The field of Transformative Language Arts is constantly growing and creative practitioners are always developing their practice. The result is a broad range of information about a large number of interconnected topics that could all be used in the practice of TLA. As a service to those interested in expanding their own work and expanding modalities, the TLA Network has gathered information that may be of use.
TLA Certification and Education
TLA Foundations Certification: An introduction to or enhancement of TLA in theory and practice with opportunities for reflecting and action on ethical work, community networking, and TLA in action.
MA in Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College: Goddard College’s Individualized MA , Health Arts and Sciences, and Social Innovation and Sustainability programs offer a 48-hour master’s degree and 36-hour accelerated degree (for people with extensive experience) in Transformative Language Arts that includes your own development as a writer, storyteller, performer, etc.; study of TLA in general and a specific area of TLA; ample resources to support you in designing, implementing and assessing a community-based practicum; and guidance in creating a large project, manuscript, curriculum or study for your thesis. Low-residency program allows you to live anywhere, and work from home, visiting the campus in central Vermont for week-long residencies twice each year.
The Power of Words:
A Transformative Language Arts Reader
edited by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Janet Tallman
This groundbreaking book on the written, spoken and sung word for individual and community transformation encompasses writing, storytelling, songwriting, drama, performance, and other forms of language as a personal and collective tool for liberation. Whether through community storytelling for elders, individual journaling for self-discovery, or interdisciplinary drama for underserved youth, transformative language artists create greater opportunities for people to be heard, witnessed, and to become agents of change in their lives and communities.
Contributors: David Abram, Shaun McNiff, Pat Schneider, Katherine Towler, Gail Rosen, Sharon Bray, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Irene Borger, Caren Neile, Carol Henderson, Denise Low, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Karen Campbell, Mandy Carr, Jeanne Hewell Chambers, Francis Charet, Patricia Fontaine, Linda Garrett, Jackson Gillman, Greg Greenway, Debbie Harris-Mead, Yvette Hyater-Adams, Kelley Hunt, Lana Leonard, Katt Lissard, Perie Longo, Christopher Maier, Deidre McCalla, Nancy Morgan, Rebecca Goodall, Rhonda Patzia, Nina Ricker, Pam Roberts, Nancy Shapiro, Jim Sparrell, Janet Tallman, Shelley Vermilya, Anna Viadero, and Scott Youmans.
The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader – almost 500 pages on social and personal transformation through the spoken, written and sung word – is now available:
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The field of TLA is multi-disciplinary and expansive. Please consult the Goddard Resource Center for extensive readings. What follows here is a list of some of the most referenced books in TLA.
The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader , published by the TLA Network, is the largest single, explicitly TLA-focused book available. It is a collection of essays by the field's leading scholars and practitioners and is a great place to start (scroll down for details!).
Transformative Language Arts in Action, co-edited by Ruth Farmer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2014.
Other texts related are below.