Schedule Summary

10511218_789961027715052_4879071806383951168_nThe conference begins with check-in 4-6 p.m. on Friday Sept. 18 and ends with lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 20. Pre-conference events begin with 6 p.m. dinner on Thursday, Sept. 17 and end at 5:30 p.m., Friday Sept. 18. All events take place at Unity Village. Registration information here.


4-6 p.m. Arrival and Check-in (for pre-conference events)

6-7 p.m. Dinner

7-9 p.m. Heartland Songs & Stories: Take Five: Enjoy some of the best of local music and storytelling and singer-songwriter Michael Murphreee, storyteller Priscilla Howe, jazz singer Stephanie Moore, singer-songwriter Natanyael, and storyteller Laura Packer.

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7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:30 -11:30  Pre-Conference Workshops:

P1. Rewrite Until You Hit The Motherlode – Jimmy Santiago Baca

P2. In Praise of Who & What We Love – The Power of Writing & “Playing Back” Poems of Affirmation – Kelly DuMar

12-1  p.m. Lunch

12-4  TLA Network Council Annual Meeting and Strategic Planning Session with Laura Packer

1:30-3:30  Pre-Conference Workshops

P3. Ringing True: Cultivating Joy and Gathering Courage – Thandiwe Shiphrah

P4. Playing for Change: The Active Reveal – Darren Canady

4-6  Pre-Conference Workshops

P5. Write from the Earth – Ken Lassman & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg – meets outside, rain or shine

P6. Writing is Necessary as the Air I Breathe: Writing with Intention – Xánath Caraza

4-6  Arrival and check-in for conference

6-7  Dinner

7:15-9:30  Conference Opening: Welcome, Introductions, and Performances:

Xánath Caraza – “Poetry is Necessary as Air to Me: A Trilingual Poetry Reading and Sharing of Experiences from the Heartland to the Coast” – Xánath will read selected poems in three languages, Spanish, Nahuatl and English and share how poetry from the heartland is received throughout the U.S.

Darren Canady – “The Black American Heartland” – The stories of the African-American Midwest are vital and tightly woven in to the fabric of the American experience. It’s time to call them forward and move them out of a cultural blind spot. And that’s exactly what playwright Darren Canady intends to do.

10-11  – Night Owls Reading, Telling and Peformances Open Mic

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7:30-8:30  Breakfast

8:30-9:15  Talking circles

9:30-11 Workshop Series #1

1A. The Healing Power of “Role” – Adam Blatner and Allee Blatner

1B. Pathways and Portals: Into the Light Through Poetry – Judith Goedeke

1C. Finding Your Inspiration Through Artistic Channeling – Kelly Hams Pearson and Sharon Gibson

1D.Transmissions: Bodies/Echoes/Ash: An Audience-Engaged Grief Ritual and Workshop on Improvisation as a Creative and Political Tool – mia susan amir and Freddy Gutierrez

1E. Re-envisioning Democracy – Diane Silver

11:15-12 “Wordlife” featuring Madiba with Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey – This performance will feature the wide-ranging poetic works of E.G. Bailey and Sha Cage, and their experiences in the art form of spoken word, practiced through a variety of disciplines including theatre, film and music.

12-1  Lunch

12-1 TLAN Certification and Online Class Information Lunch

1-2:30  Workshop Series #2

2A. Storying Our Grief: the Transformative Power of Loss – Laura Packer

2B. Making Mandala Magic: Transformation & Healing from the Inside Out – Maria IMG_0765V. Johnson

2C. Thoughts Are Things: The Bridge Between Intention & Manifestation – LaVetta Westphal-Rolfs & Verne Brien

2D. Women in Folktales: Images and Transformations – Janice M. Del Negro, PhD

2E. The Hidden Storytelling Skills: How to Perfect and Teach Them – Doug Lipman

​2:45-3:30 Workshop Series #3: Minis

3A. Once Upon A Time in Oregon – Rebecca Hom

3B. Having Opened the Book: Poetry, Moment, Art, Sound and Voice on Grief and Healing – Mary Ladany, Kathleen Kelly, Mary Lindroth

3C. Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and Ten Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn’t – Mel Ryane

3D. Inter-Acting Globally, Thinking Locally: TLA & Embracing the Unexpected – Katt Lissard

3:30-4:15 Dances of Universal Peace: Song, Dance, and Music Honoring the Divine in All – Teri Lynn Grunthaner, Forrest Pierce, & Clark Jamison

3:30-4:15 Discover Goddard Reception: Learn about Goddard’s Transformative Language Arts and other programs, with Katt Lissard, acting Transformative Language Arts coordinator; Chip Cummings, admissions counselor for the Goddard Graduate Workshop; Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, acting program director of the Goddard Graduate Institute and founder of TLA at Goddard; and current students and alumni.

4:30-6 Workshop Series #4


4A. The Present Tense; The Palpable Word – Penny Weiner and Deborah Altus

4B. Your Joy Journal: Memories, Moments and Wordplay – Lyn Ford

4C. Gutless & Grateful: Healing Through the Passion for Life – Amy Oestreicher

4D. In Da Tradition – EG Bailey & Shá Cage

4E. Dear Storyteller, I Have a Story for You – Mike Seliger, Kristin Stegman

6:00-7:00  Dinner

6:00-7:00: Dinner and TLA Network Council and Committee Interest Meeting – Want to learn more about our council-based guidance of the TLA Network and how you can get involved, and help grow your own leadership and collaboration experience as well as TLA in the world? Please come to this informative session to hear a little of how we do what we do (mostly through monthly calls that begin and end with a poem or story) and to share your interests and curiosities. Bring you food to the designated tables, and please join us!


7:15 – 8:15: Jimmy Santiago Baca – “Using Language To Re-Examine the Road To Our Inner Selves” – Jimmy will read from his work and talk about how we can use language both to explore the road to our inner selves (a road always under construction) and to excavate the rare minerals of our being (Jimmy’s talk following Improvalooza fundraiser for scholarship fund).

8:30-10:30  Coffeehouse of Wonder Open Mic

SUNDAY, Sept. 20:

7:30-8:30  Breakfast

8:30-9:15  Talking circles

9:30-11  Workshop Series #5

5A. The Turning Points Personal Narrative Process: Change Your Story, Transform Your Life – Jenifer Strauss

5B. Journeying to Wholeness: Ceremony to Heal From the Fragmentation of Divorce and Other Loss – Beth Honeycutt

5C. Listening to and Through the Body – Seema Reza and Amelia Bane

5D. Journal Your Way to a New Beginning Using the Wisdom of the Moon – Tina M. Games

11:30-12  Closing Circle

12-1  Lunch

1:15-2:45 Fringe Festival: Poetry and Music to Carry You Home

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A Net Full of Hope – Annette Billings

Mosaic: Songs of Tragedy and Triumph – Joy Zimmerman