The TLA Network
supports individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation. We offer an annual conference, The Power of Words; online classes; a global community-building project, One City One Prompt; a scholarly and professional journal, Chrysalis, and more.
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What is TLA?
Transformative Language Arts is an emerging field, profession, and calling focused on changing the world through our words. Transformative Language Artists draw on creative writing, storytelling, singing, performance and more for community building, social change, ecological and spiritual activism, as well as personal and collective healing.
Category Archives: Health
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It has certainly been quite the while since I recorded a TLA talk for our growing network of busy-bee language artists. Moving to New York, double jobs, finding time to write, sneaking in the simple … Continue reading →
By Joanna Tebbs Young I made a mistake. I recently presented a workshop at a local hospital about using writing as a stress reliever. The small room was half full. While I am fairly comfortable speaking or facilitating with a … Continue reading →
By Miriam Gabriel Last night, I called into an open conference call last-minute. My laptop has retired a few days ago; its dark-rimmed, clunky embrace with makeshift DIY Ubuntu operating system will be missed. The tablet is slow after a recent … Continue reading →
By Miriam Gabriel Here was a space where "matter being alive" was more than a mantra jumping off a page. The yoga of rustling Pennsylvania leaves, neither shy nor shrill, not restless but not still, was a mirroring metaphor of … Continue reading →
The 2013 Power of Words conference Oct. 11-13 at Pendle Hill (near Philadelphia) has been featured on two blogs recently. Joanna Tebbs Young wrote "To Taste Like Twice: Processing the Power of Words Conference" at her blog Wisdom Within, Ink. … Continue reading →