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7-8 a.m. ET/ 6-7 a.m. CT/ 5-6 a.m. MT/ 4-5 a.m. PT– Early Birds or Night Owls Reading (especially for international attendees)
11a.m. - 12 p.m. ET/ 10-11 a.m. CT/ 9-10 a.m. MT/ 8-9 a.m. PT -– Welcome and Talking Circles: Welcome and breakout rooms for talking circles for people to get to know each other.
12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT/ 10:30-11:30 MT/ 9:30-10:30 PT -- Choose from 4 concurrent workshops
Designing Transformative Multidisciplinary Projects with Collaboration at the Core – Akwi Nji
Writing the Extraordinary Details of our Ordinary Lives – Jen Harris
Mindful Writing: Gratitude, the other side of Grief – Marianela Medrano
Flash Fiction: Exploring the Senses, Emotional Resonance and the Path to Healing – Riham Adley
2-3 p.m. ET/ 1-2 p.m. CT/ 12-1 p.m. MT/ 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT – TLA in the World: Transforming Communities Through the Power of Words: Panel Discussion
Sydney Fowler, writer, authenticity reader, Faculty and Community Engagement Coordinator at Lighthouse Writers Workshop
David Kopacz, physician, author, artist
Vanita Leatherwood, poet/artist and social change educator, director of Community Engagement at HopeWorks
Alec Esperanza, Executive Director of Ozo CommUNITY PLUS, educator and activist
Fiona Bolger, writer, mentor, and international facilitator
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Moderator, founder of TLA
3:30-4:30 ET/ 2:30-3:30 p.m. CT/ 1:30-2:30 p.m. MT/ 12:30-1:30 p.m. PT – Choose from 3 concurrent workshops:
What Is It You Need to Say?: Time, Space, and Tools to Write Your Truth -- Fiona Bolger
Writing Into the Contradictions: Juxtaposing Images for Deeper Understanding – Ben Weakley
From Memoir to Monologue – Kelly DuMar
3:45-4:45 ET/ 2:45-3:45 CT/ 1:45-2:45 MT/ 12:45-1:45 PT -- Choose from 3 concurrent workshops:
Using TLA to Create & Deepen Your Family Archive– Amanda Lacson
The Big Picture of Your TLA Livelihood and Life – Kathryn Lorenzen & Caryn Mirriam-Goldber
My Body is Not a Battlefield: Illness, Body, and the Use of Metaphor -- Angie Ebba
6-7 p.m. ET/ 5-6 p.m. CT/ 4-5 p.m. MT/ 3-4 p.m. PT – Coffeehouse of Wonder Open Mics: Share your writing, music, spoken word, drama, or other forms of word arts. You'll be able to sign up for a slot, and because we'll have several break-out rooms, all conference attendees are welcome.
8:30-10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:30-9:30 CT/ 6:30-7:30 p.m. MT/ 5:30-6:30p.m. PT – Keynote Performances and Closing: A Celebration of Poetry, the Spoken Word, Music & Storytelling
1 a.m. ET/ 12 a.m. CT/ 11 p.m. MT/ 10 p.m. PT – Night Owls or Early Birds Reading (especially for international attendees)
Bonus recordings of amazing performers and writers speaking, singing, or reading just for you (each recording will be 10-15 minutes):
A bundle of recordings from the conference, including Open Mics, Keynote Performances, Panel Discussion, and more.
A library of handouts from conference workshops.
A $20 coupon toward a TLAN class you enroll in before May 31st, 2024.