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Welcome to the TLA Network 

The TLA Network exists to support and promote individuals and organizations that use the spoken, written, or sung word as a tool for personal and community transformation.

Our mission is to foster the growth of the field and profession of Transformative Language Arts (TLA), by providing spaces, both physical and electronic, where people interested in TLA can share resources, network, learn, and enhance their capacity to practice it in their communities. 

We offer:

Special Event: A Banquet of TLA

Enjoy yourself in a welcoming and vibrant community of other creatives. Everyone also gets an ample doggie bag of handouts, plus recipes for great dishes from famous writers, to bring home with them.

Our banquet will be on Zoom, so you can attend from wherever you are without any need to dress up, find a place to park, or figure out what to order.

This event is a fundraiser to help us expand our staff to better serve you and others who resonate with the power of words to spark positive change in our lives and the world.

Feed me!

Win A Free Class!

Everyone who registers for the Power of Words conference by 11:59 p.m. (your time) on June 1, 2024 will be entered into a drawing to win one free TLA class of your choice!

The conference already features four amazing keynote presenters plus six poets laureate of the mid-west and four musicians with a diverse, engaging list of  transformative language arts workshops in the works.

So don't miss out! Throw your name in our hat! Register by June 1, 2024 and maybe you will be the one walking away with a free class this year!

Yes! Register me now!

2024 Power of Words Conference

September 26-29, 2024, Unity Village, MO

Conference Info          Registration

This powerful conference brings together writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, educators, activists, healers, health professionals, community leaders, and more! Together we explore the written, spoken and sung word, seeking to find how it can bring liberation, celebration, and transformation to individuals and communities. 

Pre-Conference events will be held on Thursday evening and Friday morning and afternoon. They are open to all Conference attendees for an additional fee.

Check out the details about our keynoters -- Ada Cheng, Glenn North, Marianela Medrano, and Exodus Brownlow -- and the musicians and poets laureate coming as well as the schedule and other important conference information.

You can find travel and lodging information here.

And reach new audiences, communities and clients by becoming a sponsor or underwriter!


Certificate in TLA Foundations

The TLAF Certificate is an introduction to the principles and practice of TLA with opportunities for reflecting and acting on ethical work and sound facilitation, community networking, and how you can make TLA an integral part of your life and work.

Through the program you will enhance your:

  • Knowledge of the theory, ethics, and practice of TLA

  • Personal and professional TLA practice

  • Skills in course design and facilitation

  • Creative and critical writing ability

  • Skills in thoughtful discussion and feedback

  • Connection to a community of compassionate changemakers

To learn more, visit our Certificate in TLA Foundations page.


Experienced Transformative Language Artists Welcome! 

We actively seek classes on a variety of TLA genres – writing, storytelling, theatre-making, expressive arts, etc., as well as mixed-mediums (such as storytelling and writing) – and on a variety of topics, such as health and healing, social transformation, right livelihood, engaged spirituality, and ecological literacy.

We envision our online classes as one way we can support TLArtists making a living and creating work of meaning that serves their community.

For more information, visit our Teach For the Network page.


Why become a TLAN member?

“Within TLAN, I’ve experienced a profound sense of validity, of acceptance and support, that goes far beyond camaraderie. It’s inspirational, and it’s practical. It motivates me, and it provides tools and ideas that inform every aspect of my work. TLAN classes, conferences, and programs have expanded and deepened my own creative work; pieces begun as class assignments have been published and are forthcoming. Shared advice and discoveries from other members has enriched and extended my coaching practice, helping me help others tell their stories.”

– Judy Brenneman

Learn more about TLAN membership


Help us grow, deepen, and expand Transformative Language Arts in the world.

The TLA Network serves as a supportive community of thoughtful and engaged practitioners, activists, health professionals, educators, artists, change-makers and community leaders dedicated to making the world a better place.

As a non-profit, the TLA Network relies on memberships, event registrations, and contributions from individuals like you to support our programming. To make a contribution, click on the button below.

Donate to the TLA Network

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