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.
What's New? We Are!
New year and new TLAN: We are honored to introduce our new board and staff. Stay tuned for lots more member and community programs, possibilities to get involved, and transformative language arts for your lives and communities.
Our new board...
From top left: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (chair), John Swainston (treasurer), Amanda Faye Lacson, Marianela Medrano, Renu Thomas, Tracie Nichols, Cheryl Kane, Kelly Hams Pearson, Aryn Bartley, Vanita Leatherwood, Joy Zimmerman, and Kathryn Lorenzen. Read all about us here.
Meet a TLAN Member!
Elizabeth Chesla, MA, a TLAN member with a certificate in TLA Foundations, recently shared with us that her soon-to-be-published novella, You Cannot Forbid the Flower, exists, in part, because of her connection with the TLAN community.
Liz says, “I took The Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Change and Community with Caryn and Joy in the summer of 2020. I expected the course to strengthen my confidence and broaden my toolbox as a facilitator. What I did not expect was how much the course also helped me find my voice and confidence as a writer, both through the rich, layered writing prompts and the genuine, encouraging feedback from Caryn, Joy, and my classmates. Buoyed by the class, I submitted a book proposal to a small, independent press a few months later. My book will be published in August!”
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, go here.