (with Lewis).

    You can connect with Lewis and Barbara through the Coyote Institute website or the Coyote Institute Facebook page and Lewis through his website, Facebook page, or LinkedIn.


    • 13 March 2024
    • 23 April 2024
    • online
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    "Whether you desire to renew your word-powered self-care practices, or use word-medicine to clarify and empower your unique calling, Talk To Me Nice will bring you closer to YOU in a supportive cooperative learning space."

    In this 6-week collective transformative language journey, we will explore the ways in which we can intentionally use the power of words to deepen self-connection, self-awareness, and self-determination. Talk To Me Nice invites participants to examine the use of embodied positive self-talk as a healing modality. Each session will incorporate knowledge sharing, guided practice, and hands-on activities that focus on a specific evidence-based practice, including intuitive journaling, meditation and mantra, affirmation creation, poetry and song. 

    Whether you desire to renew your word-powered self-care practices, or use word-medicine to clarify and empower your unique calling, Talk To Me Nice will bring you closer to YOU in a supportive cooperative learning space. 

    Join us as we use the power of “the word” to create new realities for our inner and outer worlds.

    Week By Week

    Week 1: Orientation and Introduction:

    Getting grounded with an introduction to traditions of using words as medicine throughout time, across cultures. We will begin to build community through a Live Virtual Open House event featuring a restorative storytelling session centered around the identity shaping power of naming. Participants will also be given a course overview and become familiar with some of the standing activities, such as the “talk to me nice reflective writing” and “discussion circle.” 

    Week 2: When I Talk to Myself: Intuitive Journaling

    In this week we will explore the word medicine practice of self-questioning and intuitive journal prompts as a way to connect to our deepest longings and wonderings and bring our own voice to the surface. Participants will experience both guided and independent practice of the practice and have the opportunity to discuss their experience during the weekly live session. 

    Week 3: Talking Back: Self-Affirmation Creation

    As our voice begins to surface, we will typically experience competing stories (good and bad) about ourselves that have been “passed down” to us from family, social groups, and adopted by us over time. We will learn how to “talk back” to the narratives through the creation of affirmations that directly amplify the self-stories that are true and healthy for us and challenge the self-stories that are not supportive of who we are/ growing into. 

    Week 4: Speak, Heal, and Repeat: Personalizing Mantra & Meditation

    More than a power statement, the mantra combines the elements of sound and word to activate healing. Finding the mantra from within that aligns with our specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for growth and healing can enhance our meditation practice and our conscious lived experience. We will look at examples and wisdom of word-sound medicine in various cultures and create our own personal mantras and meditation.

    Week 5: Input, Output: The Talk to Me Nice Playlist

    As we begin to integrate word-medicine into our daily practice, it is important that we bring our inner world healing into our outer world experience. This week, we will create a mash-up of the word-medicine tools we have created in the previous weeks that we can “loop,” “shuffle,” and “sample” anytime we need to hear our own positive self-talk expressions in our environment to reinforce our internal well-being. 

    Week 6: Talk to Me Nice Partner: A Reflective Collab and Celebration

    In our final week, we explore the ‘Talk to Me Nice Together' principle— what it feels like to build relationships around word-medicine that affirms ourselves and the people around us. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their personal “Talk to Me Nice” journey and receive and reflect back the journey of a “Talk to Me Nice” partner in the group. Partners will share out in the word-medicine style of their choice as we celebrate the rebirth of our healing collective voices.

    Who Should Take This Class

    Talk to Me Nice is a joyful, reflective space for word medicine healing and new reality creation. Designed with the lover of contemplation, the creative, and the heart-centered practitioner in mind, this course is meant to meet participants where they are on their personal development and life-work paths. There are no prerequisites for this course, aside from an open mind, open heart, and a supportive spirit that welcomes the ideas and presence of fellow participants.

    Format

    Class lessons, assignments, and discussion forums will be accessible via the Wet Ink platform. We will also meet via Zoom to build community and share reflections on weekly lessons.

    Zoom meetings will be scheduled in conversation with students at the beginning of the course, and will be recorded for students who must miss a class meeting.

    About the Facilitator

    Over the past 25 years Zena Robinson-Wouadjou has worked primarily in education, first as a school-based teacher and curriculum and program designer within New York City public schools focused on creating culturally responsive and sustaining learning spaces, higher education equity and access, and introducing restorative approaches for intergenerational learning and conflict transformation. Additionally, as the co-founder of a literacy and school culture improvement organization (SchoolWideRead), and a healing-centered community educator,  she works with young people, families, educators, and organizations, using the power of words as a tool to build community and social justice— redefining what it means to teach, learn, and heal.

    You can connect with Zena in these places: 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sistarzena 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zena-robinson-wouadjou 

    Blog: https://medium.com/@progress.zen

    • 20 March 2024
    • 30 April 2024
    • online
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    You will learn about yourself as a facilitator and explore principles for designing and facilitating effective workshops that carefully consider ways to support different populations.

    This course introduces the foundations and best practices of facilitation to TLA practitioners. You will learn about yourself as a facilitator and explore principles for designing and facilitating effective workshops that carefully consider ways to support different populations. You will emerge from the class with a Capstone Project, a detailed workshop proposal that covers the content and structure of your program; considerations for marketing, ethics, technology, and moving in the physical space depending on the populations you plan to welcome in; and how you might facilitate the work beyond the workshop space and connect to a larger community. This class is required for TLAN’s Certification in TLA Foundations.

    Weekly Zoom sessions and Wet Ink lessons with extensive resources will cover course content and offer opportunities to engage with and practice facilitation principles. Weekly assignments will include readings, written responses, and self-care practices.

    Week by Week

    Week 1: Roles & Rules: Introduction to Facilitation

    In this opening session, we’ll introduce ourselves, the course, and the foundational principles of facilitation. These principles are rooted in the idea that whatever the subject or situation, the goal of facilitation is to support individual and collective transformation. We’ll also cover the importance of establishing ground rules and prioritizing self-care.

    Week 2: Good Bones: Structuring Workshops for Effective Facilitation

    Effective facilitation depends on a program that has “good bones.” In this session, we’ll explore   foundational principles and techniques for planning, organizing, and reviewing facilitation sessions. We’ll focus on ways to build a solid yet flexible structure that supports your goals and meets the needs of your participants.

    Week 3: Facilitating across Identity

    In this session, we will look at different ways to facilitate groups of mixed identity, including affiliations with race, gender, class, generations and parenthood. We will learn how we are socialized to think about different identities; if/how we have had experience with conversations across identities; and what considerations we can adopt when creating a space that will be welcoming across identity. 

    Week 4: Facilitating across Disabled, Neurodiverse and Aging Bodies

    In this session, we will discuss how to prepare for and facilitate across disability, neurodiversity, and aging bodies. We are operating from a social model of disability, which says “individual limitations are not the cause of disability. Rather, it is society’s failure to provide appropriate services and adequately ensure that the needs of disabled people are taken into account in societal organization.” We want to discuss how we can create spaces that do not “disable” our participants. How can we structure access in our workshops from the beginning, instead of having to create accommodations as issues arise?

    Week 5: Trauma-Informed Facilitation

    No matter what kind of workshop or event you facilitate, a majority of your participants will have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. And as transformative language artists, we often work with specific survivor populations to offer tools and opportunities for personal and communal healing. In this session, we’ll discuss trauma, its impact, and why a trauma-informed approach is so important in facilitation. You’ll learn the key principles of trauma-informed facilitation as well as practical steps to take before, during, and after facilitating. You’ll also be reminded of the importance of self-awareness and self-care as a trauma-informed facilitator.

    Week 6: Facilitating for Community Transformation

    One of the unique tasks of a Transformative Language Artist is that we use words not only for personal transformation, but to effect change in our communities. In this session, we will discuss ways to bring your work and the work of your participants out into the community. How can you continue the conversation beyond the workshop space? Who, in your community, needs your work? What is the change that you wish to see in your community? Through reviewing examples of TLA in the world, we will consider ways you as a facilitator can contribute to community dialogue and transformation. The final week will include the opportunity to present your Capstone Project for review and discussion. How has your vision evolved from the beginning of class? What challenges or barriers do you anticipate in fulfilling this work? What considerations have you most appreciated? What considerations may you have missed?

    Who Should Take This Class

    This class is required for the Certification in TLA Foundations. It is appropriate for beginning and seasoned facilitators who are new to TLA; TLA practitioners who are seasoned in their art and looking to facilitate work in their community; and TLA artists and facilitators who want to update their practices with current language and best practices around community identities.

    Format

    Class will meet weekly on Saturday (March 23 & 30 and April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2024) via Zoom from 1-2:30 p.m. EDT (UTC -4) Click here to convert to your time zone.

    Because we are dedicated to making the course as accessible as possible, all sessions will be recorded. All class materials (lessons, assignments, and extensive resources) will be shared each week in Wet Ink. Students who cannot make a live call have the option of watching or listening to the recording and responding to the prompts/questions in the asynchronous classroom platform, Wet Ink.

    About the Facilitators

    Amanda Faye Lacson (she/hers) is a Filipina-American writer, photographer and historian. She examines how our identities are shaped, how they impact the way we move in the world, and how we write our history through her creative nonfiction and playwriting; photography documenting the artistic process; oral history-oriented podcast interviewing; and by creating and facilitating community-based workshops for the family historian. Amanda is a board member and Membership co-chair of the Transformative Language Arts Network; writer, performer and director with the Playful Substance theater company; and producer, host and editor of Goddard in the World Podcast. She is also the founder of FamilyArchive Business, a studio designed to support the family historian at any point in the archiving process, from organizing photos in boxes to creating a final product to share with the family.

    Recent projects include: writing and performing work based on her experience as a Pinay child and mother in the devised theater piece Raised Pinay: The 5th Generation; presenting a generative writing workshop on using Transformative Language Arts to create and deepen one’s family archive at the TLAN Power of Words conference; writing a satirical monologue from the perspective of Christopher Columbus reckoning with his legacy in the afterlife, for Playful Substance; and photographing classical Indian dance performance by Brooklyn Raga Massive for Chelsea Factory. Keep up with Amanda's work at amandafayelacson.com.

    Tracie Nichols (she/her) is a Transformative Language Artist, poet, and facilitator helping people write themselves home through her ongoing writing circles and writing workshops nurturing personal awareness, resilience, and transformation. Founder of the Saturday Writing Circle and co-founder of Embodied Writers, she currently also serves as the Coordinator for the Transformative Language Arts Network.

    Tracie’s appreciation for the power of words to heal and transform started decades ago when she began writing poems because her arms ached from holding the unflinching truth of violence in one hand and the equally unflinching truth of compassion in the other. She realized she'd found home with the Transformative Language Arts Network community when she realized it merged the principles of her graduate degree in Transformative Learning and Change with her passion for writing as path to healing and growth.

    Today, she lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, occasionally her adult children, and a very large ginger tabby cat named Strider, writing poems from her tiny desk under the wide reach of two old Sycamore trees. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rogue Agent, Text Power Telling, and The Weight of Motherhood anthology.

    Connect with Tracie at tracienichols.com.

    • 07 April 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Zoom meeting - link to be shared
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    TLA Network Virtual Salon

    Sunday, April 7, 202

    5:00–6:30 pm EDT (UTC-4)

    4:00–5:30 pm CDT // 3:00–4:30 pm MDT // 2:00–3:30 pm PDT

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    Join us for our first TLAN Virtual Salon of 2024 featuring TLAN members showcasing their creative work!

    This event will feature TLAN members, who all use the written, spoken, or sung word for personal and community transformation. TLAN members have incredibly generous spirits, and oftentimes their work in the community overshadows their personal writing and accomplishments. We are excited to provide a venue to feature TLAN members' artistic work to the general audience.

    The Virtual Salon is free and open to the public, and will take place online via Zoom. After the reading, there will be an artist talkback and time for questions and engagement from the audience. 

    You must register if you would like to attend: a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the day before the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Our call for performers is now open to all active TLAN Members.

    Each presenter will have 5-7 minutes to present their written, spoken, or sung work followed by a brief period of audience response. 

    Potential Presenters:

    To present at the Virtual Salon you must be an active member* of TLAN. 

    If you are interested in presenting, please fill out the Google Form by March 24, 2024. If we have a multitude of entries we may have to feature you at a future salon. 

    *(Active members are current on their dues. Check on your membership status or (re)join TLAN here: https://www.tlanetwork.org/Membership.)


    • 04 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • online
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    This class focuses on the healing potential -- both in theory and practice -- of writing about challenges, losses, and brokenness in our lives.

    How to Write About Life's Hard Stuff is being offered as a fundraiser—all proceeds will be donated to TLAN.

    "These are the materials," Poet Adrienne Rich writes of life's "wreckage, dreck and waste" as well the moon rising over wreckage, dreck and waste. Whether writing poetry, fiction, memoir, or in other genres, your materials are key, especially when writing about something charged, painful or tender. To avoid spinning your wheels in the metaphorical mud, it's important to explore when and how to write about life's hard stuff, and to create enough perspective to aim yourself toward writing that's strong and transformative. By looking at how and when writing can be healing, examples of strong writing in several genres, and ways to further unfold your writing, you can better find your way into poetry, fiction, and memoir that draws from your more challenging life experiences.

    Drawing on the theory and practice of therapeutic writing as well as research and experience on how to write toward greater lightness and freedom, we'll experiment with several short writing prompts and discuss applications and ramifications. Moreover, we'll consider how to listen to our bodies in how and when to write about losses, challenges, and moments of brokenness in our lives. This class is very focused on guiding ourselves by our full wisdom and discernment, and we'll talk about how to bring that better in focus as we write.

    All participants will receive a packet of writing prompts, research and theory sources, and information on how to develop their own best prompts.

    Who Should Attend?

    Anyone who turns to writing to help them find greater healing and wholeness as well as people who facilitate writing classes or coaching or work as therapists, educators, or collaborative arts facilitators.

    Format

    This is a one-time 2-hour session that focuses on the healing/therapeutic aspects of writing, especially in concert with when and when not to write about traumatic and stressful experiences. This class will be presented as a two-hour Zoom session and will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend live. 

    About the Facilitator

    Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, is the founder of Transformative Language Arts and the author of two dozen books. Her publications include How Time Moves: New & Selected Poems; Miriam's Well, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet, a bioregional memoir.

    A writing and right livelihood coach, working with people to bring what wants to be written and lived into being, Mirriam-Goldberg offers community writing workshops widely, and with Kelley Hunt, Brave Voice retreats. She also co-leads the Your Right Livelihood class and retreat with Kathryn Lorenzen, and the Art of Facilitation training with Joy Roulier Sawyer, with whom she also offers the annual Writing from the Soul retreat.

    Born hard-wired to make something (in art, music, and especially writing), Caryn’s long-time callings include writing as a spiritual and ecological path, yoga, drawing, cultivating a loving marriage, family, and community, and helping herself and others make and take leaps into the miraculous work of their lives.

    You can connect with Caryn at:

    https://www.carynmirriamgoldberg.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/carynmirriamgoldberg

    https://www.facebook.com/CarynMirriamGoldbergWriter

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/caryn-mirriam-goldberg-3772006/

Past Classes

07 January 2024 Building Connections to Create Sustainable Work in the Arts // with Caryn-Mirriam Goldberg & Kathryn Lorenzen
03 December 2023 Monologue Showcase: Voices for Healing & Transformation
23 October 2023 TLA Network Global Virtual Salon
09 September 2023 Wounds of Wisdom // with Anjana Deshpande
06 September 2023 Telling It Slant: The Art of Autofiction // with Elizabeth Chesla
06 September 2023 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
06 September 2023 Liminal Spaces: The Poetry of Transitions and Change // with Angie Ebba
15 August 2023 TLA Network Virtual Global Salon
13 August 2023 Leading Transformative Writing Workshops // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
25 June 2023 TLA Network Virtual Salon
07 June 2023 Twelve Poets to Change Your Life // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
07 June 2023 Flash Fiction: Writing from the Subconscious // with Riham Adly
15 March 2023 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
27 January 2023 What Next? Launching Your Work in the World // with Caits Meissner
18 January 2023 This is Who I Am: Exploring Personal Identity through Poetry and Art // with Angie Ebba
18 January 2023 Flash Fiction Forms: Exploring Elements of Craft Through Archetypes & Metaphors in Dreams, Tarot, & Fairy Tales // with Riham Adly
18 January 2023 Pathways to Wholeness: Mindful Writing Toward Momentous Leaps of Meaning // with Marianela Medrano
04 December 2022 Re-Visioning TLA in the World: A Community Conversation
03 December 2022 Your Calling, Your Livelihood, Your Life: Making a Living from TLA // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Kathern Lorenzen
26 October 2022 Identity and Belonging: An Exploration through Visual Art and Creative Writing // with Renu Thomas
12 October 2022 Monologue Showcase: Voices for Healing & Transformation
15 September 2022 Flash Fiction Showcase & Open Mic with Riham Adly & Friends
14 September 2022 Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Exploring the Paths of the Heroine, Healer, and Seeker // with Kimberly Lee
07 September 2022 Your Memoir as Monologue - with Showcase: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
15 June 2022 How Pictures Heal: Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
15 June 2022 Leverage Your TLA Expertise as a Social Arts Practice, for Community Engagement, & Radical Livelihood // with Yvette Hyater-Adams
18 May 2022 Flash Fiction: Writing from the Subconscious // with Riham Adly
20 April 2022 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
09 April 2022 What Is Your Poem Begging to Look Like? Finding the Best Form Through Revision: How to Take Your Expressive Writing to the Next Level // with Fleda Brown
16 February 2022 Not Enough Spoons: Writing About Disability & Chronic Illness // with Angie Ebba
14 January 2022 The Quest of Purposeful Memoir: Exploring the Past, Creating the Future // with Jennifer Browdy, PhD
12 January 2022 Grief Pages: Moving Through Change and Loss with a Creative Notebook Practice // with Lisa Chu
17 November 2021 Pathways to Wholeness: Mindful Writing Toward Momentous Leaps of Meaning // with Marianela Medrano
10 November 2021 Kissing the Muse: A Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure // with Robbyn Layne McGill
28 October 2021 Monologue Showcase: Voices of Healing & Transformation
28 October 2021 2021 Power of Words Conference
15 September 2021 Your Memoir as Monologue with Showcase: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
30 August 2021 For the Love of it: A Mindful Moment of Rejuvenation for Educators // with Joanna Tebbs Young
07 July 2021 Future Casting: Writing Towards a Just World Vision // with Caits Meissner
02 June 2021 The Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Change & Community // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
17 May 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Curriculum // with Liz Burke, EdD
26 April 2021 Tools for Teachers: Marketing Your TLA Class // with Liz Burke, EdD
18 April 2021 Monologue Showcase: Voices of Change
05 April 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Proposal // with Liz Burke, EdD
24 March 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Curriculum // with Liz Burke, EdD
24 February 2021 Tools for Teachers: Marketing Your TLA Class // with Liz Burke, EdD
03 February 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Proposal // with Liz Burke, EdD
03 February 2021 Your Memoir as Monologue: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
20 January 2021 Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford
06 January 2021 Kissing the Muse: (Another) Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure // with Robbyn Layne McGill
09 December 2020 TLA in Action: Connection, Collaboration, & Community
05 December 2020 Fireside Tales: A Virtual Camp In // with Lyn Ford
04 December 2020 A Virtual Greenhouse: Cultivating, Nurturing, and Sustaining Creative Growth through Literary Friendship
04 November 2020 Leverage Your Expertise as a Social Arts Practice, for Community Engagement, and Radical Livelihood // with Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams
28 October 2020 The Art of Facilitation: Roots and Blossoms of Facilitation // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
18 October 2020 Writing to this Moment: Taking Uncertainty to the Page // with Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA
14 October 2020 Kissing the Muse: A Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure // with Robbyn Layne McGill
23 September 2020 How Pictures Heal: Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
05 August 2020 Pathways to Wholeness: Mindful Writing Toward Momentous Leaps of Meaning // with Marianela Medrano
24 June 2020 The Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Change & Community // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
24 June 2020 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
25 March 2020 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
25 March 2020 The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir // with Jennifer Browdy, PhD
15 January 2020 Your Memoir as Monologue: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
15 January 2020 The Art of Facilitation: Roots and Blossoms of Facilitation // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
23 October 2019 15 Poets to Change Your Life & Spark Your Writing // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
23 October 2019 Poems As Prayers: Writing Towards a Just World // with Caits Meissner
04 September 2019 Speaking Your Truth: Creative Writing in Political Times // with Angie Ebba
26 June 2019 15 Poets to Change Your Life & Spark Your Writing // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
24 April 2019 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
06 March 2019 Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford
16 January 2019 How Pictures Heal: Honoring Memory & Loss through Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
24 October 2018 Coming Home to Body, Earth, and Time: Writing From Where We Live // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
24 October 2018 Leverage Your TLA Expertise for Publication, Community, Business, and Livelihood // with Yvette Hyater-Adams
05 September 2018 Cultivating Our Voices: Writing Life Stories for Change // with Dr. Liz Burke-Cravens
05 September 2018 The Five Senses and Four Elements: Connecting With the Body and Nature Through Poetry // with Angie Ebba
27 June 2018 Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies) // with Jennye Patterson
27 June 2018 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
27 June 2018 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
16 May 2018 Values of the Future Through Transformative Language Arts // with Doug Lipman
04 April 2018 Stories with Spirit: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice // with Regi Carpenter
14 March 2018 Writing for Social Change: Redream a Just World // with Anya Achtenberg
21 February 2018 Funding Transformation: Grant Writing for Storytellers, Writers, Artists, Educators, & Activists // with Diane Silver
10 January 2018 Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford
18 October 2017 Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation // with Dr. Liz Burke-Cravens
18 October 2017 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
06 September 2017 Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing and Transformation for Performance // with Kelly DuMar
06 September 2017 Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies) // with Jennifer Patterson
14 June 2017 The Five Senses and Four Elements: Connecting with the Body and Nature Through Poetry // with Angie River
14 June 2017 The Poetics of Witness: Writing Beyond the Self // with Caits Meissner
19 April 2017 Diving and Emerging: Finding Your Voice and Identity in Personal Stories // with Regi Carpenter
01 March 2017 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
01 March 2017 How Pictures Heal: Honoring Memory & Loss through Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
11 January 2017 Values of the Future Through Transformative Language Arts // with Doug Lipman
11 January 2017 Writing from the Root & Through the Body // with Marianela Medrano
11 January 2017 Your Callings, Your Livelihood, Your Life // With Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
26 October 2016 Leverage Your TLA Expertise for Publication, Community, Business, and Livelihood // with Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams
26 October 2016 Not Enough Spoons: Writing About Disability & Chronic Illness // with Angie River
14 September 2016 Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies) // with Jennifer Patterson
14 September 2016 Creating a Sustainable Story: Self-Care, Meaningful Work, and the Business of Creativity // with Laura Packer
29 June 2016 Coming Home to Body, Earth, and Time: Writing From Where We Live // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
29 June 2016 Making the Leap into Work You Love // with Scott Youmans
18 May 2016 Saturated Selfies: Intentional and Intense Photography and Writing
18 May 2016 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs Young
28 March 2016 Gathering Courage: Still-Doing, Big Journaling, and Other (Not So Scary) Ways to Begin Accommodating the Soul
15 February 2016 Living Out Loud: Healing Through Storytelling and Writing
15 February 2016 Soulful Songwriting: How To Begin, Collaborate, And Finish Your Song
04 January 2016 The Five Senses and the Four Elements: Connecting with the Body and Nature Through Poetry
04 January 2016 Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing and Transformation for Performance

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