With the goal of keeping our community safe during COVID, we moved this year's Power of Words Conference online using the video conferencing platform Zoom, from October 28-31, 2021. Hosting a conference online creates some interesting challenges, while also providing wonderful opportunities to do things differently!
In addition to our four incredible keynotes, Joy Harjo, Lyla June, Caits Meissner, and Javier Zamora, we are excited to present close to 30 workshops led by transformative language artists from around the globe, spanning 20 time zones. You can read more about the sessions and other events throughout the weekend here.
The schedule posted below provides a quick overview of the weekend's events. You can also download a PDF file version of the schedule here. The lefthand side of the schedule lists the Conference schedule across some of the major time zones represented at the Conference, and the righthand side shows the Pre-Conference and Conference schedule. Please note: in order to attend the Pre-Conference, you must register for the Conference first. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend scholarship funds towards the cost of attending the Pre-Conference.
Zoom links to all Conference events will be emailed in the days prior to the Conference.
We hope you will join us!
Hanne Weedon, Managing Director
& the Power of Words Conference team
A showcase of recent work created by Kelly DuMar's TLA Network class, Your Memoir as Monologue. This event is free and open to the public, and will be on Zoom.
Keynote Workshops and Panel Discussion
P1. Pre-Conference Workshop #1: Caits Meissner
P2. Pre-Conference Workshop #2: Lyla June
P3. Pre-Conference Workshop #3: Javier Zamora
P4. Pre-Conference Panel Discussion: Joy Harjo, Lyla June, Javier Zamora, and Caits Meissner.
Opening Remarks & Welcome - TLA Network Managing Director, Hanne Weedon & Board Chair, Liz Burke
Keynote #1 - Lyla June
Social Gathering - Night Owls Open Mic Reading
Saturday, October 30thConference, continued
Session Track #1
1A. The Self-Expression Experience: Methods for Healing and Bonding in Recovery from Addiction- Dylan Lundgren
1B. Theatre for All - Inclusive Theatre and Poetry for People of Diverse Abilities in SW Minnesota - Wilbur Neushwander-Frink, Diana Joseph
1C. Writing to Right the World: Channeling Soul Force - Jennifer Browdy
1D. Mindful Writing - Marianela Medrano
1E. Kissing the Muse: A Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure - Robbyn Layne McGill
Session Track #2
2A. Storyteller as Cartographer: Mapping the Imagination - Caleb Winebrenner
2B. Intuition is Your Superpower: Reclaiming Your Wisdom Through Writing - Elizabeth Perlman
2C. Writing Parenthood - Kimberly Lee
2D. Writing Beyond Borders! Processing Social Commitments, Racial Justices and Community Wellbeing in a Pandemic - Jennifer Hartmark-Hill, MD, Lizanne Fehsenfeld, MD, and Stephanie Troutman Robbins, MD.
2E. A Virtual Greenhouse--Cultivating, Nurturing, and Sustaining Creative Growth through Literary Friendship - Rachel Gabriel, Elizabeth Burke, and Diane Glass, with Kelly DuMar, moderator
2F. Plants, Painting, and Poetry: Community building with Youtube - Nicelle Davis
Keynote #2 - Javier Zamora
Session Track #3
3A. Metaphor Magic: Transforming Challenging Emotions into Creative Radiance - Hilton Koppe
3B. The Shortest Distance Between Two People is a Story - Judy Fort Brenneman
3C. Not Quite: Asian Americans and the "Other" in the Era of the Pandemic and the Uprising - Ada Cheng
3D. Visioning for Justice - Vynetta A. Morrow
3E. Building Your House of Right Livelihood - Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
3F. Qiqong or Energy Cultivation - Katia Hage
Keynote #3: Joy Harjo
Session Track #4
4A. Inside the bones : finding words for what cannot be spoken - Dr. Nathalie Frickey
4B. Flash Fiction: Finding Our Words & The Path to Healing - Riham Adly
4C. Warrior Pose: Self & Community Care Retreat and Workshop for Social Justice Educators -Zena Robinson-Wouadjou and Vanessa Emile
4D. The healing power of language: how does it really work? - Barbara Mainguy & Lewis Mehl-Madrona
4E. Filling the Vessel: Unmasking Our Stories of Pandemic/Post-Pandemic Self-Care - Lyn Ford
Keynote #4: Caits Meissner
Session Track #5
5A. What is a Day? Writing Poetry as a Practice of Seizing and Being Seized - Kelly DuMar
5B. Making Space for Grief with a Creative Notebook Practice - Lisa Chu, MD
5C. Storytelling & Narrative: Creating Transformative Experience & Liberatory Action in Education and Movement Space - Diana Waters
5D. Collaborative Writing: Building Community Through Poetry - Angie Ebba
5E. Teaching Tools for TLA Practitioners & Artists - Liz Burke