Unity Village, our Power of Words conference site, at twilight.

Welcome to the Transformative Language Arts Network! We support individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation. Here’s what new with us:

Power of Words conference: Sept. 18-20, 2015, Kansas City (at beautiful Unity Village): Register now for this life-changing conference. Keynoters include writer Jimmy Santiago Baca, playwright Darren Canady, spoken word artists/actors/writers/activists Sha Cage and E.G. Bailey, and poet and writer Xánath Caraza. Help us raise funds for scholarships, including support for people of color, youth, and people living with serious illness or disabilities. Learn more here about your tax-deductible donation.

Jimmy Santiago Baca “How can one diminish the power of words and what they have done to me? They’ve changed my life, taught me to love, described what deep learning is, opened my eyes, shaped my speech, all bound together and much more to give me an amazing life, and this conference swells with that importance. It’s the epiphany and epicenter of using language to learn to love ourselves and others.” — Jimmy Santiago Baca


Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations – with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joanna Tebbs Young immerses participants into TLA, including history, theory and practice, genres and arts, community practices, ethics, and more as well as TLA in service, as a catalyze and as part of our vocations and avocations. Creative writing prompts, discussions, and great community abound. May 18 – June 28. More here.

Classes also help fulfill requirements for the New TLA Foundations Certification.

Become a Member Today! Join for $35 to receive discounts on classes, the conference, and to help us thrive and grow.

Chrysalis: A Journal of Transformative Language Arts’s first issue now out.