Welcome to the
ive 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.

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



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

Changing the World With Words: Transformative Language Arts Foundations with writer, facilitator, and coach Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA. Six weeks: October 12 – November 16.
Explore how TLA can be practiced through writing, storytelling, performance, song, and collaborative, expressive and integrated arts

New! The Word Artist in the Public Square: with Kansas Poet Laureate Emerita, writer, author, and mentor Denise Low. Six Weeks: Nov. 2 – Dec. 13.
Learn ways the individual can keep artistic integrity and be effective in the cross-currents of public presentations of creative works–and learn how to engage in the public square of readings, social media, reviews, contests, and conferences.

Let’s Talk TLA! Free Phone Conference Q&A and Poetry Open Mic: moderated by Kelly DuMar with special guest Callid Keefe-Perry. Thursday, October 28, 8pm Eastern. We hope you’ll join us in this free phone conference Q&A and poetry open mic! Kelly DuMar, Membership Chair of TLAN, will interview Callid Keefe-Perry, Educator, Minister and Advocate for the Arts who is also the TLAN Council Chair. Bring your questions to this interview and discussion about how Callid uses Transformative Language Arts in his role as an educator.

Sneak peek at 2016 winter-spring classes here.


certificationThe TLA Network is proud to announce the first certification in TLA: Transformative Language Arts Foundations. This certification is an introduction to TLA in theory and practice with opportunities for reflecting and acting on ethical work, community networking, and TLA in action.



rhiannonRegister now and get the Super Early Bird Rate for the Power of Words Conference, August 12-14, 2016 on the coast of Saco, Maine. Keynoters include Rhiannon, Seema Reza, Callid Keefe-Perry, and Lyn Ford.

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.