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How to Design and Facilitate On-Line Classes // with Caryn Mirriam Goldberg and Joy Roulier Sawyer

  • 14 August 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • online



Want to hone your online teaching skills or learn how to transition in-person teaching to online?

Come explore course design and facilitation best practices that align with your values, callings, and communities.

How to Design and Facilitate On-Line Classes will explore practices for putting together written on-line classes and/or Zoom sessions for building and facilitating life-giving online courses. We’ll especially look at TLA-related workshops, such as writing, storytelling, poetry, spoken word, and other ways to be a word artist in the world.

In this two-hour session, Joy and Caryn—who have over 50 years of combined workshop facilitation experience between them—will guide you on a journey of what to ask yourself, think about, research, and plan out when considering an online workshop. 

While this class is an overview of questions to live your way into finding your best way forward, we’ll also share lots of resources and considerations to help you start thinking or deepen your thinking about:

  • How to zero in on a focus that fits the time, audience, and your callings.

  • The best shape of your workshop: a one-time session, a multi-week class, or a day or weekend-long retreat.

  • Ways to begin, develop, and end sessions, pacing them in tune with your people and focus.

  • How to craft a flexible but sturdy curriculum that can bend as needed.

  • Effective facilitation in action on Zoom or online platforms, including how to engage students, balance participation, and navigate potential challenges.

  • Ethical considerations to keep in mind when it comes to online teaching.

  • How to work with time in online settings for refreshing and energizing classes.

We’ll have time for your questions and share a rich packet of resources, including information about our Art of Facilitation training.

All proceeds from this class will benefit the TLA Network.

Who Should Attend?

1) People who already teach online and want to hone their skills; 2) People who want to transition their in-person classes to online ones or develop online classes to add to their in-person ones; 3) People interested in learning how to start thinking about facilitating TLA classes in any form.


This class will be presented Wednesday, August 14, 2024 from 7-9 p.m. ET/ 6-8 p.m. CT/ 5-7 p.m. MT/ 4-6  p.m. PT / 11 p.m. -1 a.m. UTC as a one-time, 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 and Joy Roulier Sawyer 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

We thank you

About the Facilitators

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, founder of Transformative Language Arts, has been leading community creative, healing, and social change arts workshops for years, and she has trained and supervised many graduate students in facilitation. She studied meeting facilitation and organizational development through Quaker, bioregional, and grassroots traditions and teachers. Over the last 30 years, she's facilitated hundreds of meetings for groups and businesses and trained dozens of community groups and entrepreneurs. She is the past Kansas Poet Laureate and author of 24 books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. You can connect with Caryn in these places:






Joy Roulier Sawyer has been facilitating counseling groups, community gatherings, spiritual congregations, and writing workshops since 1995. A retired licensed professional counselor and poetry/journal therapist and supervisor, she now uses her therapeutic expertise to facilitate writing outreaches to those experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, addiction, and women transitioning out of incarceration. A widely published author and poet, she recently revised and updated the third edition of Biblio/Poetry Therapy: The Interactive Process, a seminal textbook for writing and healing practitioners. You can connect with Joy in these places:






You can reach both Caryn and Joy at:

http://artoffacilitation.net and writers.com

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