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Welcome to the TLA Network 

We bring together and lift up individuals and organizations that promote forms of the spoken, written, and sung word as a tool for personal and communal transformation. 

We offer:

“Being part of TLA Network, a vibrant, creative, and healing community, allows me to keep my heart open. The community is a playground to regenerate from body to spirit. We are made of the energy of our surroundings, of the people we spend time with. I have consciously chosen TLA Network to root myself in a creative sangha.”

-Marianela Medrano

In the last year, we rebuilt the house of the Transformative Language Arts Network with a fabulous new coordinator, creative and engaged board, exciting global salons, renewed Power of Words conference, and so much more.

Please help us grow our programs, resources, classes, and events to help you and your communities discover, recover, and amplify your voices and visions.

Give today to our 2023 campaign to support scholarships for online classes and our annual conference, new global programs to grow TLA around the world, our forthcoming new podcast and other publications, and program development. Your donation can also be in honor or memory of a loved one. Thank you for giving the power of words!

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Sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone is just to include them. TLAN has been that gift to me and I find myself stretching limits and pushing boundaries because of the trust placed in me. I feel valued.

– Renu Thomas

Outstanding Transformative Language Arts Organization of the Year

Community Building Art Works

Seema Reza, CEO & Poetry Facilitation

Outstanding Transformative Language Arts Practitioner
Vanita Leatherwood
for Hope Works of Howard County

Outstanding Transformative Language Arts Publication
Journal of Expressive Writing
Edited and founded by Jennifer Minotti

Outstanding Transformative Language Arts Network Volunteer
John L. Swainston, TLA Network board member and treasurer

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Thank you to our generous, creative

18th Power of Words Conference sponsors!

We couldn't do what we do without you and people and organizations like you. 

The Yes Within

The Yes Within's Website

Contact them at: vanita@theyeswithin.com

I believe that inside each of us there is a living well; the fount of our spirit. The Yes Within workshops and private sessions create pathways to that power, to stimulate personal growth, joy, wellbeing & healing.

Community Building Art Works

Community Building Art Works Website

Contact them at: info@cbaw.org

CBAW is a charitable organization that builds healthy and connected communities through workshops led by professional artists where veterans and civilians share creative expression, mutual understanding, and support. Join us for free and low cost virtual workshops and events.


Poetry&'s Website

Contact them at: poetryamp@gmail.com

Poetry& is an Iowa-based nonprofit organization created to advance awareness and appreciation for poetry and poets through educational events that celebrate the written and spoken word. They are dedicated to nurturing creativity, encouraging understanding, and enriching lives by making the cultural and communication benefits of poetry accessible — especially to underserved communities.

Emporia State University—School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Emporia State's School of Humanities & Social Sciences Website

Contact them at: bluestem@emporia.edu // 620-341-1200

Emporia State University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers you the opportunity to dive deeper into topics that interest you most while gaining skills in communicating, problem-solving, research, and more. In Creative Writing, English, and our new BA program in Languages, Literary Study, and Writing you can learn how to write better, teach, express yourself through poetry and prose, develop a screenplay, or film a video essay. All while exploring the world around you.  

Greenfire Creative

Greenfire Creative's Website

Contact them at: 970-215-6102 | judyb@greenfire-creative.com

We help you tell the story--through writing coaching; writing retreats, workshops, and programs; writing and editing services; and writing resources.

Joy Zimmerman Music

Joy Zimmerman Music's Website

Contact them at: https://joyzimmermanmusic.com/contact

Joy Zimmerman is a touring folk & acoustic roots singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Joy’s soulful voice lights up songs of hope, resilience, and humor. Joy's new album, "Where the Light Lives," illuminates light within the cracks of these challenging times and debuted at #6 on the Folk Alliance International (FAI) Folk Chart Top Albums August 2023.

Your Right Livelihood

Your Right Livelihood's Website

Contact them at: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg - carynmirriamgoldberg@gmail.com and Kathryn Lorenzen - kathryn.lorenzen@gmail.com

Classes, Coaching, and Retreats on the Work, Art, and Service You Love With Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Kathryn Lorenzen


Hopeworks Website

Contact them at: vleatherwood@hopeworksofhc.org

HopeWorks is a private nonprofit agency with a mission is to support and advocate for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and to engage the community in creating the change required for violence prevention. We use the arts in three important ways to accomplish our mission: to support survivors in their healing; as a vehicle to increase awareness; and to imagine creative solutions to bring about social change.

To accomplish our mission, we use an anti-racist/anti-oppression analysis and framework; enabling us to address and decrease the root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence, as well as the systems that fuel sexism, racism, poverty, transphobia, health disparities, homophobia, ableism, genocide, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.  We support and partner with others doing anti-racist/anti-oppression work, efforts to achieve healthier relationships and a world where each person is safe, valued and affirmed.

Success Coaching with Ronda Miller

Contact them at: Coachingforliferonda@yahoo.com | 785-840-4150

Whether you want to rewrite your trauma, achieve personal goal setting, inspire your creativity, build better interpersonal relationships, or need accountability, Success Coaching has plans to help you succeed.

Certificate in TLA Foundations

We offer a certificate in Transformative Language Arts Foundations, an introduction to TLA in theory and practice with a focus on ethical work, community networking, and TLA in action. To learn more, visit our Certificate in TLA Foundations 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

The Transformative Language Arts Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

1741 Valley Forge Road, #175, Worcester, PA 19490


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