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Let's Talk TLA! Creating Experiences of Social Change through Storytelling & The Arts

  • 16 November 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM (EST)
  • Tele-Conference


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Let’s Talk TLA! A FREE Online Salon & Poetry Open Mic

Nov. 16, 2016, 8 – 9:15 pm (Eastern), 7- 8:15 p.m. (Central)

Creating Experiences of Social Change through Storytelling & The Arts, featuring Storyteller & Coach, Doug Lipman

Moderated by Kelly DuMar, Including a Poetry Open Mic!

We hope you’ll join us for our next bi-monthly videoconference featuring storyteller and coach Doug Lipman, when we’ll explore Doug’s ideas about the arts and social change.

“We don't have to talk about social change to create it,” Doug says. “Instead, if we teach and perform in accordance with our values, the process moves people toward change, without relying purely on the content of what we say. Artistic processes like storytelling, singing, dancing, and poetry help us discover and express our highest values and create experiences for others that open them to their true humanity. TLA artists and activists can inspire each other to discover an enlarging web of activities that help people align themselves with currents that will help move us toward a more just, supportive, and enlightened society. The connection between process and change is helping people experience values necessary to a more just society.”

 Please, join us for this unique discussion and networking opportunity followed by a Poetry Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the teleconference is welcome to share an original poem. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your writing in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

Format of the Call

  • Kelly will interview Doug on the call for 30 minutes - we’ll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions & discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

  • We’ll devote the next 15 or so minutes to the open mic poetry readings – bring an original poem to share!

  • You don’t need to be a member of TLAN or registered for a class to participate!

To Join the Call

This meeting is free and open to the public, and you can join by following the links below:


Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/630354554

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,630354554# or +16465588656,630354554#


    Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

    Meeting ID: 630 354 554

    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=fjoy_qIPRzI-My0gRDSsccSMstPVc4rG

(Kelly will arrive on the videoconference at 7:30 p.m. EASTERN on so you can connect early & work out any glitches!)

About Doug Lipman

In 1970, Doug was a struggling teacher of troubled adolescents. He had given up connecting with them when one day, by accident, he found himself telling them a story. They responded! Ever since, he has pursued the transformative power of storytelling. Over the decades of teaching, performing and writing, Doug has noticed how storytelling, language, and the creative process can set in motion the requisites for social change. His ongoing search for effective ways to teach the transformative power of storytelling has led to projects such as a new paradigm for coaching storytellers. To learn more about Doug, go to http://www.StoryDynamics.com

Doug will be teaching an online course for TLAN starting Jan. 11, 2017: "Values of the Future Through Transformative Language Arts.” Learn more or register here.

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and expressive arts workshop facilitator whose chapbook “All These Cures,” won the 2014 Lit House Press poetry contest. Kelly’s poems have been published in many literary journals, and her award winning plays have been produced around the US and published by dramatic publishers. She produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights & Poets, held at Wellesley College, now in its 9th year. Kelly has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her certification in psychodrama and training in Playback Theatre inspire her workshops with transformative energy. Kelly has presented professional workshops at Mass. Poetry Festival, The Boston Book Festival, Playback North America, The New England Theatre Conference, the Transformative Language Arts Conference, ASGPP, The National Association for Poetry Therapy, and The International Women’s Writing Guild. She is a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, a member of the Advisory Council of The International Women’s Writing Guild, and a Council Member of the Transformative Language Arts Network. Her website it kellydumar.com, and she publishes a bi-monthly essay about the writing life to her subscribers.

TLA Classes

We offer online classes to help you deepen your understanding of Transformative Language Arts, explore the craft of various genres and arts related to TLA, and develop your livelihood, community work, and service related to TLA.

Designed and taught by leading teachers, transformative language artists and activists, and master facilitators (want to be one of them?), these classes offer you ample opportunities to grow your art of words, your business and service, and your conversation with your life work.

The online nature of the classes allows you to participate from anywhere in the world (provided you have internet access) at any time of the day while, at the same time, the intimate and welcoming atmosphere of the classes helps students find community, inspiration, and greater purpose.

All classes include hands-on activities (writing, storytelling, theater, spoken word, visual arts, music and/or other prompts), plus great resources, readings, and guidance.

Certification in TLA Foundations 

The TLA Network offers a Certification in Transformative Language Arts Foundations. This certification is an introduction to TLA in theory and practice with opportunities for reflecting and acting on ethical work, community networking, and TLA in action. To learn more, read our answers to common questions about the certification here, and also learn about how a partnership with Goddard College benefits people who receive the certification.

"The Transformative Language Arts Network" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 873 Lansdowne, PA 19050 USA

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