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2022 Power of Words Conference

  • 13 October 2022
  • (EDT)
  • 16 October 2022
  • (EDT)
  • Online


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • As part of the registration process, you can also opt to register for the pre-conference ($130).


Our 2022 conference - The Power of Words: Hope is a Discipline - will feature three keynote presentations, more than 30 workshops, panel discussions, performances, constituency groups, celebrations, and more. The conference brings together writers, poets, artists, storytellers, performers, songwriters, community leaders, activists, healers, therapists, educators, health professionals, facilitators, and more, as we turn our collective energies to cultivating the Power of Words in all people, with the goal of transforming our world for the better. 

This year, as transformative language artists, our work is aimed at inspiring, building unity and connection, sharing perspectives, and moving us collectively towards transitioning in the 21st century from Climate Emergency to Climate Emergence—the emergence of a more balanced, harmonious human relationship with all life on our beloved planet.

The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in six tracks: narrative medicine; social change; right livelihood (and making a living through the arts); ecological literacy, engaged spirituality, and performance/writing craft.

Due to the continuing impact on our community of the pandemic, we will meet online, via Zoom. As always, we prioritize the health, safety, and economic well-being of our community, and look forward to gathering in person as soon as it makes sense to do so.

Friday's Pre-Conference is open to all Conference attendees for an additional fee. The Pre-Conference will feature workshops and a panel discussion with the keynotes. 


Friday, October 14, 10 - 5:30 PM EST

The Pre-Conference will feature workshops with each of the keynotes. Don't miss the chance to spend the day in an intimate setting, learning from and with these three incredible transformative language artists. 

The Pre-Conference is available for an additional fee of $130 and is open to all who are registered for the full weekend conference. Registration for the Pre-Conference opens up once you register for the full Power of Words Conference. 

Power of Words Conference

Friday, October 14, 6:30 - 8 PM EST

Saturday, October 15, 10 AM - 8 PM EST

Sunday, October 16, 10 AM - 4 PM EST

    Includes more than 30 workshops, panel discussions, performances, celebrations, and keynotes presentations. 

    2022 Keynotes

    Pádraig Ó Tuama

    Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. He is the author of four books of poetry and prose: Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community, In the Shelter, Sorry for your Troubles, and Readings from the Books of Exile. He presents the podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios, where he also has responsibilities in bringing art and theology into public and civic life. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. He is based in Ireland.

    Camille Dungy

    Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.

    Kathleen Adams

    Kathleen (Kay) Adams is one of the most prominent and established voices in the field of therapeutic writing. She is an author, psychotherapist, registered poetry/journal therapist (PTR) and master mentor/supervisor (MM/S) whose gift and life mission is sharing the power of writing with all who desire self-directed change. Kay is the author/editor of 12 books on the power of writing, including the best-selling Journal to the Self. In 1985, at the beginning of her graduate training, Kay taught her first journal workshop. Three years later, at graduation, she founded the Center for Journal Therapy. It has grown into an international training and consulting company offering workshops, on-line classes, certification training, retreats, intensives and individual consultations on the use of writing in therapy, health and wellness, coaching, and spiritual direction. She has worked as a journal therapist in private practice, in-patient, and intensive out-patient psychiatric programs. Kay is adjunct faculty in the Professional and Creative Writing Master’s program at University College at the University of Denver, where she teaches Writing & Healing.

    "The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 873 Lansdowne, PA 19050 USA

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