The Transformative Language Arts 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 Transformative Language Arts?
TLA is an emerging field, profession, and calling that acknowledges and supports the power of the spoken, written, and sung word to encourage community-building, cultural shifts, health and healing, liberation, and celebration. Read "Why I'm a Transformative Language Artist" by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg in the Huffington Post.
Support Our Words and WorkThe Transformative Language Arts Network is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization: all donations are tax-deductible and supportive of our work. Please support our work.
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Help the TLA Network support our new stories for how we live, make our livings, serve others, heal, create, and celebrate ourselves and our communities.
The Power of Words: A TLA ReaderThe first anthology on TLA in practice and theory, including ample sections on making a living through TLA, is available through the TLA Network. Get your copy here.
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Category Archives: Health
narrative medicine, poetry therapy, drama therapy, narrative theory, narrative therapy
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 →