Classes: About & Enrollment Information

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, and at the same time, the intimate and welcoming atmosphere of the classes helps students find community, inspiration, and greater purpose.

While each class is unique to the teacher's style, all classes include hands-on activities (writing, storytelling, theater, spoken word, visual arts, music and/or other prompts), plus great resources, readings, and guidance. We use the online educational platform, Wet Ink for our classes, and many combine in-person meetings on Zoom and asynchronous gatherings via Wet Ink:

  • Our Community Online Classes have a set period of time, ranging from one day to eight weeks with a small cohort of typically 5 to 25 people. Every Wednesday a new weekly module opens for you to engage with on your own time, with forums and opportunities to share, interact, and receive feedback from peers and the teacher. If the teacher wants to schedule a live meeting, they will coordinate directly with enrolled participants. Classes remain open and available to enrolled participants for at least a week after the class end date.

Enrollment Cost

Classes are priced by the number of weeks they run, and members can register at the discounted member tuition rates. (For example, members pay $255 for a 6-week course, while non-members pay $295.)

Each registration is for one participant only, and all classes, unless arrangements are approved beforehand by the teacher and the TLA Network coordinator, are for people age 18 and up.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations: A nonrefundable fee of 10% is included in each registration. There are no cancellations after the class begins. For the purposes of cancellation, the class beginning date is defined as the start date published by TLAN on the class registration page.

Low Enrollment Cancellations: Classes that do not meet a minimum enrollment may be canceled a minimum of 3 days prior to the first class meeting with full refunds for all registrants.

Incomplete: Students seeking the certificate in TLA Foundations who cannot complete a class due to circumstances out of their control may be granted a discounted registration on the next available offering of that class. To be eligible for the discount students must communicate their circumstance to the teacher as soon as possible.


Upcoming Classes

    • 04 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • online
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    This class focuses on the healing potential -- both in theory and practice -- of writing about challenges, losses, and brokenness in our lives.

    How to Write About Life's Hard Stuff is being offered as a fundraiser—all proceeds will be donated to TLAN.

    "These are the materials," Poet Adrienne Rich writes of life's "wreckage, dreck and waste" as well the moon rising over wreckage, dreck and waste. Whether writing poetry, fiction, memoir, or in other genres, your materials are key, especially when writing about something charged, painful or tender. To avoid spinning your wheels in the metaphorical mud, it's important to explore when and how to write about life's hard stuff, and to create enough perspective to aim yourself toward writing that's strong and transformative. By looking at how and when writing can be healing, examples of strong writing in several genres, and ways to further unfold your writing, you can better find your way into poetry, fiction, and memoir that draws from your more challenging life experiences.

    Drawing on the theory and practice of therapeutic writing as well as research and experience on how to write toward greater lightness and freedom, we'll experiment with several short writing prompts and discuss applications and ramifications. Moreover, we'll consider how to listen to our bodies in how and when to write about losses, challenges, and moments of brokenness in our lives. This class is very focused on guiding ourselves by our full wisdom and discernment, and we'll talk about how to bring that better in focus as we write.

    All participants will receive a packet of writing prompts, research and theory sources, and information on how to develop their own best prompts.

    Who Should Attend?

    Anyone who turns to writing to help them find greater healing and wholeness as well as people who facilitate writing classes or coaching or work as therapists, educators, or collaborative arts facilitators.

    Format

    This is a one-time 2-hour session that focuses on the healing/therapeutic aspects of writing, especially in concert with when and when not to write about traumatic and stressful experiences. This class will be presented as a two-hour Zoom session and will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend live. 

    Your Registration Fee is a Donation

    Because this event is so generously being offered by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg as a fundraiser, your entire registration fee will go directly to support scholarships, program development, and other offerings meant to expand and enrich our community. You will be helping programs like:

    • Power of Words Scholarship Fund
    • Online Class Scholarship Fund
    • The Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Fund (conference and online class support for both BIPOC people and people who are living with serious illness and/or disabilities.)
    • Supporting global programs to grow TLA around the world
    • Our forthcoming new podcast
    • Our blog and other publications

    Registration Levels:

    • Level I – $200.00
    • Level II – $150.00
    • Level III – $75.00
    • Level IV – $50.00
    We thank you. 

    About the Facilitator

    Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, is the founder of Transformative Language Arts and the author of two dozen books. Her publications include How Time Moves: New & Selected Poems; Miriam's Well, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet, a bioregional memoir.

    A writing and right livelihood coach, working with people to bring what wants to be written and lived into being, Mirriam-Goldberg offers community writing workshops widely, and with Kelley Hunt, Brave Voice retreats. She also co-leads the Your Right Livelihood class and retreat with Kathryn Lorenzen, and the Art of Facilitation training with Joy Roulier Sawyer, with whom she also offers the annual Writing from the Soul retreat.

    Born hard-wired to make something (in art, music, and especially writing), Caryn’s long-time callings include writing as a spiritual and ecological path, yoga, drawing, cultivating a loving marriage, family, and community, and helping herself and others make and take leaps into the miraculous work of their lives.

    You can connect with Caryn at:

    https://www.carynmirriamgoldberg.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/carynmirriamgoldberg

    https://www.facebook.com/CarynMirriamGoldbergWriter

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/caryn-mirriam-goldberg-3772006/

    • 05 June 2024
    • 16 July 2024
    • Online
    • 11
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    "If we don’t strike a careful balance between candor and sensitivity, we run the risk of exploiting traumatic experiences rather than creating opportunities for healing."

    Many of us use writing to process difficult experiences and past traumas. Such writing can be beneficial not only for the writer, but the reader as well – allowing those who have experienced trauma to feel understood and validated.

    However, this is delicate work that requires careful intention. We don’t necessarily want to be “confessional” or gratuitously graphic; nor should we attempt to spare audiences from difficult moments by obscuring them with metaphor or ambiguity. If we don’t strike a careful balance between candor and sensitivity, we run the risk of exploiting traumatic experiences rather than creating opportunities for healing.  

    Using the principles of trauma-informed practice, this class will explore approaches to writing about challenging topics – such as abuse, assault, suicide, mental illness, and other sensitive issues – in ways that make the work honest, affirming, and safe for readers to feel seen rather than sensationalized. 

    Week by Week

    Week 1: Introduction to the class & the topic

    We’ll begin by introducing ourselves and establishing a common understanding of “hard things” and “trauma-informed writing.” Our discussion will focus on difficult subjects that we have both read about and struggled with in our own writing. Participants will be invited to consider a particular project (or projects) to focus on for the duration of the class.

    Week 2: Writing to be Sensitive

    As we begin exploring trauma-informed writing, we’ll discuss how to approach projects with self-awareness and how to set expectations for readers. We’ll discuss how unconscious biases, internalized assumptions, and/or cultural expectations can affect our writing and our readers. We’ll explore strategies for recognizing and resolving our own blind spots and limitations. Finally, we’ll examine examples of trigger warnings and other external/pre-narrative cues to help readers prepare for encountering our difficult material.

    Week 3: Writing to Affirm

    Writing about traumatic experiences requires honesty, clarity, specificity, and fullness. Weeks 3 & 4 will include writing exercises that challenge us to move closer to the difficult materials, rather than pulling back from the details. This week, we’ll focus on showing these experiences by focusing on the body’s sensations and physical reactions. 

    Week 4: Writing to Affirm, cont. 

    One of the greatest challenges in writing hard things is to make them more than just “hard things.” This week’s exercises will ask us to acknowledge the multiplicity of emotions that coexist in the presence/aftermath of trauma or difficult experiences. By including feelings like desire, humor, apathy, contentment, or excitement, we give our writing about difficult topics a fullness that honors the human experience. 

    Week 5: Writing to be Responsive

    As we write about difficult topics, it is important that we not only recognize our own assumptions and expectations, but those that exist within the larger culture as well. There are many tropes and conventions that do a disservice to those who have actually lived through trauma or painful experiences. We will look at good and bad examples of this and discuss strategies for recognizing and resisting writing patterns that may unfold almost unconsciously.  

    Week 6. Writing to be Responsive, cont.

    Writing about hard things isn’t necessarily enough. We have to think about how we present those things and whether we are reinforcing potentially harmful patterns. What’s more, this work gives us an opportunity to go a step further and write toward an optimistic reality. In our final week, we’ll explore ways that our writing can not just explore difficult topics but also model the kind of response to those topics we’d like to see, without being unrealistic or overly idealized. 

    Who Should Take This Class

    Writers of any type would benefit from this class, especially if they are interested in or practicing writing about traumatic experiences or sensitive topics. Even if trauma is not a central component to a writer's work, many would benefit from better understanding the impact that even "ancillary" trauma (something in a character's or subject's background or something that is part of a sub plot) could have on readers. The class is appropriate for writers of all genres, but the material will be largely focused on creative writers, with an emphasis on fiction and poetry.

    Format

    This class will offer a weekly two-hour Zoom meeting from 7-9pm EDT (UTC -4). Click here to convert to your time zone. The zoom meeting day of the week is proposed to be either a Monday or a Tuesday and will be determined in conversation with the people who register. Zoom meetings will begin either June 10 or 11, 2024, based on the day of week chosen by the class. Zoom sessions will be recorded and class materials will also be shared in the classroom platform Wet Ink

    About the Facilitator

    Autumn Konopka is a writer, runner, mental health advocate, and trauma-informed teaching artist. Her debut novel, Pheidippides Didn’t Die (Manuscripts, 2023), earned honorable mention in the 2023 Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards, and Kirkus calls the book “a compelling adult romance that captures the complexities of trauma dynamics.” A former poet laureate of Montgomery County, PA (2016), Autumn’s work has been published widely in literary journals, and her poetry chapbook, a chain of paper dolls, was published in 2014 by the Head & the Hand Press (Philadelphia). She holds a BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Dedicated to promoting the social, emotional, and mental health benefits of running, Autumn volunteers as an ambassador for Still I Run and as a coach for Girls on the Run. She lives with her family outside of Philadelphia. You can connect with Autumn at www.autumnkonopka.com, and at amkonopka (Instagram), autumnkonopka.author (Facebook), autumnkonopka (LinkedIn).

    • 15 June 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online
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    Join us for a replenishing afternoon featuring a delicious menu of Transformative Language Arts in poetry, memoir, stories, and song.

    Enjoy yourself in a welcoming and vibrant community of other creatives. Everyone also gets an ample doggie bag of handouts, plus recipes for great dishes from famous writers, to bring home with them.

    Our banquet will be on Zoom, so you can attend from wherever you are without any need to dress up, find a place to park, or figure out what to order.

    This event is a fundraiser to help us expand our staff to better serve you and others who resonate with the power of words to spark positive change in our lives and the world.

    Your Menu

    Welcome and Be Our Guest with your host, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

    Amuse Bouche—A Taste of Poetry Aloud with Eric McHenry

    Enjoy poetry memorized and recited by Eric McHenry, former Kansas Poet Laureate, and reconnect with the wonder of learning and taking into your memory poems you love.

    Appetizers—Measured in Moments: A Taste of Micro-Memoir with Elizabeth Chelsa

    Micro-memoir invites you to tell a compelling personal story in under 300 words by focusing on a moment or memory that has shaped you. This taster course will briefly define the micro-memoir genre, share strategies for capturing snapshots in powerful prose, and provide a smorgasbord of prompts for crafting your own micros.

    Soup & Salad—Mindful Writing for Conscious Embodiment with Marianela Medrano

    Mindful Writing (MW) creates a bridge to healing the self. It facilitates the process of writing from and with the body, bringing attention from the neck down. Mindful Writing is an invitation to write in a less cerebral, intellectualized way, softening to the whispers of a body with the wisdom to guide us to conscious awareness. In Mindful Writing, we observe our behaviors and the cultural, political, and emotional/psychological structures we create. We watch our language and find the etiology of our attachments, beliefs, and views. With our Writing, we shine a light on the perspectives we hold and strive to see our shared humanity thru the lens of love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

    Entree—Rewriting Your Future with Lewis Mehl-Madrona

    Medical and psychological healing is easier when we can imagine where we want to go. People tend to wrestle over how to improve without clear images of the destination. We will explore techniques for creating images of healthy futures and then exploring how that future can draw us toward it. Is it possible that Coyote is right -- the future creates the past?

    Dessert—If Music Be the Food of Love: Savor the music of Joy Zimmerman in a short concert

    Sit back and savor the original songs of Joy Zimmerman with just the right balance of savory and sweet.

    Closing—Hugging Goodbye

    Bid your new friends adieu and we’ll send a doggie bag of handouts with you, including special recipes (yes, for real food) by famous writers.

    About Your Chefs

    A Taste of Poetry Aloud with Eric McHenry, former Kansas Poet Laureate

    Eric McHenry is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Odd Evening (Waywiser, 2016). His honors include the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, and a term as poet laureate of Kansas. His poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The New Republic, The Times Literary Supplement, Field, and The Yale Review. His prose appears in The American Scholar and The New York Times Book Review. He teaches English at Washburn University.

    Measured in Moments: A Taste of Micro-Memoir with Elizabeth Chelsa

    Elizabeth Lukács Chesla is the author of You Cannot Forbid the Flower (2023), a hybrid novella based on her father’s experiences in World War II and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The daughter of Hungarian refugees and a mother of three, she earned her MA from Columbia University and spent a decade teaching writing and literature in New York City before moving back home to the Philadelphia suburbs to raise her family. There she wrote books on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills for educational publishers; served as an editor for nonprofit organizations; taught online writing and literature courses for homeschoolers; became a yoga teacher specializing in support for hypermobility and trauma; and co-founded a weekly embodied writing group for women.She now leads writing and yoga workshops, develops humanities content for educational publishers, and serves as an editor for emerging authors. Her work has appeared in Quarter After Eight,The Tattooed Buddha, Another Chicago Magazine, and Flare, a flash fiction anthology. Learn more here.

    Mindful Writing for Conscious Embodiment with Marianela Medrano

    Dr. Marianela Medrano was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. A poet and a writer of nonfiction and fiction, she holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has published numerous poetry collections in English and Spanish. Her literary work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She is the founder of Palabra Counseling & Training Center, LLC. Her TEDTALK at Ursuline College speaks about her work and research on the Taino people: Embed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pQeBYd2oJk. Dr. Medrano is a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher. She is a mentor/supervisor for the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, IFBPT. In 2023, she was awarded a grant by the Bess Family Foundation to research interspecies care. She loves the earth and is committed to caring for the pluriverse until her last breath. Dr. Medrano has lectured in many countries, including Spain, India, Colombia, El Salvador, Panamá, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Website, LinkedIn, Facebook,Youtube, Instagram.

    Rewriting Your Future with Lewis Mehl-Madrona

    Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD is a faculty physician in the Northern Light Acadia Psychiatric Residency Program. He is also associated with the Family Medicine Residency at Northern Light in Bangor, Maine. He graduated from Indiana University, Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed his post-graduate medical training at the University of Vermont. He works with Coyote Institute, whose goal is to bring Indigenous wisdom to the larger world. His PhD is in neuropsychology.  He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom, Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story, and Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. His work focuses on the power of story, the neuroscience of story, and story as a tool for transformation. He keeps trying to transform psychiatry to be more humane and richer with stories.Coyote Institute, Coyote Institute Facebook page,Lewis’ website, Facebook page, or LinkedIn.

    If Music Be the Food of Love with Joy Zimmerman

    Joy Zimmerman is a touring folk & acoustic roots singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Joy’s clear, honeyed voice lights up her songs of hope, resilience, and humor. Her eighth album, The Canvas Before Us, debuted at #8 on the FAI Folk Charts in 2021. A former social worker, Joy is an ArtistINC alumnus and an Artist as Activist grant recipient from the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Joy’s many collaborations include a portrait exhibit she curated based on her song, “Women Who Walked on Water,” at the InterUrban ArtHouse. Joy is the Power of Words conference co-chair. Website, Facebook,Instagram.

    This fundraiser offers you a sliding scale of options. Please donate whatever you can to help us grow TLA. Thank you!

    Level I: $75 | Level II: $150 | Level III: $250


Past Classes

07 January 2024 Building Connections to Create Sustainable Work in the Arts // with Caryn-Mirriam Goldberg & Kathryn Lorenzen
03 December 2023 Monologue Showcase: Voices for Healing & Transformation
23 October 2023 TLA Network Global Virtual Salon
09 September 2023 Wounds of Wisdom // with Anjana Deshpande
06 September 2023 Telling It Slant: The Art of Autofiction // with Elizabeth Chesla
06 September 2023 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
06 September 2023 Liminal Spaces: The Poetry of Transitions and Change // with Angie Ebba
15 August 2023 TLA Network Virtual Global Salon
13 August 2023 Leading Transformative Writing Workshops // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
25 June 2023 TLA Network Virtual Salon
07 June 2023 Twelve Poets to Change Your Life // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
07 June 2023 Flash Fiction: Writing from the Subconscious // with Riham Adly
15 March 2023 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
27 January 2023 What Next? Launching Your Work in the World // with Caits Meissner
18 January 2023 This is Who I Am: Exploring Personal Identity through Poetry and Art // with Angie Ebba
18 January 2023 Flash Fiction Forms: Exploring Elements of Craft Through Archetypes & Metaphors in Dreams, Tarot, & Fairy Tales // with Riham Adly
18 January 2023 Pathways to Wholeness: Mindful Writing Toward Momentous Leaps of Meaning // with Marianela Medrano
04 December 2022 Re-Visioning TLA in the World: A Community Conversation
03 December 2022 Your Calling, Your Livelihood, Your Life: Making a Living from TLA // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Kathern Lorenzen
26 October 2022 Identity and Belonging: An Exploration through Visual Art and Creative Writing // with Renu Thomas
12 October 2022 Monologue Showcase: Voices for Healing & Transformation
15 September 2022 Flash Fiction Showcase & Open Mic with Riham Adly & Friends
14 September 2022 Beyond the Hero’s Journey: Exploring the Paths of the Heroine, Healer, and Seeker // with Kimberly Lee
07 September 2022 Your Memoir as Monologue - with Showcase: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
15 June 2022 How Pictures Heal: Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
15 June 2022 Leverage Your TLA Expertise as a Social Arts Practice, for Community Engagement, & Radical Livelihood // with Yvette Hyater-Adams
18 May 2022 Flash Fiction: Writing from the Subconscious // with Riham Adly
20 April 2022 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
09 April 2022 What Is Your Poem Begging to Look Like? Finding the Best Form Through Revision: How to Take Your Expressive Writing to the Next Level // with Fleda Brown
16 February 2022 Not Enough Spoons: Writing About Disability & Chronic Illness // with Angie Ebba
14 January 2022 The Quest of Purposeful Memoir: Exploring the Past, Creating the Future // with Jennifer Browdy, PhD
12 January 2022 Grief Pages: Moving Through Change and Loss with a Creative Notebook Practice // with Lisa Chu
17 November 2021 Pathways to Wholeness: Mindful Writing Toward Momentous Leaps of Meaning // with Marianela Medrano
10 November 2021 Kissing the Muse: A Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure // with Robbyn Layne McGill
28 October 2021 Monologue Showcase: Voices of Healing & Transformation
28 October 2021 2021 Power of Words Conference
15 September 2021 Your Memoir as Monologue with Showcase: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
30 August 2021 For the Love of it: A Mindful Moment of Rejuvenation for Educators // with Joanna Tebbs Young
07 July 2021 Future Casting: Writing Towards a Just World Vision // with Caits Meissner
02 June 2021 The Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Change & Community // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
17 May 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Curriculum // with Liz Burke, EdD
26 April 2021 Tools for Teachers: Marketing Your TLA Class // with Liz Burke, EdD
18 April 2021 Monologue Showcase: Voices of Change
05 April 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Proposal // with Liz Burke, EdD
24 March 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Curriculum // with Liz Burke, EdD
24 February 2021 Tools for Teachers: Marketing Your TLA Class // with Liz Burke, EdD
03 February 2021 Tools for Teachers: Creating a Strong TLA Course Proposal // with Liz Burke, EdD
03 February 2021 Your Memoir as Monologue: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
20 January 2021 Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford
06 January 2021 Kissing the Muse: (Another) Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure // with Robbyn Layne McGill
09 December 2020 TLA in Action: Connection, Collaboration, & Community
05 December 2020 Fireside Tales: A Virtual Camp In // with Lyn Ford
04 December 2020 A Virtual Greenhouse: Cultivating, Nurturing, and Sustaining Creative Growth through Literary Friendship
04 November 2020 Leverage Your Expertise as a Social Arts Practice, for Community Engagement, and Radical Livelihood // with Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams
28 October 2020 The Art of Facilitation: Roots and Blossoms of Facilitation // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
18 October 2020 Writing to this Moment: Taking Uncertainty to the Page // with Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA
14 October 2020 Kissing the Muse: A Messy, Magical, Art-Making Adventure // with Robbyn Layne McGill
23 September 2020 How Pictures Heal: Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
05 August 2020 Pathways to Wholeness: Mindful Writing Toward Momentous Leaps of Meaning // with Marianela Medrano
24 June 2020 The Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Change & Community // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
24 June 2020 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
25 March 2020 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
25 March 2020 The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir // with Jennifer Browdy, PhD
15 January 2020 Your Memoir as Monologue: Writing Monologues for Healing and Transformation // with Kelly DuMar
15 January 2020 The Art of Facilitation: Roots and Blossoms of Facilitation // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg & Joy Roulier Sawyer
23 October 2019 15 Poets to Change Your Life & Spark Your Writing // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
23 October 2019 Poems As Prayers: Writing Towards a Just World // with Caits Meissner
04 September 2019 Speaking Your Truth: Creative Writing in Political Times // with Angie Ebba
26 June 2019 15 Poets to Change Your Life & Spark Your Writing // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
24 April 2019 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
06 March 2019 Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford
16 January 2019 How Pictures Heal: Honoring Memory & Loss through Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
24 October 2018 Coming Home to Body, Earth, and Time: Writing From Where We Live // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
24 October 2018 Leverage Your TLA Expertise for Publication, Community, Business, and Livelihood // with Yvette Hyater-Adams
05 September 2018 Cultivating Our Voices: Writing Life Stories for Change // with Dr. Liz Burke-Cravens
05 September 2018 The Five Senses and Four Elements: Connecting With the Body and Nature Through Poetry // with Angie Ebba
27 June 2018 Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies) // with Jennye Patterson
27 June 2018 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
27 June 2018 & They Call Us Crazy: Outsider Writing to Cross the Borders of Human Imagination // with Caits Meissner
16 May 2018 Values of the Future Through Transformative Language Arts // with Doug Lipman
04 April 2018 Stories with Spirit: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice // with Regi Carpenter
14 March 2018 Writing for Social Change: Redream a Just World // with Anya Achtenberg
21 February 2018 Funding Transformation: Grant Writing for Storytellers, Writers, Artists, Educators, & Activists // with Diane Silver
10 January 2018 Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford
18 October 2017 Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation // with Dr. Liz Burke-Cravens
18 October 2017 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
06 September 2017 Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing and Transformation for Performance // with Kelly DuMar
06 September 2017 Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies) // with Jennifer Patterson
14 June 2017 The Five Senses and Four Elements: Connecting with the Body and Nature Through Poetry // with Angie River
14 June 2017 The Poetics of Witness: Writing Beyond the Self // with Caits Meissner
19 April 2017 Diving and Emerging: Finding Your Voice and Identity in Personal Stories // with Regi Carpenter
01 March 2017 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs-Young
01 March 2017 How Pictures Heal: Honoring Memory & Loss through Expressive Writing from Personal Photos // with Kelly DuMar
11 January 2017 Values of the Future Through Transformative Language Arts // with Doug Lipman
11 January 2017 Writing from the Root & Through the Body // with Marianela Medrano
11 January 2017 Your Callings, Your Livelihood, Your Life // With Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
26 October 2016 Leverage Your TLA Expertise for Publication, Community, Business, and Livelihood // with Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams
26 October 2016 Not Enough Spoons: Writing About Disability & Chronic Illness // with Angie River
14 September 2016 Wound Dwelling: Writing the Survivor Body(ies) // with Jennifer Patterson
14 September 2016 Creating a Sustainable Story: Self-Care, Meaningful Work, and the Business of Creativity // with Laura Packer
29 June 2016 Coming Home to Body, Earth, and Time: Writing From Where We Live // with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
29 June 2016 Making the Leap into Work You Love // with Scott Youmans
18 May 2016 Saturated Selfies: Intentional and Intense Photography and Writing
18 May 2016 Changing the World with Words: TLA Foundations // with Joanna Tebbs Young
28 March 2016 Gathering Courage: Still-Doing, Big Journaling, and Other (Not So Scary) Ways to Begin Accommodating the Soul
15 February 2016 Living Out Loud: Healing Through Storytelling and Writing
15 February 2016 Soulful Songwriting: How To Begin, Collaborate, And Finish Your Song
04 January 2016 The Five Senses and the Four Elements: Connecting with the Body and Nature Through Poetry
04 January 2016 Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing and Transformation for Performance

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